Devilishly simple, fiendishly intricate The Guardian
Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part nightmare game show – in which they are thrown back again and again to moments of hope and defeat. Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling virtuoso performance about big systems, small traps and yearning for change.
Real Magic sees regular Forced Entertainment performers Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall, joined by Jerry Killick, who has worked with the group on numerous projects including Bloody Mess and And On The Thousandth Night…
Flashing lights are used throughout the performance.
Co-produced by: PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh.
Conceived and devised by the company
Directed by: Tim Etchells
Devised with and performed by: Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall
Created with input from: Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden
Lighting Design: Jim Harrison
Design: Richard Lowdon
Sound Technicians: Greg Akehurst, Doug Currie
Project Assistant: Anna Krauss
Music Electronics & Sound Editing: John Avery
Loops: Tim Etchells ‘Grave’, from Telemann Fantasia Number 1 in B-Flat Major Aisha Orazbayeva
Brilliant and painfully searching show from Forced Entertainment The Scotsman
8 & 9 Oct, 7.30pm
Approx. 90 mins. No interval.
8 Oct, post-show. With members of the company.