The Halfway House - The old Central Saint Martins.

The Halfway House was a site-specific, immersive theatre piece that was devised and staged by Persona Collective in the Old Central Saint Martins campus on Southampton Row, Holborn. The Koppel Project kindly invited Persona Collective – to develop and stage a theatre show at their Koppel Project Campus, which was conceived as an experimental, cross-disciplinary education and arts facility in the former Saint Martins. It has been vacant for many years and is eventually due to be redeveloped as a high-end hotel. The live show took place from 21st September to 4th October 2020. The narrative revolved around three storylines, each unfolding in ‘The Halfway House’ - a fictional hotel. The building and its residents are stuck between two worlds, paralysed by nostalgia and slipping into real and fabricated versions of their past, but equally seduced by and drawn into this absurdly ill-fitting new reality of a ‘luxury’ hotel, which is in the process of being constructed but already feels extremely makeshift, seedy and tired. There will be a film released this year, which will open it up to a much bigger audience and also allow those who did attend to see the show from the perspective of the other characters.

"Persona Collective immersive theatre shows, are the most prolific and ambitious projects I have come across in the past two years. 'The Candidate' and 'The Halfway House', are undeniably pushing the boundaries of experimentation, constantly questioning what live performance means today. Their scenarios are visually and conceptually curated to the minimum detail, and yet they leave space to the audiences to be part of it. I truly believe Persona Collective artistic research will have a big impact on the theatre community and beyond."​ - Marcela Iriarte Villa Lobos
"Research into the history of the site, its urban context and past uses and users heavily influences the role-plays and the narratives" - Satu Streatfield, Lighting Design director

"A team of scenographers worked together to transform some of the spaces into hotel rooms, a reception and a restaurant while some of the other rooms and corridors would remain original. We wanted to show to the audience what was really happening inside the building at that time. The space was already a building site and the iconic art school was in the process of being transformed into a high-end hotel"
- Rocio Ayllon, Artistic Director

Project Tags


  • Shakespeare's Globe logo

    Shakespeare's Globe

    • Charity
  • The Koppel Project logo

    The Koppel Project

    • Arts and Culture
  • D

    Direct Digital

    • W

      White Light Ltd

      • S

        Stoane Lighting

        • O

          Orbital Sound