Jude Law and Naomie Harris head the show that also includes an as-live broadcast from immersive theatre specialists Punchdrunk
Summer 2020 has been a strange one. But the eerily weird summer that Jude Law is having in The Third Day – a new Sky original drama from Utopia writer Dennis Kelly and immersive theatre company Punchdrunk’s artistic director, Felix Barrett – could give it a run for its money. Set on the real-life island of Osea, Essex, Law plays city-dweller Sam, who finds himself stranded when the tide cuts Osea off from the mainland. As the islanders gear up for their bizarre festival, Sam begins to realise that the people of Osea are stranger and more dangerous than he first thought.
The Third Day is a unique proposition. It’s comprised of three separate but interconnected stories that all take place on Osea. The first, titled Summer, is led by Law, the second, Winter, by Naomie Harris – and Autumn is a bold theatrical broadcast event on Sky Arts (Saturday 3 October), orchestrated by immersive theatre company Punchdrunk that takes place between them. Barrett says: “It’s been a long-held ambition of mine to create a story that would begin on TV, transfer into a live experience, then fold back into TV. We wanted to break the fourth wall of television.” The original plan for Autumn was an immersive theatre experience on Osea Island that viewers could attend in person, but due to Covid-19 it has been turned into a filmed, as-live broadcast.