The Coming Storm (UK)

Forced Entertainment at its best!

By Forced Entertainment. (Photo: Hugo Glendinning)

By Forced Entertainment. (Photo: Hugo Glendinning)


SEPTEMBER 20th and 21th
Nationaltheatret, Hovedscenen

The performance is performed in English.
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes (without intermission).

The winners of The International Ibsen Award 2016!

In this performance, Forced Entertainment tangle and cross-cut multiple stories to make a compelling and unstable performance. From love and death to sex and laundry, from shipwrecks to falling snow, personal anecdotes rub shoulders with imaginary movies, and half-remembered novels bump into distorted fairytales.

Using a method as inventive as it is absurd, six performers create, collaborate, ambush and disrupt this epic saga that is resolutely too big for the stage. The result is comical, contradictory and poignant; full of wrong-headed tricks, broken dances, sleazy drum interruptions and perfunctory piano accompaniment. Everything builds and everything shimmers. Everything teeters and everything trembles. Everything is reshaped and everything is cannibalized.

The Coming Storm is Forced Entertainment at its best – trademark black humour, a collage of arresting images and an anarchic performance style.

Well worth seeing, this is a clever, entertaining show
— The Guardian

Get a sneakpeak of the performance here:


Watch this video about The Coming Storm:


Festival performances:
20. SEPTEMBER 19:30
21. SEPTEMBER 19:30

Forced Entertainment

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.

Director: Tim Etchells. Design: Richard Lowdon. Lighting Design: Nigel Edwards
Music: Phil Hayes / Forced Entertainment. Music Consultant: John Avery. Director’s Assistant: Hester Chillingworth.

Performers: Robin Arthur, Phil Hayes, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor

Co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen, Festival d’Avignon Avignon, Theaterhaus Gessneralle Zurich, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris Paris, LIFT London, Battersea Arts Centre London and Sheffield City Council.

More than 40 Norwegian and international performances!

Discover more: