Forced Entertainment’s latest performance explores ideas and clichés of hope. Writing and collecting future scenarios as well as small narratives concerning optimism and despair, the company investigate the speculative nature of anticipation and the myriad possibilities the future holds in store. ›Tomorrow’s Parties‹ draws on ideas of utopian and dystopian projections, the optimistic stories we tell ourselves and on the pleasures of invention that arise as the work twists and turns in performance. From these conjectures, day dreams and gripping but well-worn narratives the piece will move out in different directions to other kinds of speculations – the realistic, the personal and the evidently fantastical. ›Tomorrow’s Parties‹ is Forced Entertainment in intimate and comical mode - a playful, poignant and at times delirious look forwards to futures both possible and impossible.
‘a brilliant and compelling theatre performance’
Premiere: 24.06.2011, Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, Fribourg
Conceived and devised by the company Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Performers: Claire Marshall and Richard Lowdon
Direction: Tim Etchells
Design: Richard Lowdon
Light design: Francis Stevenson
Production: Ray Rennie and Francis Stevenson
Co-producers: Tomorrow's Parties is a production of Belluard Bollwerk International, made possible thanks to a contribution of the Canton of Fribourg to culture. In co-production with BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Internationales Sommerfestival (Hamburg), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zurich) and Sheffield City Council.
With the support of Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Forced Entertainment is regularly funded by Arts Council England