Forced Entertainment: Real Magic (UK Premiere)
Forced Entertainment’s new performance Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – in which they are endlessly replaying the moment of defeat and the moment of hope. Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change.
Forced Entertainment are a group of 6 artists who have been making performance since 1984 – questioning, pushing and breaking theatre to see what can be built from the wreckage. Based in Sheffield, UK, their work has been seen all over the world.
Conceived and devised by the company: Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Artistic Director: Tim Etchells
Performers: Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall
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
Forced Entertainment Creative Team:
Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.
Forced Entertainment Management Team:
Eileen Evans (Executive Director), Jim Harrison (Production Manager), Natalie Simpson (Office Manager), Callum Berridge (Marketing Intern)
Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Real Magic is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by: PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh.
The Real Magic performances are part of a three-day intensive Forced Entertainment residency at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts that also includes a video screening (Uncertain Fragments), a public conversation about the company's work, between Tim Etchells and Dr. Sara Jane Bailes, and culminates in a rare chance to see the group’s legendary durational work of improvised storytelling And on the Thousandth Night… which runs 4 to 10pm on Saturday 12 November, with the audience free to arrive depart and return at any point.
Dates & Times
Thursday 10 November, 20167:30 – 9:00
Friday 11 November, 20167:30 – 9:00
University of Sussex Students£8
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