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Drowning Rock - Camden People’s Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CYCLOPEAN Productions is presenting the world premiere of Drowning Rock at Camden People’s Theatre – from October 16 to November 4, 2012.

Written, produced and directed by Matthew Wood, Drowning Rock is inspired by shipwreck stories, Cornish legends and H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Re-inventing fireside tales of dread for a modern audience, Drowning Rock summons a ghostly mix of special effects, vivid storytelling and original composition in time for a gothic horror Halloween.

Now silent in a nursing home, his mind all but gone, James Hawker’s journal tells the secrets of his time at the desolate Drowning Rock lighthouse, where the devil himself seems to control the waves. Why are the chains set deep into the rock? Why are the fish in neat rows? And what is the terrible shadow at the heart of Drowning Rock?

H.P. Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

Drowning Rock is performed by Andrew O’Donoghue, John Gregor, JP Lord and Samantha Spurgin.

The production is designed by David McCullough, with voice work by Mark Meer and Darren Ormandy, musical composition by Paul Leigh and special image effects by Joe Martin.

Drowning Rock is suitable for ages 15+.

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or online at

Time: 7.30pm (not Mondays).

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval).