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A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A toilet roll tube for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger. A kitchen table for a stage.

Originally conceived in 2015, in Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of all of the Shakespeare plays, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the one metre stage of a table top.

Week 1
17.09. Macbeth / Richard Lowdon
18.09. Pericles / Cathy Naden
19.09. The Merchant of Venice / Claire Marshall
20.09. A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Jerry Killick

Week 2
24.09. Romeo and Juliet / Terry O’Connor
25.09. King John / Cathy Naden
26.09. Titus Andronicus / Robin Arthur
27.09. Much Ado About Nothing / Richard Lowdon

Week 3
01.10. Hamlet / Terry O’Connor
02.10. Loves Labour’s Lost / Robin Arthur
03.10. The Winter’s Tale / Cathy Naden
04.10. All’s Well That Ends Well / Claire Marshall

Week 4
08.10. Richard II / Terry O’Connor
09.10. Henry IV Part 1 / Jerry Killick
10.10. Henry IV Part 2 / Jerry Killick
11.10. Henry V / Claire Marshall

Week 5
15.10. Henry VI Part1 / Richard Lowdon
16.10. Henry VI Part 2 / Richard Lowdon
17.10. Henry VI Part 3 / Richard Lowdon
18.10. Richard III / Claire Marshall

Week 6
22.10. Measure for Measure / Cathy Naden
23.10. Corialanus / Jerry Killick
24.10. The Merry Wives of Windsor / Terry O’Connor
25.10. King Lear / Robin Arthur

Week 7
29.10. Twelfth Night / Jerry Killick
30.10. Cymbeline / Terry O’Connor
31.10. Julius Caesar / Robin Arthur
01.11. Antony and Cleopatra / Cathy Naden

Week 8
05.11. Two Gentlemen of Verona / Claire Marshall
06.11. Troilus and Cressida / Jerry Killick
07.11. As You Like It / Robin Arthur
08.11. Othello / Cathy Naden

Week 9
12.11. Taming of the Shrew / Claire Marshall
13.11. The Comedy of Errors / Terry O’Connor
14.11. Timon of Athens / Robin Arthur
15.11. The Tempest / Richard Lowdon

Forced Entertainment have long had an obsession with virtual or described performance, exploring in different ways over the years the possibilities of conjuring extraordinary scenes, images and stories using language alone. Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare explores the dynamic force of narrative in relation to Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories and late plays. What follows is simple and idiosyncratic, absurd and strangely compelling as, through a kind of lo-fi, home-made puppetry, the stories of the plays really do come to life in vivid miniature.

Complete Works has been performed in theatre spaces across the world as well as being webcast to thousands of international viewers, however, while a global pandemic has shut down stages everywhere, the piece finds an intimate new life by ‘coming home’. Rather than a table set against the red drapes of a theatre, the objects find their starting positions on Terry’s kitchen table or Jerry’s desk as if they’d just been taken down from the surrounding shelves and cupboards of each performers’ home.

Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment

Performers Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Director Tim Etchells
Text Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Digital Production Management Jim Harrison

is a Forced Entertainment production.

Financially supported by the following partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL; KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm; The Mondavi Center, UC Davis; PACT Zollverein; Romaeuropa Festival; Shakespeare Festival Neuss; Stanford Live at Stanford University; UCLA’s Center for the Art of
Performance and UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures. Also presented as part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2020 Time-Based Art Festival and Temporada Alta 2020.