Out Of Order

Created 2018

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Out Of Order: Image Credit: Hugo Glendinning

Clowns in a fight, music, sweat and bright light. In Out Of Order a troupe of hapless clowns rehearse old gags and get tangled in new ones, get trapped in a long-standing dispute, huddled at a table waiting for trouble to start. Like friends. Like politicians. Like a meeting that always collapses. A destruction that can’t be escaped. A conversation that can’t quite be had. Driven by a heavy musical score, Forced Entertainment’s Out Of Order teeters carelessly between funny and not funny at all, comical and absolutely tragic. It is the ruins of a show in the ruins of a world. Things go quiet, melancholy, all out of breath. Where we’re at. Where we are heading. Out Of Order says it all without speaking.

World Premiere 27th April 2018, Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt.


A mix of "Groundhog Day" and Beckett. Caught in the loop.
meticulous montages of images, texts, scenes and actions ★★★★


Conceived and devised by the company.

Director Tim Etchells
Devised and performed by: Robin Arthur, Nicki Hobday, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor.
Created with input from: Claire Marshall and Hester Chillingworth
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Design Richard Lowdon
Sound Technician Alex Fernandes
Production Management Jim Harrison


Out Of Order is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by Künstlerhaus Moustonturm supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media of Germany and Schauspiel Frankfurt, PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin and Gessnerallee Zurich.