The Possible Impossible House

Created 2014

In the overflowing library of The Possible Impossible House, a girl doodled on a blank page of an algebra book waits to lead you on a nighttime adventure. Searching labyrinthine corridors, a deserted ballroom and a cupboard under the stairs, you meet a motley crew of characters from a flock of rowdy comical birds, to a talking mouse, a not-so-very-frightening-ghost and a troop of dancing soldiers…

Combining homemade visual magic and live sound effects, The Possible Impossible House is the first work by Forced Entertainment created for young people. For this project, they collaborate with acclaimed visual artist Vlatka Horvat whose hand made collages help summon the house and the figures waiting inside.

In an exciting new venture for the company, Forced Entertainment collaborated with Theater an der Parkaue in Berlin to create a German language version of The Possible Impossible House, the company’s first ever show for children and young people that premiered at Barbican, London in December 2014.

The company have since developed a French Language Version and a Swedish Language version of The Possible Impossible House. Relevant contacts for these productions are below:

German

Paul Viebeg
theatre an de parkaue
Paul.Viebeg@parkaue.de

French

Elizabeth Gay
Vidy Lausanne
e.gay@vidy.ch

Swedish

Stina Engquist
Riskteatern
Stina.Engquist@riksteatern.se

“Sparky, well acted two hander celebrating the joy of storytelling.”
The Stage
"…delightfully childish.. rambling, illogical but dazzlingly inventive"
Time Out London
“I’m certain plenty of children who are lucky enough to enter the The Possible Impossible House will have some exciting, surreal stories of their own having been immersed in the Forced Entertainment world”.
Total Theatre
"The theatre was full of laughter...The Possible Impossible House is well worth coming to see and is an enjoyable show for the whole family."
Review by James Hurst (11 years old)
Impossible Possible house is a fantastic story, a play, which could be a movie, a cartoon or a dream then you would have in the head design . This is a show in which we find humor and inventiveness of the British company Forced Entertainment. For children, but for all those who love the theater and stories.
Marion Siefert
Nanterre-Amandiers
Ingenious, immersive, entertainment well beyond the key target audience.
Valmir Rexhepi
Critical Workshop

credits

Conceived and devised by the company in collaboration with Vlatka Horvat

Performers – two performers drawn from the core team of Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor

Direction Tim Etchells
Projections Vlatka Horvat and Tim Etchells
Design Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Production Management Jim Harrison

The Possible Impossible House is a Forced Entertainment production
Co-produced by the Barbican London and Theater An Der Parkaue Berlin