Tim Etchells – Forced Entertainment (UK)

Episode 57 / 24 October 2020

The title of this podcast „Wie geht’s“ has a double meaning. It translates as „How are you?“. We want to know how people in the arts are doing during these extraordinary and challenging times. Yet, „Wie geht’s“ also means „how does it work?“ On this podcast, we hope to share fresh ideas, learnings, stories how we learn to rethink our practices and our role for societies as we try to come to grips with this crisis.

Our guest today is Tim Etchells, the Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment, a group of six artists collaborating to make original theatre and performances since 1984.


In conversation with Martin Zierold

Forced Entertainment is among the best-known and best-loved performing arts ensembles and has received numerous awards over the decades, amongst them the renowned International Ibsen Award in 2016. Tim also is a visual artist and author, whose work has been shown in institutions including Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, and Witte de With (Rotterdam), whilst his performances – either solo, with Forced Entertainment, or in collaboration with other artists, choreographers, and musicians – have been presented in venues including the Barbican Centre, Centre Pompidou Paris, Volksbühne Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna) and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, to name a few.

In our conversation today, we will focus on his work with Forced Entertainment, who are currently streaming their project „Tabletop Shakespeare At Home“, a brilliant retelling of all of Shakespeare’s 36 plays, each presented with household items in lieu of the different actors in the play. The project will continue until mid-November, with all performances available for streaming and a new play added every Thursday to Sunday. Go check them out if you haven’t so far.

Forced Entertainment Website

Forced Entertainment Youtube Channel with Tabletop Shakespeare

Tim Etchell’s Poetry Recommendations for inspiration
Owed by Joshua Bennett

Poems by Joshua Bennett online at the Poetry Foundation

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aimé Césaire

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