Out Of Order

Created 2018

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There are red suits and smeared make up, locked smiles and glum faces.

On a bare stage under bright light a troupe of hapless clowns do their unlevel best to get along and pass the time. Carefully unbalanced between funny and not funny Out Of Order is the ruins of a show in the ruins of a world. Violence and posturing, high jinx and clown on clown comical capers give way to bickering, exhaustion, hunger, melancholy and silence. The clock ticks. The music swells to repeated climax.

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.


★★★★ 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 and Jim Harrison
Production Manager Jim Harrison
Touring Technical Manager Alex Fernandes

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

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.