Out Of Order

Out Of Order

Under bright light a troupe of hapless clowns try to get along and pass the time.

Lyn Gardner avatar
3 October 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“A new show from Forced Entertainment is always an event, but you will have to get your skates on because there are currently only three London dates for this latest piece which takes the form of a silent comic-tragedy performed by a troupe of deranged clowns. FE’s work has always walked the line between the hilarious and the totally unfunny and interrogated the structures that we cling too even as they fall down around our ears. Expect fights, music, sweat and bright lights as the company explore what happens when established systems break down. Could be the most pertinent show of the month.”


Southbank Centre Associate Company Forced Entertainment present the UK premiere of their new group piece Out of Order.

Carefully unbalanced between funny and not funny, it presents the ruins of a show in the ruins of a world.

Old music plays on loop – the wrong kind, but no one seems to mind.

Rehearsing old gags and getting tangled in new ones, the clowns fight and chase in eruptions of uneasy mayhem.

Violence and posturing, high jinks and clown-on-clown comical capers give way to bickering, exhaustion, hunger, melancholy and silence.

The clock ticks. The music swells to repeated climax.

Highly regarded for pushing the boundaries of what theatre can be, Forced Entertainment reimagine the circus clown in six figures set swirling on the stage.

Age Recommendation: 16+

Critic reviews

Our era of buffoonish leadership is brilliantly skewered in Forced Entertainment’s mimed maelstrom of aggression

The Guardian

An absurdist response to troubled times

The Stage

Forced Entertainment’s clowns have forgotten their routine but are bound to try to do it anyway, just as we remain dutifully committed to our own pointless self-destruction


Watching them navigate this new wordless terrain is an intentionally frustrating and violent adventure set on a repeat

A Younger Theatre

Delightfully ridiculous, pleasingly pointless and annoyingly enthralling – Forced Entertainment have created a show that will stay with you for days afterwards

West End Wilma

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 12 Oct - Mon 14 Oct, 5pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 15 mins


Belvedere Road SE1 8XX London, UK · Get Directions

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