That Night Follows Day – Southbank Centre (2018)

Created 2018

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You feed us. You dress us. You watch us when we are sleeping.
You lay down the law. You explain that night follows day.

In December (2018) we presented a new version of Artistic Director Tim Etchells’ That Night Follows Day, at Southbank Centre in London. Performed by children, for an adult audience the piece explores the way that adults and the adult world shape the experience, understanding and possibilities that young people have.

The new UK version of That Night Follows Day comes after the version produced in Dutch with Flemish company CAMPO, which toured the world following its premiere in May 2007. This production was created over a period of about 4 months with a group of 17 young people aged 8 to 15, with a new and evolving text and Tim and Hester Chillingworth leading the rehearsals. A diverse cast drawn from all over London, the performing group integrated two D/deaf performers who presented their parts of the piece in BSL. That Night Follows Day invites us to take a critical and playful look at the way we project our world onto those around us. With alarming clarity and humour, these young people reveal the ways we are all constrained and created by the words we hear.

Since 2011 Forced Entertainment have also been using That Night Follows Day as the basis for workshops, creating a series of public rehearsed readings of the text, bringing this widely acclaimed work to presentations with UK and international partners, young participants and audiences. Find out more about our rehearsed readings by following the link in the box below.


The following credits are for the Southbank Centre performance, December 2018.


Directed by Tim Etchells & Hester Chillingworth
Written by Tim Etchells
Translated to British Sign Language by Daryl Jackson
Performed by Timi Adelagun, Sarah Carvalho, Amina Colaiacovo Abdelhalim, Lenny Cole, Jewell El-Daouk, Alexander Felgueira, Elsa Haddaway, George Karanja, Trisha Kashyap, Tamar Laniado, Loïc Ndoutoumou, Daniela Gomes Monteiro Onuegbu, Marti Perramon-Holgado, Julius Pinker, Ruari Spooner, Elica Trillana, Minnie Trottford
Design Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design Jim Harrison
Costume Design Laura Hopkins
Production Management Jim Harrison
Participation Producer (Southbank Centre) Alex Williams
Project Assistant (Forced Entertainment) Soraya Jane Nabipour
Project Assistant (Southbank Centre) Kaya La Bonte-Hurst
BSL Theatre Consultant Daryl Jackson
BSL Interpreters (rehearsals) Rob Chalk, Katie Fenwick, Laura Goulden, Taz Hockaday, Susan Merrick, Paul Michaels, Jo Taylor, Rachel Tibetts, Jess Veal


That Night Follows Day is a Tim Etchells & Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by Southbank Centre.
The original version of That Night Follows Day was produced in Dutch with Flemish company CAMPO.

With thanks to Marie Pascall and Performance Interpreting, all parents and families of the performers for their support throughout the project, and to all Southbank Centre staff. This production was generously supported by the Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired.