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Ipswich Elysium

Have you managed to catch The Crash of the Elysium yet?

Created by Felix Barrett, creative director for Punchdrunk, and writer Tom MacRae, the intense theatre production opened at the Manchester International Festival last year and is set to move to Ipswich this summer between June 15th and July 8th. This time The Crash of the Elysium is part of the Ip-art Festival as well as the London 2012 Festival, which will feature events from around the UK.

Using footage of Matt Smith as the Doctor, The Crash of the Elysium asks an audience of up to 25 people at a time to assist the Time Lord in saving the world.

Although a venue is yet to be selected, chief executive of the New Wolsey Theatre Sarah Holmes said:

“It’s nothing like a play where you sit on a seat – it’s critical that you play your part.”

Meanwhile east regional director for the Arts Council Helen Lax said:

“It is a big deal for arts in Suffolk but also wider than that, as audiences will be from across the region and country.”

An amazing 24 performances a day to 25 people at a time should enable up to 11,000 people to take part, with funding coming from the Arts Council which has given £200,000 towards the show.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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