And On The Thousandth Night

Forced Entertainment

Sun 15 Apr 2007

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

‘And on the Thousandth Night…’ was created in September 2000 for Festival Ayloul in Beirut.

Drawing on one section of Forced Entertainment’s epic 24 hour performance ‘Who Can Sing a Song to Unfrighten Me?’ (1999), the piece explores the live relationship between a story and its public, a story and its tellers. A story is told, made up live, dragged from memory by a line of performers dressed as Kings and Queens, wearing cheap red cloaks and cardboard crowns. It is a long, mutating and endlessly self-cancelling story. It is a story which somehow, in its many dips and turns, seems to include many of the stories in the world. It mixes everything in: film plots, religious stories, children’s stories, traditional tales, jokes and modern myths, scary stories, love stories and sex stories.