The Last Adventures

Created 2013

In The Last Adventures Forced Entertainment collaborate with Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui to create a compelling performance on an epic scale. Sounds swarm and storm in the air as performers in homemade costumes create a pageant of giant sea monsters, ghosts, fighting kings, marching robots and dancing trees. Before our eyes Forced Entertainment transform a haunted forest into a sky of portentous clouds, or the aftermath of a terrible war. Here and there recognisable characters surface from the chaos in strange juxtapositions, emerging onstage from the ruins of familiar stories, only to disappear in the very next moment.

Working with a cast of twelve international performers, artistic director Tim Etchells leads Forced Entertainment into challenging new territory. With recorded soundtrack mixing electronics from Atoui and live instrumentation from a different special guest musician in each location, The Last Adventures is an intoxicating experience mixing fairy tales, science fiction, children’s picture books and epic myths.

"What a dreamy beauty..."
@SelinaNThompson
"In a theatrical joy ride of epic scale, The Last Adventures by Forced Entertainment deconstructs theatre in the most complex and compelling way."
this is tomorrow
"An extraordinary encounter with the act of storytelling itself."
Theater der Zeit

credits

Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment & Tarek Atoui

Direction Tim Etchells
Sound Score and Composition Tarek Atoui
Text Tim Etchells
Design Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Sound Daniel Teusner
Production Jim Harrison
Dramaturgical Advice Adrian Heathfield
Choreographic Advice Kate McIntosh

Forced Entertainment Performers Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor

Guest Performers Gareth Brierley, Mark Etchells, Nada Gambier, Phil Hayes, Nicki Hobday, Maria Jerez, Leja Jurisic, Reena Kalsi, Kuselo Kamau, Thomas Kasebacher, Nina Eva Lampic, Teja Reba, Bruno Roubicek, John Rowley, Kylie Walters, Floor Van Leeuwen

Live Guest Musicians Uriel Barthélémi, Mazen Kerbaj, KK Null, Charbel Haber

The Last Adventures is a Forced Entertainment and Ruhrtriennale – International Festival of the Arts production

Co-produced by Fierce Festival Birmingham, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna and Warwick Arts Centre Coventry