AND ON THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT
Forced Entertainment (Sheffield)
Admission possible at any time
Forced Entertainment have made it their objective to produce plays that can be understood by anyone who owns a television. Their legendary 24-hour performance WHO CAN SING A SONG TO UNFRIGHTEN ME, which was presented at SPIELART 1999 gave rise to AND ON THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT. This marathon narrative performance explores the relationship between a story, its listeners and its narrators. Dressed up as kings, with paper crowns and red gowns, the performers excavate folk takes, parables, anecdotes, half-remembered film plots, ghost stories, fairy tales and dirty jokes for six hours. They compete to tell their stories, interrupt each other, exaggerate, heedlessly avail themselves of each other’s ideas, and integrate these into their own stories. The performers and listeners are deeply and collectively immersed in a cosmos which ultimately seems to contain all the narratives of the world.
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 12AM: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN on Nov 2nd.
Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment Performers Cathy Naden | Claire Marshall | Jerry Killick | Nicki Hobday | Richard Lowdon | Robin Arthur | Tim Etchells | Theresa O’Connor Director Tim Etchells Text Tim Etchells and the company Design & Lighting Design Richard Lowdon Forced Entertainment Creative Team Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor. Forced Entertainment Management Team Eileen Evans (Executive Director), Hester Chillingworth (Creative Producer: Participation and Engagement), Jim Harrison (Production Manager), Natalie Simpson (Office Manager), Julia White (Marketing and Communications Manager).
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
Production Forced Entertainment
Commissioned by Festival Ayloul Beirut