• Unpaid internships reduce the overall number of available jobs by replacing paid work with unpaid work, which makes the unemployment problem worse.
• Unpaid internships are a barrier that prevents those who don’t have other means of support (ie parents, trust funds…) from entering certain industries. Which results in:
- A reduction in economic mobility, which is already depressingly low in the US.
- Lack of diversity in industries that rely on unpaid interns - if only certain classes of people can afford to take the internships that lead to jobs in media, journalism, or politics, there’s a negative social impact in that it reduces the diversity of voices that shape our culture.
• Unpaid internships create a situation where those with little power can easily be exploited. (Lack of civil rights protections, lack of sexual harassment protections, no health insurance, and a fear to speak out because job opportunities could be compromised.)
See also: Intern Nation by Ross Perlin
Or in convenient comic form:
Sleep No More is all about being trapped and oppressed - by relationships, power, and the space itself. But The Drowned Man is about being lost, discarded, and forgotten.
Both the spaces and the relationships of the characters go along with this theme: the SNM space is smaller, every character but three has someone who loves them (and two out of the three still have love stories, so), and the Woman and Man in Bar seem more present. Walk-outs end with a kiss and some genuine intimacy. Characters try to break out of their decisions and fates, but can’t.
Whether the SNM theme is “fate is unavoidable” or “the consequences of your actions are unavoidable” – either way, there’s a claustrophobic chronology that permeates their loops. The smaller space, the intimacy, the feeling of inescapableness – it’s small scale, and it’s amazing.
On the other hand, the TDM space is colossal and daunting, many of the characters are alone, there’s an ongoing theme of people being thrown away or lost in dark corners to rot in obscurity. Even when you know the space, even when there are 600 other audience members - you often feel totally alone. Instead of a kiss, walk-outs usually end with a clearly superficial (though still appropriately sweet) sort of interaction, which I won’t spoil. But the point is – it’s all in keeping with a film studio that discards actors as they outgrow their usefulness, a space that leaves you feeling tiny and alone, and relationships that stray. It’s all thematically linked, and it’s just as powerful – but it’s the opposite theme.
I’m sure part of my interpretation is colored by my greater familiarity with Sleep No More (as I got more familiar with TDM, I started to get the feeling that their Man and Woman In Bar actually probably were just as charismatic – though due to the nature of their roles in “Hollywood”, still seeming a bit more superficial by thematic necessary) – but it’s really clear that the themes of the two shows are diametric opposites.
And I suppose that’s why I don’t really see a logical reason to determine which show is ‘better’: you really couldn’t find two more opposing ideas to play around with.
There was a point during my final TDM show where I saw something so thoroughly unexpected that I essentially gave in: I’ll be coming back to Temple Studios. I have no choice.
But I can still go back to Manderley again…
Very cool analysis - it’s so interesting (and so Punchdrunk) how the space sets the whole tone.
I feel like TDM is also about disillusionment - the dark side of dreams, discovering that your dream has actually become a nightmare…
Lots of interesting opportunities with Punchdrunk at the moment…
Punchdrunk Enrichment are offering five IdeasTap members the chance to work alongside key departments in their current production, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, which is based at Temple Studios, a disused Royal Mail sorting office in Paddington. Each of the five winners will also receive a £600 bursary. The placement will start on the 9th December for two weeks.
Each placement will be full-time for two weeks and will give you the chance to gain valuable experience in the following departments…
- Technical (lighting and sound)
- Stage management
This brief closes on Monday 18 November 2013 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over.
Interns are hired to assist the stage management department on a part-time basis. A four-six show per week minimum commitment is required among all interns for at least three months.
The hours of the internship are Sunday-Thursday from 4:30pm-11pm and Friday-Saturday from 4pm-3am.
Interns are required to learn a minimum of four production tracks, including preshow and postshow assignments. These tasks include helping with prop preset, changeover, and running show tracks, which place them in specific scenes to supervise and ensure safety of both the performers and audience.
To apply for internship, please summit cover letter, resume with a minimum of two references, and dates of availability
Punchdrunk Enrichment are continuing their programme of Professional Development opportunities that run alongside The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable with a range of Performance and Design masterclasses, including an exclusive opportunity to work with the Artistic Director, Felix Barrett, and Associate Director, Maxine Doyle.
1 Day Masterclass with Felix Barrett
6 December 2013
£100 per participant - applications via CV only
1 Day Performance Masterclass with Maxine Doyle, Associate Director
23 November 2013
£100 per participant. A limited number of subsidised places are available.
3 Day Performance Masterclass (Dance) with Maxine Coyle, Associate Director
2 – 4 December 2013
£260 per participant – applications via CV only
5 Day Performance Masterclass with Punchdrunk Associate Artists Conor Doyle and Fernanda Prata
25th - 29th November 2013
£400 per participant. A limited number of subsidised places are available.
1 Day Performance Masterclass with Punchdrunk Associate Artists Conor Doyle and Fernanda Prata
30th November 2013
£80 per participant. A limited number of subsidised places are available.
3 Day Design Masterclass
25th - 27th November 2013
£240 per participant. A limited number of subsidised places are available.
The Punchdrunk Enrichment programme at Temple Studios also includes opportunities for teachers and students. We offer a range of workshops and talks for secondary schools, colleges and universities taking place on the set of the current production, giving students the exclusive opportunity to learn about Punchdrunk creative methods and techniques whilst also working in a unique space. We are also offering unique opportunities for teachers to gain a practical insight into immersive teaching methods through our INSET opportunities. If you would like more information on the following opportunities please get in touch with us at TDMenrichment@punchdrunk.org.uk.
note to self: rules on maintaining eye contact within Temple Studios do not apply on London’s streets.
EC somewhere, lunchtime. I’m going to buy my mum a present for her birthday. Approaching me is a 30something guy, all sharp suit and pointy shoes, with a swaggering bluster that makes me think of TDM’s Frankie. I’m being my usual daydreamy self, so when our eyes lock I’m not really conscious I’m doing it, until it’s been going on just a bit too long. We pass each other.
Inside a bookshop I’m trying to find something specific and stride through the aisles purposefully. It’s later than I thought and I need to get back to work. I get the weirdest feeling I’m being followed. Turning around I see the bloke from the street.
He’s holding out a business card. “Sorry to trouble you…I saw you, you saw me, on the street.” He’s Lancastrian, I can place the accent.
“Um…” I begin.
“Look, I don’t usually do this, but do you fancy going for a drink sometime?” he asks.
“Sorry,” I stammer (this never happens). “I’m married.”
He looks genuinely mortified. “Oh dear. Oh sorry.” But then he asks, “Are you really?”
I laugh and I hold up my left hand.
“Sorry, my mistake,” he says. “It’s just, on the street…” He shakes his head and puts his card back in his pocket. “A look like that…” He laughs now. “You have lovely eyes. Have a nice weekend.” And walks away.
That was a nice one. Embarrassing for both parties, but still, nice. The “whattheffffyoulookinat” on the bus? Not so much.
Must. Stop. Punchdrunk-staring.
This is hilarious and also it captures one of the reasons Punchdrunk shows are so magical… they teach you a different way of existing in the world. It’s not always easy to go back and forth between the dream world and reality…