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Forced Entertainment collection

The British Library holds a large collection of video and audio material documenting the performances and talks of Forced Entertainment.

Forced Entertainment: Spectacular (2008) [18KB]

Spectacular (2008) (photo: Hugo Glendinning)


Led by Artistic Director Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment have since 1984 continually striven to find new performance and theatre forms with which to describe contemporary urban life. Their trademark collaborative process – making work through long months of improvisation and discussion – draws not only on theatre but on cinema, music, culture, literature and fine art. They continue to tour widely and to great acclaim throughout the world.

The collection comprises: 

  • over 300 video recordings of performances, workshops and rehearsals, from the conception of the company to the year 2000
  • commercially circulated DVDs to date
  • ancillary audio recordings of public talks and discussions, including the two-day symposium held in 2004 to celebrate the 20th birthday of the company and the 'Indoor Fireworks' series of dialogues featuring Tim Etchells in conversation with choreographer Jonathan Burrows and others.

Arrangements are currently underway to archive live video documentation from the year 2000 to date.

External links

Forced Entertainment