Last night I visited Punchdrunk’s interactive theatre production ‘The Drowned Man.'
“Temple Pictures is the name of the fictional Hollywood film studio, which forms the setting and backdrop of the production. Influenced by Georg Buchner’s famous unfinished play Woyzeck, the production occupies four floors – the various sets and locations within the building represent internal and external locations both within Temple Pictures and also the outskirts of the town near which it is situated. The various locations include a desert, a saloon, a trailer park, a chapel, as well as several dressed sound stages and a Lynchian black and white chequerboard dancefloor. The Drowned Man is Punchdrunk’s largest theatre installation yet, covering 200,000 sqft. and catering for up to 600 audience members per show with a cast of nearly 40. The audience members, who are free to roam around the sets at will, wear white masks to distinguish themselves from the cast, and the narrative is communicated through a series of overlapping scenes blending the mediums of interpretative dance, contemporary dance and traditional acting”.
Truly one of the most thrilling and entertaining experiences I’ve had. Abandon all preconceptions of what theatre should be and prepare yourself… The production ends 6 July – GO!