Periplum produce ground-breaking site-responsive & outdoor theatre performance, making work that is narrative-led and content-driven while bringing the intimacy of human drama into shows of a spectacular scale.
In collaboration with composers, designers, engineers & pyrotechnicians, the company deliver highly visual, socially significant and emotionally explosive work for all the senses. The company produce large and mid-scale touring productions for festivals, and also specialise in heritage, participatory & educational projects, creating unique location-specific events.
Formed in 1999 by Artistic Directors Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, Periplum place equal emphasis on all elements of performance – innovative visual design, original text, specially commissioned music & quality acting. We explore dynamic staging that responds to & visually transforms environments, offering an intense & interactive experience through 360 degree surround performance and promenading formats.
Whether detailing the delirium of a fevered mind or the vast workings of a social revolution, we seek to offer rare and extraordinary experiences in the belief that through performance transformation can take place.
We have had work commissioned & funded by the National Theatre, the British Museum, the British Council, the BBC, Arts Council England, Brighton Festival, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Conaculta Mexico, Without Walls Street Arts Consortium, and many local authorities, festivals & venues across the UK.
Accolades & nominations for our work include multiple Guardian Critics’ Choice awards, the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe First and the Pierre de Coubertin prize for Best Creative Cultural project for education in the Cultural Olympiad. The company have toured acclaimed productions & education projects across the UK, Europe, Asia & Latin America.
Image- 451 by Periplum (c) Kat Ciemiega