Theatre Q&A: Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment

Published in The Observer on September 25, 2016

Tim Etchells is the leader of Forced Entertainment, a Sheffield-based theatre company he founded in 1984 with five fellow Exeter University drama graduates. Its productions include the 24-hour gameshow Quizoola!, the six-hour improvised And on the Thousandth Night and Table Top Shakespeare, which retells the playwright’s complete works using household items. Continue reading “Theatre Q&A: Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment”

Review: Table Top Shakespeare, Barbican

Published in What's on Stage on March 7, 2016

Julius Caesar is a bottle of oil; Mark Antony, coarse sea salt in a blue tub. Forced Entertainment deliver the complete works of Shakespeare– using household objects. One person tells an abridged, colloquial version of each play, sat at a large trestle table; helping to animate, or visually anchor it, are a cast of condiments, utensils, cleaning products… I see Julius Caesar and The Merry Wives of Windsor: wars are conducted with plastic cups; the merry wives are a pair of squeezy honeypots. Continue reading “Review: Table Top Shakespeare, Barbican”