Hidden J

Created 1994

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“Long ago and far away there was a country and all the people that lived there were a bunch of fucking cunts…”

Hidden J begins with a lone performer who takes a seat at the front of the stage, donning a sign that proclaims her a LIAR for the duration of the work.

At the centre of the performance is a no-hope drunk English bloke who is in the process of messing up a wedding speech. Around this hapless figure, Forced Entertainment present diverse fragments of apparently unrelated material—scenes of some unnamed East European war zone, a botched hospital operation, the narration of an angel and a devil, and accounts of a massacre in what could possibly be Africa.

In the project, the uneven and openly hostile onstage power relations of Club of No Regrets (1993) are pushed even further—we see a group of performers/protagonists who appear to disagree fundamentally about the story and the world which they are trying to describe.


Conceived and devised by the company.

Performers Robin Arthur, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall
Direction Tim Etchells
Text Tim Etchells
Assistant Director Nick Crowe
Design Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Soundtrack John Avery

Hidden J is a Forced Entertainment production.