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Forced Entertainment: Real Magic + Post-show discussion

★★★★ “Exquisite torture and infinite complexity are wrung from three performers, six words and a scenario repeated like a demented Groundhog Day.” – The Guardian

“Haunting, enticing, surprising, as ever…a curious joy and a magical gift.” – Total Theatre (UK)

Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition.

To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – in which they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation.

Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes you on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change.

Co-produced by: P ACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, 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.

Information for Schools and Colleges:

Recommended for post 16, AS and A2 and equivalent levels Drama and Theatre Studies.

Event details

There will be a post-show discussion on Thu 30 November chaired by Ali Wilson.

Ali Wilson is currently studying MA Contemporary Performance Practice at University of Salford and makes theatre both as a solo and collaborative artist. She is currently one of four young producers on RE:CON, Contact’s young programming and producing team.