The Coming Storm

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Lawrence Batley Theatre
Queen's Square, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SP
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Forced Entertainment, the UK's most celebrated pioneers of experimental theatre, have been turning theatre upside down and confronting audiences' expectations for over a quarter of a century. In their latest tour de force, The Coming Storm, they turn their attention to narrative - deconstructing and reconstructing something like a ghost story to test the limits of the form. Employing devices from amateur dramatics, puppet theatre, song and na?ve dance, they tell an epic story that is resolutely too big for the stage. This unwieldy narrative is absurd, contradictory and might fall apart at any moment as it is overwritten, reshaped and cannibalised. In a style as inventive as it is clumsy, wrong-headed theatrical tricks take their place alongside broken dances, live music (featured for the first time in the group's work) and increasingly frantic attempts to illustrate their blackly comic and haunting tale.