Get to know the experimental theatre group Forced Entertainment

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 16:11

Earlier this year we were delighted to reveal that Forced Entertainment had become a Southbank Centre associate company. But who are this experimental theatre group, and what exactly do they do?

Well, one of the first things they’ll be doing as an associate company is returning to Southbank Centre for the first time in over a decade. In December the company bring their show That Night Follows Day to our recently refurbished Purcell Room. With a cast aged between eight and 14, but aimed at an older audience, the piece examines the impact of what we tell children.

That Night Follows Day by Forced Entertainment & Tim Etchells. Credit T. Husbands.
That Night Follows Day comes to Southbank Centre in December.

By turns funny, sad and revealing, the work offers up the full range of advice, facts, white lies and excuses children hear from adults.

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Like much of Forced Entertainment’s work, That Night Follows Day was created through a carefully thought-out combination of writing, in this instance by Artistic Director Tim Etchells, and devising the work with young people in a series of workshops.

Formed more than 30 years ago the Sheffield-based company comprises Artistic Director Tim Etchells, along with Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.

Throughout the decades, the company has maintained its commitment to push the boundaries of what theatre is, what it can do and what it can reveal about the times in which we live. And when we say ‘push boundaries’, we’re not exaggerating! The members of Forced Entertainment have done everything on stage from speaking jibberish to staying silent, playing the clown to playing dead, and even getting drunk. They have also been the true pioneers of durational performance, delivering pieces that have run for six, 12 and even 24 hours.

Tim Etchells on Durational Performance

Through our partnership with Forced Entertainment we hope to bring greater profile to their work in London, as well as providing an important context for exciting new projects.

Speaking of the partnership Tim Etchells said ‘As a Sheffield-based company having a London home has always been important to us, and our exciting new partnership with Southbank Centre will help us show the performances we are making to new audiences in the capital, alongside working in other London contexts, as circumstances and opportunities arise. We’ll also continue our diverse collaborations and presentation partnerships with organisations around the UK – as well as pursuing, in these depressing Brexit times, to develop new projects with our fantastic network of partners and presenters across Europe and further afield.’

Forced Entertainment are joined by Shobana Jeyasingh Company as a new Associate Company of Southbank Centre, sitting alongside ZooNation.

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