Real Magic

Created 2016

Real Magic

Forced Entertainment’s new performance Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers attempt an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – in which they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation. Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change.

Real Magic sees regular Forced Entertainment performers Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall, joined by Jerry Killick, who has worked with the group on numerous projects including Bloody Mess and And On The Thousandth Night…

"The illusionary machinery of theatre operates at full speed. One cannot stop wondering. A celebration of playful acting."
Deutschlandfunk

credits

Conceived and devised by the company

Director Tim Etchells
Devised with and Performed by Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall
Created with input from Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden

Lighting Design Jim Harrison
Design Richard Lowdon
Production Management Jim Harrison
Sound Technicians Greg Akenhurst, Doug Currie
Project Assistant Anna Krauss

Music Electronics & Sound Editing John Avery Loops Tim Etchells ‘Grave’, from Telemann Fantasia Number 1 in B-Flat Major Aisha Orazbayeva

Real Magic is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, ACCA Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh