Forced Entertainment

Forced Entertainment is a group of six artists who have worked together since 1984 to make compelling, inventive and provocative new theatre. The company has been described as "the best group of stage actors in England" (The Times, 2004). Combining discussion, improvisation and writing, its rehearsal process is a creative laboratory that discovers unexpected and inspiring answers to questions of life and art.

The group’s work is rooted in theatre but it also makes ground-breaking forays into durational performance, gallery installation and digital media. The full repertoire and new developments are detailed on its website at

  • Image: The Notebook. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning
  • Image: The Notebook. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning
  • Image credit: Hugo Glendinning
  • Image: Tomorrow's Parties Photographer: Hugo Glendinning
  • Image: The Coming Storm Photographer: Hugo Glendinning


The Notebook

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2 on stage, 3 on the road.
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Overland freight from Sheffield


Based on the award winning novel by Ágota Kristóf and set during WW2, The Notebook tells the story of a pair of twin brothers evacuated to their impoverished grandmother’s farm in order to shelter from the conflict. Kristóf’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a compelling performance.

Directed by Tim Etchells, The Notebook is an unraveling knot of naïve logic, weaving dark and subversive humour from wartime hardships. Forced Entertainment performers Richard Lowdon and Robin Arthur stand side by side to tell their story in an unsettling and uncanny double act that traps two people in a single voice and a shared perspective. Kristof’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a unique and compelling performance

Tomorrow's Parties

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2 on stage, 3 on the road.
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Excess baggage


Forced Entertainment in an intimate and comical mode – a playful, poignant and at times delirious look forwards to futures both possible and impossible.

Other small-scale productions now touring: The Notebook, Void Story, Sight is the Sense that Dying People Tend to Lose First.

The Last Adventures

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 13 on stage, 17 on the road
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: In Europe overland freight from Sheffield in 7.5 ton van; outside Europe set sourced locally and excess baggage.


Forced Entertainment collaborate with Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui to create a compelling performance spectacle on an epic scale. With a cast of thirteen international performers, recorded soundtrack mixing electronics from Atoui and live instrumentation from an invited guest musician Tim Etchells leads Forced Entertainment into challenging new territory. 


Wraparound work

Company members lead a programme of wraparound activity to accompany productions including post-show discussions, talks and workshops on request. Free resource packs for productions are available to download from the website, and more info can be accessed via the Forced Entertainment Collection at the British Library.

Forced Entertainment have begun to live stream durational performances free on their website - see for details of past and forthcoming livestreaming activity and more information about the company. 


Forced Entertainment have live streamed several of their durational performances free on their website and will be doing more live streaming soon - see for details. 

Press Comments & Testimonials

"…Near legendary…at the forefront of performance and innovation."

The Stage

"Shockingly brilliant."

The Guardian

"This is theatre turned inside out."

Sunday Times

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Artistic Director(s)

Tim Etchells

Contact details

Eileen Evans
Executive Director

Forced Entertainment
The Workstation
15 Paternoster Row
S1 2BX

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