Tomorrow's Parties

Forced Entertainment


Forced Entertainment is a group of six artists who have worked together since 1984 to make compelling, inventive and provocative new theatre. Combining discussion, improvisation and writing, the group’s rehearsal process is a creative laboratory that discovers unexpected and inspiring answers to questions of life and art. The group’s creations are rooted in and often performed in theatres, but it also makes forays into durational performance, gallery installations and digital media.

Tomorrow’s Parties explore the ideas and clichés of hope, the speculative nature of anticipation and the myriad possibilities the future holds in store. Drawing on utopian and dystopian projections, the work twists and turns in performance, carrying the audience along on a tide of conjectures and dreams. Gripping and well-worn narratives move the piece out in different directions to other kinds of speculations of the future - the realistic, the personal and the evidently fantastical - as the couple attempt to outdo each other in an escalating game of one-upmanship. Tomorrow’s Parties is Forced Entertainment in intimate and comical mode - a playful and poignant look forwards to futures both possible and impossible.

Tomorrow's Parties is co-produced by BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Internationale Sommerfestival (Hamburg), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zurich) and Sheffield City Council. With the support of Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

In the press

"Unbearably sad yet absurdly optimistic" ★★★★ The Guardian

"Exquisitely crafted, humorous yet never facile, Tomorrow's Parties haunts the thoughts: outstanding" The Herald

Production details

  • Devisor

    Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor
  • Director

    Tim Etchells
  • Designer

    Richard Lowdon
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage
  • Touring Availability

    August 2015
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    8m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Old Lab, Summerhall
  • Production dates

    24 – 29 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1320 – 1440
  • Duration

    80 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity




Company members lead a programme of wraparound activity to accompany productions including post-show discussions, talks and workshops on request. Free resource packs for productions are available to download from the website, and more info can be accessed via the Forced Entertainment Collection at the British Library.

Additional productions

The Last Adventures, The Coming Storm, The Notebook