Forced Entertainment (Sheffield)
Admission possible at any time
Confessions of guilt take place in the most varied social contexts: on talk shows, in churches, in court, and face to face. SPEAK BITTERNESS was first presented at SPIELART in 1997 – at a time when the political and media landscape in which such confessions took place was entirely different. The play is a never-ending series of different confessions. Many of them are minor, telling of everyday misdemeanours, such as not having taken the dog for a walk, or having secretly read other people’s diaries. Others, however, are accounts of gargantuan acts of deceitfulness and serious crimes, as severe as mass murder and genocide. As the performers confess these deeds in soft voices, they consciously surrender themselves to the gaze of the audience, leaving it up to them to judge guilt, innocence and everything that lies between.
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. 12AM: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN will be presented on Nov 2nd, and AND ON THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT on Nov 8th.
The audience may come and go at any time.
Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment Performers Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden & Theresa O'Connor Text Tim Etchells and the company Direction Tim Etchells Design Richard Lowdon Soundtrack John Avery Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
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
Speak Bitterness is a Forced Entertainment production Commissioned by National Review of Live Art (Glasgow). Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.