The production started life as an experimental film by Adam Curtis, commissioned by the BBC. Curtis approached Felix Barrett of the Punchdrunk theatre company, with the proposal that a production could be created "as though the audience were walking through the story of the film". The result was a remarkable requiem for post-war Western affluence and idealism occupying five floors of an old office block. When a nation is powerful it tells the world confident stories about the future. The stories can be enchanting or frightening. But they make sense of the world. But when that power begins to ebb there are no stories any more. Only fragments. You are on your own and you have no idea what is coming towards you from the darkness ahead.