Forced Entertainment
How The Time Goes
Video performance in seven parts

Emerging from the delirious limbo of lockdown the fragmentary video performance features the core group of the company in improvised Zoom-interactions with the pianist Marino Formenti, from separate locations including Sheffield, Berlin, rural France, London, Vienna and Budapest. Available until August 31. In English. 

There are disputes about Quiz answers and talk about the weather and funerals. Someone cooks, another takes a bath. Someone else tries to explain the costumes in a Chekhov play. Times passes in loops. Piano music plays, the same tune again and then again.

Recorded between March and May 2021, ›How The Time Goes‹ extends the pandemic strangeness of the group’s ›End Meeting for All‹ (2020) to create a spiral patchwork of unedited fragments, neither diary nor fiction. Recorded in a single live take each episode lasts between 25 and 60 minutes, offering a mix of wry comedy and melancholic slow-time shenanigans as the group build on the porousness, connection and disconnection inherent in the new online situation to extend their long established modes of live performance and narrative deconstruction.

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Conceived, Performed Devised by Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Cathy Naden, Claire Marshall & Terry O’Connor Guest Performer & Musical Collaborator: Marino Formenti Direction: Tim Etchells Sound: John Avery
Digital Postproduction: Hugo Glendinning Digital Production Management: Jim Harrison Production: Forced Entertainment. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a.M.), PACT Zollverein (Essen). A project within the framework of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media