Forced Entertainment

The Notebook


English /  110 min

A Forced Entertainment performance based on award-winning novel The Notebook (1986), by Hungarian writer Ágota Kristóf. Directed by Tim Etchells, The Notebook tells the story of twin brothers evacuated to the Hungarian countryside during World War II, to stay at their impoverished grandmother’s farm. Understanding the world by a harsh private code, the unnamed narrators are slowly revealed as struggling moralists as Central Europe crumbles into vice, cruelty and opportunism. Kristof’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a compelling performance.

The Notebook: Inside Story
Video by Forced Entertainment (via youtube)

Part of "30 Years Forced Entertainment"



Konzept und Regie: Forced Entertainment / Performance: Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon / Regie: Tim Etchells / Design: Richard Lowdon / Licht: Jim Harrison


  • Past
    Thu 16.10.2014, 19:30 / HAU2
    Fri 17.10.2014, 19:30 / HAU2

Further Information

  • Visitor note

    Based on Le grand cahier by Ágota Kristóf original © Editions du Seuil, Paris, 1986. Translated by Alan Sheridan.


Production: Forced Entertainment. Co-produced by PACT Zollverein (Essen); LIFT and 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. A House on Fire co-commission with HAU (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), LIFT and Malta Festival Poznan with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Development work generously supported by Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA).


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