Out Of Order

Created 2018

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Out Of Order: Image Credit: Hugo Glendinning

Driven by a heavy musical score, Out Of Order teeters carelessly between funny and not funny at all, comical and absolutely tragic.

A troupe of hapless clowns sit huddled round a table, waiting for trouble to start. Like friends divided or deadlocked politicians. There are old gags that escalate and new ones that backfire. Music, sweat and bright lights. Blank faces, double takes and bright ideas. It might look like peace for a moment but soon it’s mayhem again.

A kind of poetic State of the Nation rendered as clown act gone wrong. Where we’re at and where we’re heading —
Out of Order says it all without speaking.

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


★★★★ Forced Entertainment’s deconstructed clowning routine is a challenging absurdist response to troubled times
The Stage
★★★★ Sweaty, sad, and stupidly funny
The Guardian
★★★★ Where it feels truly current is in its criticism of communication; the way we blindly follow and drown each other out.
The Guardian


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.