Forced Entertainment has announced the UK premiere of ‘Out Of Order‘ at Southbank Centre (where they are an Associate Company) in October, before visiting HOME, Manchester and ACCA in Brighton.
‘Clowns in a fight, music, sweat and bright light. In ‘Out Of Order’ a troupe of hapless clowns rehearse old gags and get tangled in new ones, get trapped in a long-standing dispute, huddled at a table waiting for trouble to start. Like friends. Like politicians. Like a meeting that always collapses. A destruction that can’t be escaped. A conversation that can’t quite be had. Driven by a heavy musical score ‘Out Of Order’ teeters carelessly between funny and not funny at all, comical and absolutely tragic. It is the ruins of a show in the ruins of a world. Things go quiet, melancholy, all out of breath. Where we’re at. Where we are heading. Out Of Order says it all without speaking’.
‘Out Of Order’ takes as its starting point the idea of the mistake, breakdown or accident in established systems and creates a collage of scenes, images, texts, fragments and action to summon the error of the title.
Founder members of the Sheffield–based ensemble (Richard Lowdon, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor and Robin Arthur) share the stage with regular collaborator Jerry Killick and guest Nicki Hobday who, following recent performances with the group on existing projects, here joins the creation process for the first time.
‘Out Of Order’ features direction from Tim Etchells, with design by Richard Lowden and lighting by Nigel Edwards.
‘Out Of Order’ is a Forced Entertainment production, co-produced by Künsterlhaus Moustonturm & Schauspiel Frankfurt, PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Gessnerallee Zurich.
HOME, Manchester, 13th – 15th November – BUY TICKETS
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‘To Move In Time‘, a Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment production, in collaboration with performer Tyrone Huggins (Black Men Walking, Opening Skinner’s Box), will play at Summerhall in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.
‘Imagine you can travel through time. Backwards and Forwards. What would you do? An obsessive stream of consciousness, tangled and contradictory, moving from the everyday to the fantastical in a way that is comic, absurd and tinged with melancholy’.
‘To Move In Time‘ is a monologue written by Tim Etchells for performer and collaborator Tyrone Huggins, in which an unnamed protagonist speculates playfully about what he’d do if he were able to travel backwards and forwards in time.
From fantasies of changing the present, to obsessions with everyday events in the past, to dreaming up ways to get rich from knowledge of the future, the text is an unfolding compulsive thought process.
In the end though, far from the science fiction of time travel it is ostensibly working with, ‘To Move In Time‘ concerns itself with questions of value and priority – what matters, what needs to be cared for and what can be changed.
An obsessive stream of consciousness tangled and contradictory, the work combines Etchells’ text with Huggins’ powerful performance to walk a line between comic absurdity and melancholia.
‘To Move In Time’ is written and directed by Tim Etchells, with assistant direction by Hester Chillingworth, performance and collaboration by Tyrone Huggins and lighting and production management by Jim Harrison.
Co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre and supported by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, ‘To Move In Time’ will run at Tech Cube O, Summerhall, Edinburgh, from 19th – 24th August.
Forced Entertainment is a Sheffield-based theatre company founded in 1984. Touring and presenting their ground-breaking provocative performances across the UK, mainland Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and further afield, the group have sustained a unique collaborative practice for more than thirty years. Led by the artist and writer Tim Etchells, the Forced Entertainment company includes designer and performer Richard Lowdon alongside performers Robin Arthur, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor. Over the years this core ensemble has been augmented by contributions from many guest artists and performers. Forced Entertainment’s work explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself drawing influence not just from drama but from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up. The group operate at different scales, shifting from intimate two-performer works focused on text, to spectacular productions with large numbers of people onstage.
The receipt of the Ibsen Award (2016) has allowed the company to expand and develop their engagement with younger artists, artists to be and diverse audiences, partly resourcing their Creative Producer (Participation & Engagement) role and supporting the delivery of projects in a variety of engagement and training contexts in the UK.
Forced Entertainment Artistic Director Tim Etchells said: “We are thrilled to be taking our latest group work ‘Out Of Order’ on its first UK Tour this autumn. Brash, challenging and distinctively Forced Entertainment, it’s also the first piece we’ve ever made with no spoken language – a really exciting move in the development of what we do. Meanwhile we are also heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer with ‘To Move In Time’, our collaboration with the amazing performer Tyrone Huggins. An obsessive stream of consciousness, funny and poignant, this piece is a spiral of ideas about time travel and the values and priorities we have when we think about changing the world…”