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Lowdon, Richard

Overview
Works: 28 works in 96 publications in 1 language and 262 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Drama  Nonfiction films  Filmed performances  Children's films  Television programs  Academic theses  Music  Short films 
Roles: Actor, Director, sgd, Other
Classifications: PR6105.T3, 792.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard Lowdon
Exquisite pain( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this simple and intimate performance, based on a project by renowned French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, Forced Entertainment explore how language, memory and forgetting move to contain, preserve or erase events. Exquisite pain is about loss, love and the stories we tell ourselves when things have gone wrong
Showtime by Go Fish (Musical group)( Visual )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showtime is a comical piece in which the concerns of adult life, especially death, are played out in a visual language drawn from children's picture books and pantomimes
Speak bitterness by Forced Entertainment (Theater company)( Visual )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essence of Speak bitterness is a line of people making confessions from behind a long table. An exhaustive catalogue, the text draws on the diverse cultures of confession in, for example, contemporary chat shows, churches and show trials
Emanuelle enchanted (or a description of this world as if it were a beautiful place)( Visual )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a crude wooden stage, a group of five performers use a semi-translucent curtain, whisked backwards and forwards to reveal the fragmentary traces of a single apocalyptic night. Read narratively, the piece shows a night of crisis which is perhaps both personal and global. The invoked 'scenes' include a chaotic, almost nonsensical TV newsroom, a domestic space in which the walls themselves are always in motion, and a panoramic glimpse of many characters presented via cardboard signs." -- Container
Pleasure( Visual )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If each of Forced Entertainment's pieces were a room in a house 'Pleasure' would definitely be the basement - a dark, scary place where the stage-hands are snogging and where the acts are more dangerous than they seem. Created in 1997 'Pleasure' toured throughout the UK and mainland Europe. In July 1997 it was the subject of a South Bank Show documentary film 'On Pleasure' by Alexander Kelly in collaboration with the company
Club of no regrets by Forced Entertainment (Theater company)( Visual )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Club of No Regrets, the central figure, Helen X, gives orders to a pair of performers to enact a series of scenes inside a crude and tiny box set, located centre stage. A second pair of performers - who function as brutal and incompetent stagehands or captors - either facilitate or hinder these enactments. Having bound the first two to chairs and threatened them with toy guns, these cruel assistants proceed to bring them the texts and props the performance might need
Some confusions in the law about love by Forced Entertainment (Theater company)( Visual )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A (rather unlikely) Elvis Presley impersonator in Birmingham, England performs his act on a tacky nightclub stage. As the evening progresses he is joined by two jaded showgirls, a pair of forlorn skeletons who perform an archaic Japanese love-suicide story,and special guests, Mike and Dolores, 'sex act escapologists' who are interviewed 'live by satellite from Hawaii' on two monitors at the edges of the performance area
Bloody mess by Tim Etchells( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forced Entertainment's Bloody mess defies categorisation, creating a startling and comical new logic from the collisions of disconnected characters, stories and performances
One Night by Elvis Presley( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eight performers in a line of dazzling smiles, dead eyes, sequined lycra, tottering heels and loud check suits. First Night begins with a grand welcome but soon disintegrates into haughty predictions of the future, escapology acts, unexpected dances and unhinged showbiz anecdotes."--container
The day that serenity returned to the ground( Visual )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the centre of this is a science fiction story about the return of a group of cosmonauts to Earth, replayed as a kind of minimalist choreography
Dreams' winter( Visual )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collaboration between the regular FE company, composer John Avery, and a diverse group of other performers. It formed part of two birthday celebrations - FE's 10th year and the 60th year of Manchester Central Library. The performance itself was designed for and inspired by the Library building - a huge circular, dome ceilinged space with shelves running to the centre like splkes of a wheel
200% & bloody thirsty by Forced Entertainment (Theater company)( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 200% & Bloody Thirsty, three drunks in bad wigs and jumble-sale clothes enact endlessly the events surrounding the supposed or imagined death of one of their friends, as if by replaying the events, their truth or otherwise might be revealed. In a stage set reminiscent of a homemade kitsch snow shaker, the piece repeats a chaotic nativity play in various versions, including one done blindfolded and at breakneck speed. Several other versions are enacted amidst a wild party in which copious amounts of canned lager are thrown about and dummies (crude boiler suits stuffed with foam) are used as extra revellers."--Container
Marina & Lee by Forced Entertainment (Theater company)( Visual )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marina wanders alone through a desert of plastic flowers in search of her dead lover, Lee Harvy Oswald. Marina's journey functions as a frame around material enacted by four other performers and drawn from many other fictional worlds, stories and performance modes. In the piece, there are physics lectures, hysterial gun-women from late-night TV, opera singers, kung fu fights and show-trial confessions
Instructions for forgetting by Tim Etchells( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les spectacles vivants invitent Tim Etchells pour une performance d'un genre particulier. Dans un décor de régie où les câbles s'enchevêtrent autour de téléviseurs, magnétoscopes et cassettes entassés, se révèle un documentaire d'intimités qui mêle vidéos familiales, entretiens, lettres et films amateurs à des images du journal télévisé. Entre réflexions personnelles et récits fragmentaires, Instructions for Forgetting tisse un lien entre des histoires privées et leur arrière-plan culturel ou politique. Un solo qui s'attache à brouiller constamment et systématiquement les frontières du théâtre
(Let the water run its course) to the sea that made the promise( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the landscape and imagery of Sheffield the piece is part ritual, part game, part exorcism in which two men and two women enact fragments of their lives, loves, and possible deaths. Spoken text is present only on tape while the live performers speak a gibberish language of cries, mumbles and whispers throughout - the shapes and passions of language without the details
A Decade of Forced Entertainment by England) Institute of Contemporary Arts (London( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a tenth-birthday look back at Forced Entertainment, a British theater company. Also contains brief introductions to the company's work by Rose Fenton, Claire Armistead and Stella Hall
Disco relax by Forced Entertainment (Theater company)( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Disco Relax is a distorted slice of contemporary life played backward and surreal. In the bowels of an impossible pub disco there are five figures, all mouth and no trousers. Pints are pulled, delivered and spilled. People make rash threats of unreasonable violence; they make promises that can't be kept. The DJ spins tunes, sound effects and recordings of silence. Alongside the live action scraps of video present fragmentary scenes of films, home movies, bedtime stories and real life magic tricks. The energy - laconic, laidback, ridiculous. Based on original texts."--Container
The travels by Shalom Gorewitz( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the summer of 2002, members of Forced Entertainment undertook a series of journeys, each travelling alone to locations in the UK to complete tasks determined only partially in advance. These tasks - to get their fortune told, to find locations for an imaginary film, to ask tricky questions, to visit streets chosen simply for their names -presented the beginnings of a mapping process aimed not so much at the contemporary UK, but through it to something else - a landscape of ideas, narratives and bad dreams
Nighthawks( Visual )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking its title from the Edward Hopper painting, the piece began as an exploration of a more or less mythological territory - the world of American bars constructed in Hopper paintings and genre patterns from movies and literature. In a silent, minimalist choreography, the piece explores sexual identity and our relationship to images from the media culture. A taped voice-over frames the action throughout. Nighthawks was the 3rd performance piece created by the group and toured through the UK in 1985/86
Tomorrow's parties by Tim Etchells( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tomorrow's Parties is a playful, poignant and at times delirious look forwards to futures both possible and impossible. On a stage framed by coloured fairground lights, this seemingly minimal performance soon reveals itself as a low-fi theatrical explosion. Two performers enjoy the pleasure of invention as their suppositions take them in different directions. From utopian and dystopian visions, science fiction scenarios, political nightmares and absurd fantasies, Forced Entertainment deliver a thought-provoking survey of hopes and fears as they speculate about what the future might bring
 
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