The crash of the elysium

manchester international festival • 1 - 17 july 2011

ipswich • 15 June - 8 July 2012

Presented by Manchester International Festival, Punchdrunk and BBC Wales.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, BBC, London 2012 Festival and Salford City Council.


The Crash of The Elysium was a live Doctor Who theatre adventure created especially for children and families, that was conceived in close collaboration with members of Doctor Who’s creative team at the BBC, including Stephen Moffat and Tom McRae. The show played to an audience of nearly 7,000 in Manchester and Ipswich. 



 Susannah Clapp, The Observer



"Not for the faint of heart or short of breath" 

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian



"Awesome, wicked, fantastico, the best thing ever, epic, ten out of ten. A mere adult can only concur." 

Paul Valley, The Independent. 


Director: Felix Barrett
Writer: Tom MacRae
Based on an original idea by: Steven Moffat
Designer: Livi Vaughan
Lighting Designer: Paul Normandale
Sound Design: Stephen Dobbie

Photos by Mike Kwasniak

Funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distribution.