Forced Entertainment
Under Bright Light

  • Performance

Six performers are caught in a set of fragmentary actions, interactions, texts and dances, apparently disconnected but nonetheless accumulating, linking and amplifying each other in different ways. Conjuring images of accident, tension and instability the work as a whole summons a volatile and unforgiving world in which equilibrium is hard to find. The bright light of the title is a stark frame for dispassionate scrutiny, and, at the same time, a warmer invitation which invokes the theatrical gaze. The figures onstage – inventive, resourceful and endlessly under pressure – compete to find solutions to unexpected problems, balancing and manipulating objects, adopting disguises and proclaiming improvised manifestos all the while struggling in a stage world that they cannot fully control. Under Bright Light promises to be a comical and unsettling successor to the group’s acclaimed recent works Real Magic and Out of Order, which have together consolidated the ensemble’s reputation for producing compelling, intimate and highly political work from unexpected materials whilst maintaining a commitment to exploring new performance and theatrical forms that both challenge and connect deeply with audiences.

Conceived and devised by the company.

Director Tim Etchells
Devised and performed by: Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Design Richard Lowdon
Production Management Jim Harrison

Eine Produktion von Forced Entertainment production. Koproduziert von Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, PACT Zollverein Essen und HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin. Gastspiel gefördert durch das Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst im Rahmen der intergenerationalen Vermittlungsinitiative ALL IN – FÜR PUBLIKUM JEDEN ALTERS und im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.