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That Night Follows Day by Tim Etchells & Forced Entertainment

Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and excuses adults tell children.

Performed by children, for adults, the cast invite us to take a playful look at the way we project our world onto those around us. With alarming clarity and humour, these eight to 14 year olds reveal the ways we are all constrained and created by the words we hear.

You feed us.
You dress us.
You watch us when we are sleeping.
You lay down the law.
You explain that night follows day.

Leading contemporary theatre company Forced Entertainment have produced some of ‘the most exciting and challenging theatre of the past few decades’ (The Guardian). Working with a diverse group of young people from London, including two British Sign Language users, they present a new version of Tim Etchells' text as the company’s first production as Southbank Centre Associate Artist.

Forced Entertainment artistic director and writer Tim Etchells is also a solo artist in his own right, who has seen his work exhibited internationally.

The original version of That Night Follows Day was produced in Dutch with Flemish company CAMPO. This will be the first time a full scale production has been created in English and presented in the UK.

Etchells' script is a masterpiece of precise observation and perfectly crafted musicality, moving subtly through love, amusement, anger, frustration and joy.
The Herald (Scotland)

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Purcell Room


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Age recommendation
For ages 12+.

Access information
This show is captioned throughout and features Deaf performers using elements of British Sign Language interpretation (BSL) to create a show that can be communicated to Hearing, Hard of Hearing and Deaf audiences alike.

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