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It’s a reminder that one person – armed with a story and some bric-a-brac – can create colossal worlds.
- The Stage
Forced Entertainment are a group of six artists who make work in theatre and performance from their base in Sheffield, England. Artistic Director Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer who has worked in a wide variety of contexts and in collaboration generating some of the most insightful new ground in current theater.
One by one, over 6 days, Forced Entertainment performers condense 36 Shakespeare plays into a series of works of less than an hour each played out on a one meter tabletop – each play comically and intimately retold via a series of lovingly made miniatures and a collection of everyday unextraordinary objects.
Forced Entertainment have long had an obsession conjuring extraordinary scenes, images and narratives using condensed language with precise implications. In this remarkable departure for the company, Complete Works explores the dynamic force of narrative in a simple and idiosyncratic summary of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories and late plays, creating worlds as vivid as they are strange.
Presented in partnership with the British Council and in conjunction with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ initiative, America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West. Additional support provided by Anne Marie Spataru.