Sanctum Studio | The Man Who Cannot Sleep (2018)
Sanctum Theatre is a Melbourne-based visual performance ensemble presenting folk theatre in everyday spaces since 2006.
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The Man Who Cannot Sleep

``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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For bookings and queries please contact Lachlan Plain on (+61) 432 103 538 or

Image by Gonzalo Varela.