Forced Entertainment: And on the Thousandth Night
And on the Thousandth Night explores the live relationship between a story and its public, a story and its
tellers, taking its title and part of its inspiration from “One Thousand and One Nights”.
A story is told, made up live, dragged from memory by a line of performers dressed as Kings and Queens, wearing cheap red cloaks and cardboard crowns. It is a long, mutating and endlessly self-cancelling story. It is a story that somehow, in its many dips and turns, seems to include many — if not all — of the stories in the world.
Moving from the extraordinary to the banal, it mixes everything from film plots, religious stories, children’s stories, traditional tales, jokes and modern myths, to scary stories, love stories and sex stories. The Kings and Queens compete, interrupting, exaggerating, taking over each other’s narratives and incorporating stolen bits into their own tales. Their storytelling moves between tiredness and hysteria, between absurd vulgarity and surprising tenderness.
Conceived and devised by the company
Performers: Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor
Direction: Tim Etchells
Text: Tim Etchells and the company
Design and Lighting Design: Richard Lowdon
And on the Thousandth Night… is a Forced Entertainment production
Commissioned by Festival Ayloul Beirut
The performance of And on the Thousandth Night is part of a three-day intensive Forced Entertainment residency at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts that begins on Thursday 10 November with the premiere of the company’s new show, Real Magic, which will also be performed again on Friday 11 November. The three days will also include a video screening (Uncertain Fragments) and a public conversation between Tim Etchells and Dr Sara Jane Bailes of the University of Sussex.
Dates & Times
Saturday 12 November, 20164:00 – 10:00
University of Sussex Students£6.40
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