Forced Entertainment

The Coming Storm


English / 105 min

In this new work international innovators Forced Entertainment tangle and cross-cut multiple stories to make a compelling and unstable performance. From love and death to sex and laundry, from shipwrecks to falling snow, personal anecdotes rub shoulders with imaginary movies, and half-remembered novels bump into distorted fairytales. Using a method as inventive as it is absurd, six performers create, collaborate, ambush and disrupt this epic saga that is resolutely too big for the stage. The result is comical, contradictory and poignant; full of wrong- headed tricks, broken dances, sleazy drum interruptions and perfunctory piano accompaniment. Everything builds and everything shimmers. Everything teeters and everything trembles. Everything is reshaped and everything is cannibalised. "The Coming Storm" is Forced Entertainment at its best – trademark black humour, a collage of arresting images and an anarchic performance style.

Wed 06.03, following the performance

Artist Talk with Tim Etchells

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Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Festival d'Avignon, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zurich), Tanzquartier (Vienna), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris, LIFT (London), Battersea Arts Centre (London), Sheffield City Council.


Performers:: Robin Arthur, Phil Hayes, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor / Direction:: Tim Etchells / Design:: Richard Lowdon / Lighting Design:: Nigel Edwards / Music:: Forced Entertainment / Music:: Phil Hayes / Music Consultant:: John Avery / Director's Assistant:: Hester Chillingworth / Production Management:: Ray Rennie and Jim Harrison


  • Past
    Tue 5.3.2013, 20:00 / HAU2
    Wed 6.3.2013, 20:00 / HAU2
    Thu 7.3.2013, 20:00 / HAU2


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