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Real Magic

Forced Entertainment / Tim Etchells
22 - 27 August 2017
The Studio

‘We’ve never met before, have we?’

To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – as they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation.

Taking popular culture as its starting point, Real Magic presents an unstable trap that speaks to the complex political place we find ourselves in, creating something that is poetic, challenging, funny and provocative.

Caught in a world of second chances and second guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes you on a hallucinatory journey, in a compelling performance about struggle, optimism and the desire for change.

Forced Entertainment, the legendary Sheffield-based group, is led by artist and writer Tim Etchells. It explores and explodes conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself. Infamous for exciting, entertaining, challenging and questioning audiences, the group plays a key role in the development of contemporary theatre, and continues to exact a huge influence on generations of theatre-makers in the UK and worldwide.

[Forced Entertainment] has been at the far front end of performance and innovation

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  • Running time: 
    1hr 25 mins approx (no interval)


The Studio

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Performers Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Jerry Killick

Co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium - On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh.

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Forced Entertainment | The Stage

September 1st 2014

[Forced Entertainment] has been at the far front end of performance and innovation

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Simon Tait
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Photo: Maria Baranova

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


All tickets: £25

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