On a bare stage under bright light a troupe of hapless clowns do their unlevel best to get along and pass the time. An old music track plays on loop – the wrong kind, but no one seems to mind. Rehearsing old gags, getting tangled in new ones, forgetting that anything happened and then remembering and forgetting again. They fight and chase in eruptions of uneasy mayhem, then cool off a little, settle and wait for the whole thing to kick off again.
Carefully unbalanced between funny and not funny Forced Entertainment’s “Out Of Order” is the ruins of a show in the ruins of a world. Violence and posturing, high jinx and clown on clown comical capers give way to bickering, exhaustion, hunger, melancholy and silence. The clock ticks. The music swells to repeated climax. And everything comes to nothing.

In 2016 Forced Entertainment became the first company to follow in the footsteps of predecessors such as Peter Brook, Heiner Goebbels and Ariane Mnouchkine in receiving the International Ibsen Award, one of the world’s most prestigious and valuable theatre prizes. Their most recent work, the Mousonturm co-production ‘Real Magic’, was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2017.

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Conceived and devised by the company * Director: Tim Etchells* Devised and performed by: Robin Arthur, Nicki Hobday, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor * Created with input from: Claire Marshall * Lighting Design: Nigel Edwards * Design: Richard Lowdon * Production Management: Jim Harrison * Forced Entertainment Creative Team: Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor * Forced Entertainment Management Team: Eileen Evans (Executive Director), Hester Chillingworth (Creative Producer: Participation & Engagement), Jim Harrison (Production Manager), Natalie Simpson (Office Manager), Julia White (Marketing and Communications Manager) * Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation * “Out Of Order” is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the International Production Houses Alliance funded by the Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media together with Schauspiel Frankfurt together with PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin and Gessnerallee Zürich. Presented as part of the intergenerational outreach initiative ALL IN – FOR AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES funded by the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts / Im Rahmen von „Claiming Common Spaces“, ein Projekt des Bündnisses Internationaler Produktionshäuser