Forced Entertainment: Signal to Noise

Thu 10 & Fri 11 Oct, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
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Witness the battle to break out of repeating cycles in the UK premiere of Forced Entertainment's playful and unsettling, comical and deadly serious performance.

There seems to be a problem, a problem with the connection…

An upbeat spectacle which is slowly breaking apart, Signal to Noise presents a churn of fragmented speech, from altercations to unexpected weather reports.

AI voices are enlisted to perform the text, their unreal chatter mixing interior monologues, unfinished jokes and off-topic interviews. It all sounds right – more or less human, more or less real. What could go wrong?

The six performers lip-sync all the voices, bringing life to these disembodied speakers. In the process they summon a strange and compelling world where the question of what’s human and what’s not, what’s real life and what’s just pretending is never far away.

Etchells' musical score mixes everything from filmic atmospheres to noise, xylophones to slowed classical strings, beats, trumpets, grunge guitars, and birdsong, but – as ever with the company – the performers are the heart of the work, animating it with the energy and inventiveness that Forced Entertainment have made their calling card.

Created as the group celebrates its 40th birthday, the show is a powerful mix of performance magic and deconstruction which opens a space for the audience to reflect on the strangeness of interactions.

Signal to Noise is a Forced Entertainment production.

Co-produced by HAU, Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; PACT Zollverein, Essen; and Theatre Garonne, Toulouse.

Credits
Conceived and devised by the company
Tim Etchells director
Devised and performed by Robin Arthur, Seke Chimutengwende, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Tyrone Huggins dramaturgy
Nigel Edwards lighting design
Jim Harrison production management

Signal to Noise is part of Forced Entertainment at 40, a special London-wide programme in partnership with the Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre and The Place to celebrate 40 years of tearing up the rulebook.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 16+

Signal to Noise is part of the programme Forced Entertainment at 40. Other shows in the programme taking place at the Southbank Centre include 12am: Awake and Looking Down and Tim Etchells & Tony Buck: Go On Like This.

Dates & times

Thur 10 Oct, 7.30pm

Fri 11 Oct, 7.30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 15 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £20*
  • Concessions25%**


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