News: Shunt Announces New Show “The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face”

Shunt artwork - A5 RGB 72dpiCelebrated theatre company, Shunt, who are renowned for their large-scale site-specific theatrical experiences, will be blasting the shrink-wrap off a new summer performance venue in North Greenwich, with new show The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face.

Situated on an old coaling jetty elevated above the river Thames near the O2 Arena, Shunt, in their first ever outdoor production, will usher willing audience members through a disorientating and multi-sensory experience inside a cluster of shipping containers. Their previous fully-immersive theatre pieces, such as The Architects and Money, has won them fame and acclaim time and time again, and The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face looks to continue their track record of thrilling and bold events.

Unsurprisingly, Shunt are being scintillating coy about what the show is about, only letting on that it will draw inspiration from Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies and Jospeh Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness. Furthermore, their freshly released trailer (below) is surreally enigmatic, prompting more questions than answers. The only other things we know is that audience members will be required to remove their socks and shoes to go barefoot through the experience, and that – and I quote:

“Every 10 minutes 30 people will disappear into a shipping container and are spat out 45 minutes later.”

If you’re not feeling that brave, there will also be a pop-up bar and food venue, so you can keep yourself occupied whilst you assume your friends will join you later for a much needed drink.

Tickets are £10, which is incredibly affordable. So given the bargain price and Shunt’s reputation, I would highly suggest booking asap as it’s likely to sell out quickly given the strictly limited six week run.

See you on the other side!

The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face will run at The Jetty, London, SE10 0FL, from 14 August – 28 September 2014. Tickets are £10. To book, visit For more information about Shunt and the production, visit

About James Waygood

Half-Welsh, half-Chinese British writer living and working in Poland. Ex-theatre and film critic, and avid gamer, he has a passion for anything interesting. View all posts by James Waygood

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