Forced Entertainment

Forced Entertainment (GBR) – REAL MAGIC


Fri July 6th at 20.30   BUY TICKET

Sat July 7th at 19.30  BUY TICKET



"Real Magic" creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part nightmare game show – in which they are thrown back again and again to moments of hope and defeat. Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, "Real Magic" takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling virtuoso performance about big systems, small traps and yearning for change.


Since forming Forced Entertainment in 1984, the six core members of the group have sustained a unique artistic partnership for more than 30 years, confirming their position as trailblazers in contemporary theatre. The company’s substantial canon of work reflects an interest in the mechanics of performance, the role of the audience and the machinations of contemporary urban life. The work is distinctive and provocative, delighting in disrupting the conventions of theatre and the expectations of audiences. Forced Entertainment’s trademark collaborative process – devising work as a group through improvisation, experimentation and debate – has made them pioneers of British avant-garde theatre and earned them an unparalleled international reputation.
2016 the company was awarded with the prestigious International Ibsen Award.



Conceived and devised by the company.

Director: Tim Etchells

Devised with and performed by: Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall

Created with input from: Robin Arthur, Cathy Naden

Lighting Design: Jim Harrison

Design: Richard Lowdon

Production Management: Jim Harrison

Sound Technicians: Greg Akenhurst, Doug Currie

Project Assistant: Anna Krauss

Music Electronics & Sound Editing: John Avery 

Loops: Tim Etchells 

"Grave", from Telemann Fantasia Number 1 in B-Flat Major, Aisha Orazbayeva

"Real Magic" is a Forced Entertainment production. 

Co-produced by: PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh.

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 & Engagement), Jim Harrison (Production Manager), Natalie Simpson (Office Manager), Julia White (Marketing and Communications Manager).

Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.


Duration: 80 min. 

Language: in English.

Photos: Hugo Glendinning