Forced Entertainment will present their first work as an associate company at the Southbank Centre next month, a new version of Artistic Director Tim Etchells’ That Night Follows Day.
Exciting, challenging, entertaining and questioning their audiences, Forced Entertainment have been working at the forefront of new developments in theatre and performance for 34 years, acting as a key player in the development of a truly contemporary theatre language. Forced Entertainment’s work explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself drawing influence not just from drama but from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up.
Returning to Southbank Centre after more than a decade, That Night Follows Day features 16 kids aged 8-14 on stage, reciting and exposing exposes the facts, white lies and excuses adults tell children with alarming clarity and humour. Performed by children, for adults, the cast reveal the ways we are all constrained and created by the words we hear. Two of the kids also use sign language throughout the show. This will be the first time that a full production of the show has been done, and the first time ever in the UK. Performed by children, for adults, the show forces us to take a playful look at the way we project our world onto those around us.
You feed us.
You dress us.
You watch us when we are sleeping.
You lay down the law.
You explain that night follows day.
Forced Entertainment artistic director and writer Tim Etchells is also a solo artist in his own right, who has seen his work exhibited internationally. The original version of That Night Follows Day was produced in Dutch with Flemish company CAMPO.
11-15 December 2018
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
11 December – 15 December 2018