The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

A new theatrical adventure from Punchdrunk.

Last showing: 6 July 2014.

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The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Presented by Punchdrunk and the National Theatre

It’s a wrap! The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, the biggest and most ambitious production yet from the award-winning Punchdrunk, played its final performance on Sunday 6 July 2014.
 
Set amidst the fading glamour of 1960s Los Angeles, The Drowned Man explored the darkness of the Hollywood dream, where celluloid fantasy meets desperate reality, and certainty dissolves into a hallucinatory world.

This extraordinary theatrical adventure has played to over 170,000 people, each of whom have undergone a unique personal journey that unfolded across four levels of a vast central London location.

Watch the trailer on You Tube.

What to expect from the performance ?
The Drowned Man was no conventional theatre experience. The following will helped visitors navigate the world of the production…

This was a promenade production. Comfortable footwear was essential. The performance lasted for up to three hours.

Your curiosity is key. The more you explore, the richer your experience will be. Delve in, be bold, and immerse yourself.

Age restriction 16yrs+
Anyone aged 16 or 17 had to be accompanied by an adult and should have reported to the box office located inside the main entrance on arrival at Temple Studios. Photo ID was required on entry.

 

Original photos: Brinkhoff / Mögenburg and Helen Maybanks.

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Rules for Living. Instruction image for combining people and objects
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - Portrait of an 18th century woman, collaged and retouched
  • The Red Lion. Blurred figure holding a football in a doorway, lit from behind
  • The Motherf**cker with the Hat. Illustration of a head with a hat but no face
  • An Oak Tree. Instructional diagram of one male figure raising and lowering another with their hand, as if by magic
  • Everyman - a figure in a bleak space with cartoon finger pointing down at his head
  • Connections 2015: photomontage with a plastic chair, stage lights and sneakers
  • We Want You to Watch. Female head with wide open mouth and wide open mouths for eyes
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • Three Days in the Country: A woman's arms against a tree trunk
  • Our Country's Good: illustration of a figure in the distance with a manacle on the fore-ground
  • People, Places and Things. Superimposed photo of a woman's head with her face repeated twice, once in red once blue
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • National Youth Theatre: Consensual.  2 teenagers in school uniform, one with her hand over the boys mouth
  • National Youth Theatre: Wuthering Heights, Title in black, over a photo of a young woman dancing in a nightclub
  • National Youth Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, Title in white, over a B&W photo of a V for Vendetta mask
  • wonder.land - a grinning cartoon cat