Forced Entertainment

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. The themes the company return to are life in cities, identity and sexual politics, the relationship of lived experience to the images of media culture, the nature of language, the attractiveness of chaos and the desire for order, and the need to confess. Forced Entertainment have been closely associated for many years with PACT Zollverein where they have presented a wide selection of their productions including ›Exquisite Pain‹, ›Bloody Mess‹, ›And on the Thousandth Night‹, ›Quizoola!‹ (all in 2007), the world premiere of ›Spectacular‹ (2008), ›Speak Bitterness‹ (2009), the German premiere of ›The Thrill of It All‹ (2010) ›Tomorrow’s Parties‹ (2011) and the world premiere of ›The Coming Storm‹ (2012). In 2013 Forced Entertainment premiered their large-scale piece ›The Last Adventures‹ at the Maschinenhalle Zweckel in Gladbeck during the Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts. In 2014 they kicked off their 30th anniversary year in Germany at PACT with a rare performance of ›12am: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN‹ which was live streamed to more than 8000 viewers around the globe. In May of the same year they returned with the world premiere of ›The Notebook‹ based on Agota Kristof's novel of the same name.

In March 2016 Forced Entertainment were announced as the recipient of the International Ibsen Award. This prestigious prize honours extraordinary contributions to art and culture and is awarded to an individual or organisation that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of theatre. As the first ever group to win the prize, Forced Entertainment join a distinguished list of previous winners including Peter Handke, Heiner Goebbels, Ariane Mnouchkine, Jon Fosse and Peter Brook. Later in 2016 they premiered ›Real Magic‹ at PACT which was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen.

Touring

2020
09.05.2020, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (D) (entfallen)
08.05.2020, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (D) (entfallen)
07.05.2020, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (D) (entfallen)
30.04.2020, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin (D) (entfallen)
25.04.2020, PACT Zollverein, Essen (D) (entfallen)
24.04.2020, PACT Zollverein, Essen (D) (entfallen)
23.04.2020, PACT Zollverein, Essen (D) (entfallen)

To date at PACT
  • Wed 23.06.21 20 h
  • Thu 24.06.21Tue 31.08.21

Forced Entertainment
How The Time Goes

World premiere
  • Sun 15.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - The Tempest

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 15.11.20Mon 30.11.20
  • Tue 01.12.20Thu 31.12.20

Forced Entertainment
Catch Up: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

World premiere
  • Sat 14.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Timon of Athens

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 13.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - The Comedy of Errors

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 12.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Taming of the Shrew

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 08.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Othello

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 07.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - As You Like It

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 06.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Troilus and Cressida

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 05.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Two Gentlemen of Verona

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 05.11.20Sun 08.11.20 21 h
  • Thu 12.11.20Sun 15.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

World premiere
  • Sun 01.11.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Antony and Cleopatra

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 31.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Julius Caesar

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 30.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Cymbeline

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 29.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Twelfth Night

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 25.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - King Lear

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 24.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 23.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Coriolanus

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 22.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Measure for Measure

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 18.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Richard III

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 17.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Henry VI Part 3

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 16.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Henry VI Part 2

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 15.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Henry VI Part 1

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 11.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Henry V

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 10.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Henry IV Part 2

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 09.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Henry IV Part 1

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 08.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Richard II

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 04.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - All’s Well That Ends Well

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 03.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - The Winter’s Tale

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 02.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Love's Labours Lost

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 01.10.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Hamlet 

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 27.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Much Ado About Nothing

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 26.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Titus Andronicus

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 25.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - King John

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 24.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Romeo and Juliet 

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sun 20.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Free admission
World premiere
  • Sat 19.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - The Merchant of Venice

Free admission
World premiere
  • Fri 18.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Pericles

Free admission
World premiere
  • Thu 17.09.20Sun 20.09.20 21 h
  • Thu 24.09.20Sun 27.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

World premiere
  • Thu 17.09.20 21 h

Forced Entertainment
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home - Macbeth

Free admission
World premiere
  • Tue 19.05.20 21 h – 22 h

Forced Entertainment
End Meeting For All: The Week-After Talk

  • Tue 28.04.20 21 h
  • Tue 05.05.20 21 h
  • Tue 12.05.20 21 h
World premiere
  • Thu 23.04.20 20 h
  • Fri 24.04.20 20 h
  • Sat 25.04.20 20 h

Forced Entertainment
Under Bright Light (cancelled)

World premiere
  • Sat 09.06.18 16 h

Frances Chiaverini / Forced Entertainment
PACTPackage #3

  • Fri 08.06.18 20 h
  • Sat 09.06.18 20 h
  • Fri 28.04.17 20 h
  • Sat 29.04.17 20 h
Performance Performance in English

Forced Entertainment
Dirty Work (The Late Shift)

  • Wed 04.05.16 20 h
  • Thu 05.05.16 20 h
  • Fri 06.05.16 20 h
  • Fri 09.05.14 20 h
  • Sat 10.05.14 20 h
Performance Performance

Forced Entertainment
The Notebook

  • Sat 01.02.14Sun 02.02.14 18 h00 h
Performance Durational Performance in English

Forced Entertainment
12 am: Awake & looking down

  • Sat 01.02.14 16 h
Performance Lecture in English

Tim Etchells / Forced Entertainment
Counting to 30

  • Wed 23.05.12 20 h
  • Thu 24.05.12 20 h
  • Fri 25.05.12 20 h
  • Thu 15.12.11 19:30 h
Performance Performance in English

Forced Entertainment / Tim Etchells
Although we fell short

  • Fri 02.12.11 20 h
  • Sat 03.12.11 20 h
Performance Performance in English

Forced Entertainment
tomorrow's parties

  • Sat 18.06.11 20 h
Performance Performance in English

Forced Entertainment
Spectacular

  • Wed 19.05.10 20 h
  • Thu 20.05.10 20 h
  • Fri 21.05.10 20 h
Performance Performance

Forced Entertainment
The Thrill of It All

  • Sat 27.03.10 20 h

Tim Etchells / Forced Entertainment / Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods
PRIVATE ROOM / STARFUCKER / DOWNTIME / I’M ALL YOURS / SOFT WEAR

  • Sat 28.02.09 18 h
Performance Performance in English

Forced Entertainment
JETLAG NO.1 – SPEAK BITTERNESS (NEW VERSION)

  • Thu 15.05.08 20 h
  • Fri 16.05.08 20 h
  • Sat 17.05.08 20 h
  • Sat 03.11.07 18 h
Performance Performance

Forced Entertainment
QUIZOOLA!

  • Sat 31.03.07 18 h
Performance Performance

Forced Entertainment
AND ON THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT

  • Thu 29.03.07 20 h
  • Fri 30.03.07 20 h
Performance Performance

Forced Entertainment
BLOODY MESS

  • Tue 27.03.07 20 h
  • Wed 28.03.07 20 h
Performance Theatre

Forced Entertainment
EXQUISITE PAIN