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Creative Copywriter

Responsible to: Managing Director

Our History

Formed in the UK by Felix Barrett in 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic and emotional storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classical texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation, and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Our award-winning productions invite audiences to rediscover the childlike excitement and anticipation of exploring the unknown and experience a real sense of adventure.
The company’s international production, Sleep No More, celebrated eight years of its extended run in the USA in 2019. In December 2016, a redeveloped version of the production opened in Shanghai and continues to run. The Third Day, a six part TV drama and theatrical broadcast created by Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett aired on Sky and HBO earlier this year. 

Punchdrunk’s award-winning productions include:

  • Faust (in collaboration with the National Theatre, 2006)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (in collaboration with BAC, 2008)
  • Tunnel 228 (in collaboration with The Old Vic, 2009)
  • It Felt Like A Kiss (with Adam Curtis and Damon Albarn, Manchester International Festival, 2009)
  • Sleep No More (with the American Repertory Theatre, Boston, Mass., 2009)
  • The Duchess of Malfi (with ENO, 2010)
  • The Crash of the Elysium (Manchester International Festival, 2011)
  • The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (with the National Theatre, 2013)
  • Kabeiroi (2018)
  • Small Wonders (LIFT Festival 2018, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, 2019)
  • The Third Day (a co-production with Sky and HBO, 2020)

Since 2008, Punchdrunk Enrichment has taken the company’s innovative practice into communities, creating performances with and for children, young people and the wider community. 

Key projects to date include schools projects The Lost Lending Library and A Small Tale, alongside Small Wonders, a production for 5-11 year olds and Against Captain’s Orders, a family adventure created in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, and Greenhive Green, which took place in a care home for older people including those with dementia.

Job Description

  • You will be responding to creative ideas and translating this into engaging copy
  • Initially the copy will appear in decks outlining Punchdrunk projects in development

Person Specification

  • A minimum of five years of copywriting experience
  • Ability to identify key messages and communicate them in a creative and accessible way
  • Able to tailor your writing style to match Punchdrunk’s own
  • Experience of working with creatives to distill key messages
  • A passion for theatre and Punchdrunk’s work


If you are called for an interview you will be required to sign a Punchdrunk Non-Disclosure Agreement in advance of the meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of this role, please email [email protected]


Salary: daily rate based on experience

Contract: freelance

Place of work: This is a remote working role


Please send a cover letter outlining how your experience matches the requirements of this role along with your CV (no more than two sides of A4) to [email protected] by 12pm midday Monday 2nd November 2020.

  • Successful applicants will be invited to interview during the week commencing Monday 9th November
  • Contract will commence as soon as possible

Punchdrunk welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, regardless of gender, age, race, sexuality or disability and makes appointments based solely on ability to fulfil the duties of the post. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be given the opportunity to specify any access needs so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


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