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  • 21 October

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    The Coming Storm


    Forced Entertainment

    In this new work international innovators Forced Entertainment tangle and cross-cut multiple stories to make a compelling and unstable performance. From love and death to sex and laundry, from shipwrecks to falling snow, personal anecdotes rub shoulders with imaginary movies, and half-remembered novels bump into distorted fairytales.

    Using a method as inventive as it is absurd, six performers created, collaborated, ambushed and disrupted this epic saga that was resolutely too big for the stage. The result was comical, contradictory and poignant; full of wrong-headed tricks, broken dances, sleazy drum interruptions and perfunctory piano accompaniment. Everything built and everything shimmered. Everything teetered and everything trembled. Everything was reshaped and everything was cannibalised.

    In this latest project, the company expanded their recent forays into narrative explored in the graphic novel picaresque Void Story, as well as in the roots of Artistic Director Tim Etchells’ fiction writing, especially the collection Endland Stories. This new performance involved a cast of six performers (the regular core team Robin Arthur, Cathy Naden, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall and Terry O’Connor plus Phil Hayes who worked with the company on The Thrill of It All). Director and writer Tim Etchells was joined again by lighting designer Nigel Edwards and collaborated again with sound designer and composer John Avery, the new project also featured live music for the first time in the group’s work.

    I could watch these performers for hours...

    The Guardian

    The Coming Storm was co-produced by PACT Zollverein, Essen; Festival Avignon; Theaterhaus Gessneralle, Zurich; Tanzquartier, Vienna; Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou, Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris; LIFT, London; Battersea Arts Centre, London; Sheffield City Council.

    Photos by Hugo Glendinning