More events as part of Powers of Speech – political speech as performance

Sat 17.12.11 19:30 h
Barbara Matijevic / Giuseppe Chico
Performance in English
Sat 17.12.11 21:00 h
Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom
Performance in English


›Although we fell short‹ is a speech for the performance artist Kate McIntosh created by writer and theater-maker Tim Etchells out of bits and pieces of other speeches. Etchells fuses scraps of text from historical and contemporary political campaigns, party congresses, debates, resignation speeches and revolutionary tracts into unexpected dialogues and collisions. Meanings are distorted and words twisted until they take on a meaning, lose it and then get it back again. ›Although we fell short‹ is comical and unsettling, subjecting the familiar rhetoric strategies of political speeches to a test of their linguistic breaking-point.

Forced Entertainment (GB)

Forced Entertainment (GB) is an ensemble of six artists led by director and writer Tim Etchells. Formed in 1984, the group make original work for diverse art forms from their base in Sheffield, UK. Originally focused on making and touring theatre performances, Forced Entertainment’s work now spans theatre, durational performance / live art, gallery installation, video and digital media. The group’s work has been presented throughout the UK, in Europe, the USA, Canada and further afield. more...

Tim Etchells (GB)

Tim Etchells (GB) is best known for his work as artistic director and writer of the performance ensemble Forced Entertainment, one of the UK’s most respected and groundbreaking experimental theatre companies. He has also created diverse projects of his own in a variety of media including SMS, video and installation. more...


Per performance
Advance sales: 11 € / red. 6 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)
Box office: 13 € / red. 8 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)

Per evening (2 performances)
Advance sales:  17 € / red. 10 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)
Box office:  19 € / red. 12 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)

Complete series ticket (entrance to all 4 performances)
Advance sales:  26 € / red.19 € (incl. VRR-Ticket, limited ticket availability - Advanced sales only!)


Text and direction:  Tim Etchells
Performance:  Kate McIntosh
Light design: Francis Stevenson
Production:  Forced Entertainment
Commissioned by: Kaaitheater (Brussels) and Siemens Stiftung

The performance at PACT Zollverein is made possible by the support of the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


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