Sanctum Theatre

“And The Man Who Cannot Sleep…forged a dark and surreal dystopia, packed with visual surprises, from a fusion of soundscape, sculpture and full-body puppetry.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age.

A giant head sits on a street corner. He has woken up in the past, our present. He does not want to fall asleep again. He does not want to return to the devastated land of the future. Throughout the night he witnesses our revelry, us naive Lilliputians, and cannot believe his eyes.

A surrealist performance combining puppetry and projection. The Man Who Cannot Sleep is a gargantuan emissary from the world of dreams. It is an ode to a civilization on the verge of collapse.

Conceived by Magic Lantern Studio’s Gonzalo Varela and realised in collaboration with Sanctum Theatre’s Lachlan Plain. The Man Who Cannot Sleep premieres at White Night 2018.

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S a n c t u m T h e a t r e is a Melbourne-based, visual performance company presenting ‘folk theatre’ in everyday spaces.

S a n c t u m T h e a t r e aims to establish a fluid dialogue through time, blood and place – an animism for the twenty…


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S a n c t u m T h e a t r e is a Melbourne-based, visual performance company presenting ‘folk theatre’ in everyday spaces.

S a n c t u m T h e a t r e aims to establish a fluid dialogue through time, blood and place – an animism for the twenty first century.

Through its' ‘zero projects’ S a n c t u m T h e a t r e aims to re-animate and re-mystify local landscapes in the communal imagination.

S a n c t u m T h e a t r e was launched in 2006 with lament: candles & compost, the first theatre production to be staged at the Abbotsford Convent.

Since then S a n c t u m T h e a t r e have presented numerous interactive theatre events, community arts projects, exhibitions and the short film the ferryman and his wife.

S a n c t u m T h e a t r e also works with communities to devise plays, parades, installatinons and exhibitions as well as touring roving acts to festivals, parades, parties, weddings and all manner of festivities.

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