Dirty Work (The Late Shift)

Created 2017

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In Dirty Work (The Late Shift) two performers conjure an extraordinary performance in a collaborative and competitive act of description. From vast explosions to dancing chorus lines with daily life, political interludes, epic drama and cabaret turns in between, no event or image is unstageable for the protagonists, whose game of virtual theatre escalates to take the audience on a roller coaster ride.

Developed from Forced Entertainment’s 1998 performance Dirty Work their new piece Dirty Work (The Late Shift) is a provocative and intimate celebration of the power of language to make things happen. Accompanied by the sound of piano on a battered record player, it explores and exposes the world we live in where real life is so often presented as spectacle. As the evening unfolds the simple deceptively simple form of described events enlists the audience’s imaginative help to fill the stage with a delirium of images, scenes and events in bewildering succession.


Conceived and devised by the company

Director Tim Etchells
Performed by Robin Arthur, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Devised by Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Text Tim Etchells with Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Design Richard Lowdon
Production Management Jim Harrison

Dirty Work (The Late Shift) is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen and HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin.