And on the Thousandth Night (UK)
Stories that's never been told – from the winners of this year's Ibsen Awards.
SEPTEMBER 24th 18:00
The performance will be performed in English.
Please note that the performance lasts for six hours, and that you can depart and re-enter throughout the performance. The bar is open, and it will also be possible to buy something to eat along the way. We look forward to an exciting evening with this year's winner of the International Ibsen Award at the Main Stage!
Seven Kings and Queens tell all the stories in the world – in one performance.
And on the Thousandth Night takes its title and part of its inspiration from One Thousand and One Nights, and explores the live relationship between a story and its public, a story and its tellers.
A story is told, made up live, dragged from memory by a line of seven performers dressed as Kings and Queens, wearing cheap red cloaks and cardboard crowns. It is a long, mutating and endlessly self-cancelling story. It is a story which somehow, in its many dips and turns, seems to include many — if not all — of the stories in the world. Moving from the extraordinary to the banal, it mixes everything from film plots, religious stories, children’s stories, traditional tales, jokes and modern myths, to scary stories, love stories and sex stories.
The Kings and Queens compete, interrupting, exaggerating, taking over each other’s narratives and incorporating stolen bits into their own tales. Their storytelling moves between tiredness and hysteria, between absurd vulgarity and surprising tenderness. At times, some of the Kings and Queens take a break to sleep on the floor at the back of the space whilst their colleagues continue. At ten at night, perhaps, there are only two Kings left speaking, pushing on the tale, as one by one, the others come forward to rejoin the line.
Get a sneakpeak of the performance here:
Since forming the company in 1984, the six core members of the group Forced Entertainment have sustained a unique artistic partnership for more than 30 years, confirming their position as trailblazers in contemporary theatre. The company’s substantial canon of work reflects an interest in the mechanics of performance, the role of the audience and the machinations of contemporary urban life. The work is distinctive and provocative, delighting in disrupting the conventions of theatre and the expectations of audiences. Forced Entertainment’s trademark collaborative process – devising work as a group through improvisation, experimentation and debate – has made them pioneers of British avant-garde theatre and earned them an international reputation.
Direction: Tim Etchells. Conceived, Devised and Improvised by the company. Design and Lighting Design: Richard
Lowdon. Performers: Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor. Commissioned by Festival Ayloul Beirut.