The 10 Selected Productions

Real Magic

By Forced Entertainment
Co-production PACT Zollverein, Essen / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin / Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt / Tanzquartier Wien / ACCA Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex / Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards, Seattle / PS122 NYC / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

World premiere PACT Zollverein Essen: 4 May 2016
Real Magic

Real Magic. Richard Lowdon, Jerry Killick, Claire Marshall

© Hugo Glendinning

  • 1h 25, no interval
  • In English

Past Dates

Opening night party on 9 May, following the performance
Public discussion on 10 May, following the performance

A small, radical show: It could make you die laughing or drive you crazy. Three above-average types are playing at quiz-shows. The performing area consists of a piece of artificial lawn and some lamps grouped around it in a half-circle. The three seasoned Forced Entertainers Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall take on the roles of both quiz master and contestants. The task is to guess terms. Following Samuel Beckett’s well-known adage of “Fail again. Fail better”, the same scene is repeated in a different way, over and over again, all possible modes tried, all conceivable gestures exhausted. All this accompanied by a horrific laugh track and some upbeat show music. The result is a highly energetic performance that deals with compulsive repetition and the futility of liberating oneself from established patterns. This absurd show is just as well-versed in the realities of life as it is in the magic of the theatre. |

Conceived and directed by Forced Entertainment
Artistic director Tim Etchells
Lighting design Jim Harrison
Design Richard Lowdon
Production management Jim Harrison

Claire Marshall
Richard Lowdon
Jerry Killick