Some Confusions in the Law about Love
Created 1989Back to projects
R: Mike, Dolores. Tell us a bit about the act.
F: It’s a kind of escape artistry routine. We play lovers. Dolores shoots me in the head.
R: That sounds pretty kinky — would you say the act was kinky?
F: It’s kinky alright.
R: You said it was escape artistry, in the act, we wondered what, what are you escaping from?
F: We’re supposed to be escaping from death.
In Some Confusions in the Law about Love, a (rather unlikely) Elvis Presley impersonator in Birmingham, England performs his act on a tacky nightclub stage. As the evening progresses, he is joined by two jaded showgirls, a pair of forlorn skeletons who perform an archaic Japanese love-suicide story and special guests, Mike and Dolores, ‘sex act escapologists,’ who are interviewed ‘live by satellite from Hawaii’ on two monitors at the edges of the performance area.
Like other performances by Forced Entertainment made around this time — for example, Marina & Lee (1991) and Emanuelle Enchanted (1992) — the piece was structured by collaging diverse narrative or imagistic strands, creating a dramaturgy of collision and overlap.
Conceived and devised by the company.
Performers Robin Arthur, Terry O’Connor, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Mark Randle. Thanks also to Fred McVittie for his contribution during the creation and initial tour of this piece.
Direction Tim Etchells, Richard Lowdon
Text Tim Etchells
Video Performers Claire Marshall, Fred McVittie
Design Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Soundtrack John Avery
Some Confusions in the Law about Love is a Forced Entertainment production.
Some Confusions in the Law about Love - PREVIOUS SHOWS
18 Jul 1991
Nuffield Theatre Studio, Lancaster, UK
30 Oct 1990 - 31 Oct 1990
North Riding College, Scarborough, UK
23 Oct 1990
11 Oct 1990 - 12 Oct 1990
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK
9 Oct 1990
Bath College Theatre, Bath, UK
28 May 1990
The Green Room, Manchester, UK
17 May 1990 - 18 May 1990
11 May 1990 - 12 May 1990
Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, UK
4 May 1990
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
6 Mar 1990 - 21 Mar 1990
Prema Arts Centre, Dursley, UK
3 Mar 1990
Willesdon Green Library Centre, London, UK
2 Feb 1990