Real Magic

Forced Entertainment


Forced Entertainment is a multi-award winning Sheffield-based theatre company founded in 1984. Touring and presenting ground-breaking and provocative performances across the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world, the group has sustained a unique collaborative practice for more than 30 years. Producing work that explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself, the company draws influence not just from drama, but also from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up. The group operates at different scales, shifting from intimate two-performer works focused on text, to spectacular middle-scale productions.

Forced Entertainment’s new show Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three 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 the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change.

In the press

"Haunting, enticing, surprising, as ever… a curious joy and a magical gift” 
Total Theatre

"The illusionary machinery of theatre operates at full speed. A celebration of playful acting” Deutschlandfunk

Production details

  • Devisor

    Devised with and Performed by Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall. Created with input from Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden
  • Director

    Tim Etchells
  • Designer

    Richard Lowdon
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Freighting is a single, large (2m10x1m10x1m20) flight case. Please contact the company if your stage has limited accessibility.

  • Touring Availability

  • Scale of venue

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

    10m x 9m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    The Studio
  • Production dates

    22-27 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1900-2025 22-27 AUGUST, 1300-1425 26 AUGUST
  • Duration

    85 MINS
  • Audience capacity