The Set Up

Created 1985

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credit: Hugo Glendinning

In The Set-up, three performers use choreographed gestures and narrative moments from gangland interrogation scenes. The piece draws on TV and film genre clichés to explore ideas of guilt, confession and sexual identity. The style, like that of the later pieces Nighthawks (1985) and The Day that Serenity… (1986), explores a kind of minimalist choreography in which the shapes and gestures of a story are worked in repetition and phase to reveal their musical and narrative possibilities.


Conceived and devised by the company.

Performers Robin Arthur, Huw Chadbourn, Susie Williams
Direction Tim Etchells, Richard Lowdon
Text Tim Etchells
Design Richard Lowdon, Huw Chadbourn
Lighting Design Richard Lowdon
Soundtrack John Avery

The Set Up is a Forced Entertainment production.

Commissioned by National Review of Live Art (Glasgow).