About the performance:

The three chickens on stage are like three headless Slovenias who cannot find a common language. They are trying. They are trying very hard. They are trying to the fullest and beyond, but they don’t succeed. They don’t know it yet, but this is a show made for Slovenia. This is a performance about absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. This is a show in which Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall and Jerry Killick consistently prove the excellence of their acting. The acting on stage, the acting in the minds, the acting in the world. Its real magic is to remind us of the real magic of theatre and that something is rarely what it seems. That the devil is in the detail. That simplicity is the most complicated. That being human is, at its core, extremely interesting.

After the performance, there will be a discussion with the authors.

In cooperation with Maribor Theatre Festival.

Media reactions:

Real Magic is a super-brutal machine that is inescapable, the rules of which cannot be changed. […] It becomes an emotional journey, watching this show. It opens up stories within your own life.

Miriam (Mim) King, Total Theatre, 2016

About the authors:

Forced Entertainment is a group of six individuals who embody collectivity in creation. They have created some of the most exciting and acclaimed theatre performances of the last decades and are considered to have reinvented theatre. Their essence is engaged-political and personal. They are so very much theirs, but at the same time so very much ours.

Conceived and devised by:  Forced Entertainment

Director: Tim Etchells

Cast: Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall

Devised 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

Music Electronics & Sound Editing: John Avery

Loops: Tim Etchells

‘Grave’, from Telemann Fantasia Number 1 in B-Flat Major: Aisha Orazbayeva

Partners: PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, ACCA 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


On the programme:
14 May 2023 at 20:00
Location: Maribor Puppet Theatre Great Hall
Duration: 90 minutes