12AM: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN
Forced Entertainment (Sheffield)
Admission possible at any time | Shuttleservice to the performance OREST IN MOSSUL at Kammer 1, leaves at 7:30 pm
12AM: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN was created in 1996 and was Forced Entertainment’s first durational performance; it was conceived as a play lasting twelve hours. It explores the relationship between personalities and the labels that are attached to these. A group of performers presents itself to the audience over a period of hours in costumes made up of second-hand clothing and cardboard signs, giving rise to a kaleidoscopic array of roles. 12AM makes the performers’ physical exertion visible, as, with increasing creativity, they become characters we all know and have seen countless times: in films, on trashy TV programmes, in the supermarket, on the street, and of course also when we look in the mirror. Due to the length of the performance – at SPIELART it will be six hours –, an underlying sense of decay and transience pervades the events, lending the play its particular energy.
Forced Entertainment have been associated with SPIELART since 1997 and over the past few years have presented nine theatrical works at the festival. At the festival this year they will be presenting three of their durational plays, which can already be called classics of experimental theatre. SPEAK BITTERNESS will be presented on Oct 31st, and AND ON THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT on Nov 8th.
Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment Performers Cathy Naden | Claire Marshall | Jerry Killick | Richard Lowdon | Theresa O’Connor Direction Tim Etchells Design Richard Lowdon Lighting Design Nigel Edwards and Richard Lowdon Soundtrack John Avery
Forced Entertainment is a Sheffield-based theatre company founded in 1984. Touring and presenting their provocative performances across the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world, the group have sustained a unique collaborative practice for more than thirty years, producing work that 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.
Production and realization
Produktion Forced Entertainment Commisioned by des National Review of Live Art (Glasgow).
Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.