Daily Stream: Forced Entertainment

Lane Czaplinski & Melissa Starker

Apr 28, 2020

Image of a multi-participant Zoom meeting from the Forced Entertainment streamed play End Meeting for All

Vanguard British theater group Forced Entertainment visited the Wex in 2017 with two productions, Real Magic and Tomorrow's Partiesmoving, playful works taken from life experience and bathed in the fantastical. 

To continue their work while they can't gather together, the company has been developing a new improvisational piece, End Meeting for All. It arrives as three short, free-to-view episodes, starting today. Ensuing episodes will be livestreamed at 4 PM EDT May 5 and May 12.

"Conceived in the context of coronavirus quarantine, the work shows members of the group calling in from their separate home bases in Sheffield, London and Berlin," the group explained in an email. "The familiar Zoom grid of screens is soon beset by technical difficulties and awash with creative misunderstandings. Sometimes poignant and often ridiculous, troubled and strangely hallucinatory, End Meeting For All summons a world in which the lockdown appears to have been going on for a very very very long time."

Read more about the project from Forced Entertainment Artistic Director Tim Etchells.

Watch the first episode on YouTube.

End Meeting For All is a Forced Entertainment production commissioned by the Alliance of International Production Houses. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a.M.), PACT Zollverein (Essen). Supported within the framework of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Image courtesy of Forced Entertainment

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