MAT & Purbanat Theatre present


by David Calcutt & Sarah Sayeed


26 July - 8 August 2021

In the aftermath of war, four characters go on a strange and mysterious journey – descending underground. They are haunted by visions, and ghosts of the past. The things they have done, the things they have gone through, the things they have seen. Can they rebuild their lives?


Their journey ends in a strange encounter - and a dreamlike vision of the Earth reborn …

The production of Descent is a unique, haunting and immersive experience. It is visually stunning, combining drama, music, dance and film.

Don’t miss this extraordinary, unforgettable event!

It is set in the Lampworks, a former factory building in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The audience will move around the space, following the characters on their “journey” through different locations.

The performance lasts approximately one hour. On most days, there are two performances, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is an additional performance at 11.30am. 

To book tickets, go to:

We have designed the production so that it can be performed even if social distancing measures remain in place. If any performances have to be cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

You can follow these links to find out more about the creation of the play:

An Interview with the Director


Dante and Ibn Arabi

Journeys of Descent

Goddesses of the Underworld

Site-Specific Theatre

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Supported by Arts Council England, Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Cole Trust, Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, William A. Cadbury Trust, Grimmitt Trust, Keith and Joan Mindelsohn Trust