Real Magic

Date:Tue 07 Nov
Price:£12.50 (£8 con)

Presented by Forced Entertainment

“Beckett meets trash TV” Nachtkritik 

Forced Entertainment’s new performance 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 the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change. 

Real Magic sees regular Forced Entertainment performers Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall, joined by Jerry Killick, who has worked with the group on numerous projects including Bloody Mess and And On The Thousandth Night… 

"Hypnotic game show parody" ★★★★ The Stage

A post-show discussion will follow this performance.

"Hypnotic game show parody" ★★★★ The Stage 

“Beckett meets trash TV” Nachtkritik 

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

"A Stand-Up-Tragedy" Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung 

"To raise existential questions with the simple TV show format borders on real magic."  Deutschlandfunk 

“By now the group has been transformed from an insider tip to a top event of the european theater scene.“ on Real Magic 

“With verve the performers pass through all different styles of theater history.“ Frankfurter Rundschau  

“Real Magic tells the deeply human story of play and misplay, of stupidity, effort, predestination and the spectacular possibility to make another attempt, in 80 minutes and with sparkling eyes.“ Frankfurter Rundschau

Box Office & Bar open 6.30pm. Show starts 7.30pm.

Suitable for ages 16+

Duration: 1 hr 25

A post-show discussion will follow this performance.

All prices shown include a booking fee.


Real Magic is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by: PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, Attenborough Centre for theCreative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh.