1st Edition

Certain Fragments Texts and Writings on Performance

By Tim Etchells Copyright 1999

    What is the relationship between performance and play? Between performance and technology? Between performance and death?

    Certain Fragments is an extraordinary exploration of what lies at the heart of contemporary theatre. Written by the artistic director of Forced Entertainment, acknowledged to be Britains most brilliant experimental theatre company (Guardian), Certain Fragments investigates the processes of devising performance, the role of writing in an interdisciplinary theatre, and the influence of the city on contemporary art practice.

    Tim Etchells unique and provocative voice shifts from intimate anecdote to critical analysis and back again. And as in his theatre-making so in his book: with Certain Fragments Etchells disrupts traditional notions of creative, academic, and intellectual work. The book is an exciting and radical fusion of story-telling and criticism. It also makes available, for the first time, four seminal Forced Entertainment texts by Etchells.

    Foreword, Introduction, Section I Essays, Section II Performance Texts


    Tim Etchells is a writer, director and artist best known for his work leading Forced Entertainment. Based in Sheffield Etchells has written extensively on new performance and installation.

    'Certain Fragments . . . illuminate[s] . . . the more interesting aspects of contemporary British theatre.' - David Pattie, New Theatre Quarterly