Forced Entertainment [UK]
05.10 – 06.10.2017
An impossible illusion
Forced Entertainment’s new production creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comic repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, the performers take part in an impossible illusion. While moments of defeat, hope and expectation are repeated endlessly, something unfolds that is part chaotic TV programme, part cabaret act, and part telepathic feat. Trapped in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variation and change, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes you on a hallucinogenic trip. The result is a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change: pure magic!
• The British company Forced Entertainment has been a regular fixture in the Kaaitheater programme for twenty years. Last season, the group made a big impression with Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare. Using household objects, they performed Shakespeare’s complete works in a mere six days.
'Devilish gameshow is a Forced Entertainment tour de force' - The Guardian
"Horribly funny, madly Beckettian" - Le Monde
‘Haunting, enticing, surprising as ever, Forced Entertainment proves to be a curious joy and a magical gift!’ — Total Theatre
‘Beckett meets trash TV’ – Nachtkritik
director Tim Etchells | devised with and performed by Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall | created with input from Robin Arthur, Cathy Naden | lighting design Jim Harrison | design Richard Lowdon | production management Jim Harrison | sound technicians Greg Akenhurst, Doug Currie | project assistant Anna Krauss | music electronics & sound editing John Avery | loops Tim Etchells | Grave from Telemann Fantasia Number 1 in B-Flat Major Aisha Orazbayeva | production Forced Entertainment | co-production PACT Zollverein, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Tanzquartier Wien Viena, ACCA Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center, Warhol Museum | support Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès