MAT & Purbanat Theatre present


by David Calcutt & Sarah Sayeed


26 July - 8 August 2021

"A brilliant piece of theatre"- Elise Evans, Radio WM


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 … 

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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! 

Click on the video to hear David Allen talking about the play with Elise Evans on Radio WM

Descent will be performed 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 are performances at 11.30am, 3pm and 7.30pm. 

To book tickets, go to:

It will be possible to buy tickets on the door - providing the performance is not fully booked.


You can also book tickets on 07946 006511.

We have designed the production so that social distancing measures can be maintained throughout, for everyone's safety. If any performances have to be cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

Follow this link to find out How to Get There - and for guidelines on attending the performance safely

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

The Drama of the Lost Word

The Tree of Life

Gwenyth Hood on "Descent" (1)

Gwenyth Hood on "Descent" (2)

Site-Specific Theatre

Seminar Series

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

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