The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Opened: June 2013

Temple Studios (Secret Location in Zone 1)

General Managed

‘A huge cult hit that will be talked about for years to come’

Daily Telegraph

By Felix Barrett.

The award-winning Punchdrunk staged their biggest and most ambitious production yet. The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable was an extraordinary theatrical adventure: a unique personal journey which unfolded across four levels of a vast central London location.

Amidst the fading glamour of 1960s Los Angeles, stands Temple Studios – a crumbling monument to the golden age of film, seducing wide-eyed dreamers with the promise of wealth and fame. Here, movie stars mingle with hungry young upstarts, while beyond the gates lies a forgotten hinterland where the many rejected by the studio system scratch out a living.

Inspired by Georg Büchner’s fractured masterpiece Woyzeck, The Drowned Man explored the darkness of the Hollywood dream. Celluloid fantasy met desperate reality, and certainty dissolved into a hallucinatory world.

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