The Thrill of It All


It's bright under the lights, and hot, and frightening. Nine performers in grubby tuxedos and tarnished sequins play out a comical and disconcerting vaudeville to the strains of Japanese
lounge music.  
After the minimalism of Spectacular and the animated graphic novel of Void Story, internationally renowned innovators Forced Entertainment return with a large cast on a big stage, filled with ragged dances and distorted voices.
Deranged dancing girls swirl, giggle, bicker and stray ever further from the point. Shabby comperes compete for the microphone and the audience’s laughter as the show itself slowly starts to unravel. Dances end in fights, jokes end in confusion and sentimental stories end in arguments in this unsettling and extraordinary performance.

© Forced Entertainment 2010. Theatre performance.


Conceived and devised by the company

Performers: Thomas Conway, Amit Hadari, Phil Hayes, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor, John Rowley.
Direction: Tim Etchells
Design: Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design: Nigel Edwards
Music and Sound: John Avery
Choreographic advice: Kate McIntosh
Director's Assistant: Hester Chillingworth
Production: Ray Rennie and Francis Stevenson

Co-production partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin),
PACT Zollverein (Essen), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou in collaboration with Festival d’Automne (Paris) and Theatre Garonne (Toulouse).

With support from Sheffield City Council.

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' The jokes are very funny, and there is profundity in the humour and the bleaker moments.’
The British Theatre Guide

‘The reckless Forced Entertainment beat theatre to smithereens.’
Cutting Edge
‘After 26 years of post dramatic theatre making, Forced Entertainment are still the unconquered heroes of today’s performance scene’
DFL Kultur

'Forced Entertainment's neo-vaudevillian, avant-garde crowd-pleaser is a real rib-tickler.****'
The Times

‘Very funny…the performers are undeniably good…’
The Telegraph

‘Vicious humour’
The Guardian

Information Pack

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Notes and Essays

Tim Etchells on Performance for The Guardian

Artistic Director Tim Etchells wrote a diary piece for the Guardian website while rehearsing The Thrill of It All.

Select this link to read the full diary piece.

And another when the piece opened:

Select this link to read the article.

A sneak preview with Jarvis Cocker

Listen to a feature on the show by Jarvis Cocker

Theatre Voice

Listen to an interview with about the show with director Tim Etchells here.

Voices & Bodies

A conversation between Tim Etchells and Kate McIntosh, March 2010

The Notebook

Look at entries in our Notebook related to The Thrill of It All


The Thrill of It All DVD

The Thrill of It All DVD

Price: £44.50
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