27-27 November 2004


Tickets: 18

**** “This is one long, very knowing, wonderfully playful theatrical game on the nature of illusion, narrative and laughter …It is ridiculously good.”

The Guardian

An ambitious and chaotically beautiful brand-new epic work for ten performers, Bloody Mess defies description and categorisation, creating a startling and comical new logic from the collisions of disconnected characters, stories and performances. From rock gig roadies constantly bringing microphones that nobody really wants – filling the stage with disco lights and smoke machines, to a couple of clowns that seem more interested in fighting than in any comedy routines, to a woman dressed as a pantomime gorilla – throwing popcorn around the stage, Bloody Mess takes mismatched characters, stories and events to create a whole that is intelligent, darkly comic and unexpectedly moving.

Influenced by popular culture, cinema, contemporary art and the occasional dash of heavy metal thrown in for good measure, Bloody Mess is Forced Entertainment at its best -uncompromising political Pop Art, ironic physically demanding camp trash, visual spectacle that tries to describe the modern world in all of its beauty, horror and complexity.

Celebrating their 20th year, Forced Entertainment make work which is engaging, challenging and surprising, and explores the possibilities of what theatre might be.

There will be a post-show discussion with the company after Friday’s performance, chaired by Fiach MacConghail.

This performance contains scenes of nudity.

More information on Forced Entertainment here.

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