The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable
Temple Studios (Secret Location in Zone 1)
‘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.