In Dirty Work (The Late Shift) two performers conjure an extraordinary performance in a collaborative and competitive act of description.

From theatrical spectacle to historical events, daily life to impossible feats, cabaret to political speeches, and from sublime beauty to vivid terrors, everything is here, in provocative, intimate and comical style. Accompanied by the sound of piano on a battered record player, Dirty Work (The Late Shift) explores and exposes a world in which real life is so often presented as spectacle.

Returning to their 1998 performance Dirty WorkForced Entertainment have created a new version of the piece that digs deeper into the comical and unsettling territory they established just before the turn of the Millennium. The new work, Dirty Work (The Late Shift) develops the simple but immensely generative form of described or virtual events, co-opting the imaginative capacities of the audience to fill the stage with a delirium of images, scenes and events in bewildering and unnerving succession.


★★★★ 'As Dirty Work proves, the imagination is a powerful tool' – The Guardian

★★★★ 'Dirty Work (The Late Shiftis full of spectacle … But look again, and you will see that the stage is virtually empty' – Reviews Hub

A Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.

Forced Entertainment are on a roll. The company's won some of the biggest awards in world theatre of late. The Spalding Gray Prize last year, then the Ibsen award, and now selection for Theatertreffen, German theatre's 'best of' festival. It's a rare feat for British artists, and richly deserved.

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Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning