Tim Etchells is artistic director of the performance ensemble Forced Entertainment, one of the UK’s most respected and groundbreaking experimental theatre companies. Since Forced Entertainment’s inception in 1984, Etchells has produced, written, directed and performed in many pieces, including Bloody Thirsty, Bloody Mess, Dirty Work, and Exquisite Pain.
He has also created diverse projects of his own in a variety of media including SMS, the “Trash” bin of his computer, public address systems, video and installation. Collaboration is at the center of Etchells’ work, and he has partnered with photographer Hugo Glendinning, with writer and curator Adrian Heathfield, and with artist Vlatka Horvat. Etchells has completed projects with artists Asta Groting and Franko B, and with choreographers Meg Stuart and Wendy Houston, among others.
He has written widely about performance and contemporary culture, and has published three books: The Dream Dictionary (Duckworth 2001); Endland Stories (Pulp Books 1999); and Certain Fragments (Routledge 1999), a collection of theoretical writing and performance texts.
In much of Etchells’ work, he invites the viewer to imagine alternative methods of expression, often relocating day-to-day, private language into surprising and confusing situations that stimulate new means of understanding.