Do excuse the huge gap in between this post and my last. The last week of March (and therefore term) was hectic, and that would be putting it gently. A personal favourite was doing an essay until 5am, before getting up at 8am to go and hand another one in before the deadline. I felt like a true student after that escapade. Even though completing the term is always a huge relief, it just reminds me that exams are that much closer. With that and various bits of writing outside of university which had to be done for this week, everything has been pretty stressful and so the blog was put on the back burner. But alas! I'm back.
I thought it was about time I posted about an event I went to a few weeks ago. Well, event... Performance... I find it hard to define. The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is apparently an 'immersive theatre production' put together by Punchdrunk and the National Theatre. Whatever category it fits into, what an experience that was. On entering the mysterious Paddington venue, you are given a slip of paper containing the background story, as well as a mask - which explains the photos. You then follow who I believe is the studio tour guide (forgive me for not fully paying attention at this point) into a lift, after which point the story unfolds in front of your very eyes.
It's an amazing concept, as you get such an intimate glimpse into the story and the characters' lives (the back stories of which are incredibly intricate), and genuinely feel as though you form part of the drama. And though I wasn't one of the lucky few, some people are approached by the actors for one-on-one performances, which are said to be amazing. All of the scenes in the 'Hollywood studio', plus each bedroom, bar, shop, and everything in between, contain such a vast amount of items personal to the characters, which make it feel like you've stumbled upon private information, though in this case you're allowed to rifle through it all guilt-free. Hallelujah!
I seriously recommend going - tickets may seem steep to some, but you can spend up to three hours exploring, so I'd say you get your money's worth (plus concessions are available). And besides, it's a unique experience - so unique that some people go multiple times and still haven't covered every aspect. My legs ached slightly by the end of it, but I can't praise the production enough; the acting, the level of detail for the sets, and the experience as a whole were all impeccable. Take a look at their website for information on booking, plus a little background information to give you a taste of what it's all about. What are you waiting for?
P.S. The current batch of tickets are running until May sometime, though I think they may release more every few months. I'd also like to point out that none of this is sponsored.