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Punchdrunk announce Helen Bonham Carter as narrator for Viola's Room

Punchdrunk have today announced Helena Bonham Carter as the narrator for the world premiere of their new production, Viola’s Room. The show opens at the company’s home in Woolwich this May for a limited run. The narration is pre-recorded and audiences will be guided by Helena’s voice, scripted by Daisy Johnson, through headphones.

In Viola’s Room, barefoot, and wearing headphones, small groups of up to six at a time will feel their way through a maze-like installation as an unseen narrator guides them on a sensory journey to reveal a story of innocence lost and obsession unleashed. Written by Booker Prize-shortlisted Daisy Johnson, Viola’s Room reimagines Barry Pain’s classic gothic mystery The Moon-Slave for a new audience.

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On being part of Viola's Room, Helena Bonham Carter said:

Having long been a fan of Punchdrunk, when Felix (Barrett) shared the concept of Viola’s Room with me, I was captivated. How could I resist a gothic fairytale interpreted through Daisy Johnson’s febrile pen, layered with Punchdrunk’s incomparable sensory craft and magic?  It’s an honour to be narrating this truly unique experience.’

Punchdrunk Artistic Director Felix Barrett also said:

It was a pinch me moment hearing Helena bring Daisy’s words to life. What an icon - and what a truly mesmerising enchantment she brings to Viola’s Room. I’m beyond thrilled to offer our audiences the chance to have Helena Bonham Carter whisper in their ear and delicately, deviously steward them through our dreamworld.’

The production is conceived, directed and designed by Artistic Director Felix Barrett, with co-direction by Associate Director Hector Harkness (One Night, Long Ago; The Third Day) and design by Casey Jay Andrews, who was part of the design team on The Burnt City. Working with Punchdrunk for the first time are Lighting Designer Simon Wilkinson (Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Vanishing Point’s Metamorphosis), and Sound Designer Gareth Fry (Complicité’s The Encounter; V&A’s David Bowie Is, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser and Diva exhibitions).

Viola’s Room will take place at Punchdrunk’s home at One Cartridge Place, Woolwich. 


Viola's Room will begin previews on 14th May, and will run until 18th August in Woolwich. Tickets are on sale via, priced from £28.50 per person.


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