Tim Etchells / Bert & Nasi


Times: 2pm, 7pm, 7:30pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £14)*

*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £2

Running Time: 70 mins (no interval)

Age Recommendation: 14+

This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber

A Tim Etchells and Bert and Nasi production
Produced by Forced Entertainment

Two performers armed with (or trapped in) a single scene – a customer orders a drink from a waiter. And then things go awry.

Directed by Forced Entertainment artistic director Tim Etchells, and created with the brilliant performance duo Bert and NasiL’Addition orchestrates a complex hilarious and explosive performance from simple materials.

Together, the three of them play with the mechanisms of theatre as much as with power relationships — but in the end, someone has to pay the bill.


‘Captivating’ Libération

‘Theatre pushed to its limits … a tightly-crafted script capable of bringing the house down with laughter’ ScenesWeb

‘The duo of performers shine in this hilarious farce to be consumed without moderation’ L’Humanité

Reviews from Avignon Festival, July 2023


A Tim Etchells and Bert and Nasi production.
Produced by Forced Entertainment.

Director Tim Etchells
Text by Tim Etchells with Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas
Devised and performed by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas
Lighting Design Alex Fernandes
Composer & Sound Design Graeme Miller
Production Management Forced Entertainment

This production is an English language version of the original French production by Festival d’Avignon in 2023.

Co-production original version GRRRANIT Scène nationale de Belfort, Centre culturel André Malraux Scène nationale de Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, Théâtre de la Manufacture CDN Nancy Lorraine, CCAS les activités sociales de l’énergie, le Théâtre Silvia Monfort (Paris), La Vignette Scène conventionnée Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier), Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune (Aix-en-Provence), Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la diversité linguistique, Théâtre Alibi (Bastia), The Coronet Theatre (London).


Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. Etchells has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment. Recent publications include Vacuum Days (Storythings, 2012) and While You Are With Us Here Tonight (LADA, 2013). Etchells’ work has been shown recently at Cubitt, Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg SPACE in London, at Turner Contemporary and Compton Verney in the UK, at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam) and MUHKA (Antwerp). Currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University, he was a Tate / Live Art Development AgencyLegacy: Thinker In Residence’ Award winner in 2008, Artist of the City of Lisbon in 2014 and he received the prestigious Spalding Gray Award in February 2016.


Bert and Nasi

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas are a contemporary performance duo that met in 2015 and have since created an entire repertoire of shows in the midst of a period of national and international austerity. Their work, in turn, is stripped back and minimalist though it deals with complex ideas and emotions. Their shows lie somewhere between performance, dance and theatre but if you had to pin them down on it, they’d probably say it’s theatre. In each of their shows, they celebrate the encounter with the audience deconstructing the model of live performance. They always seek to create a sincere and intimate connection with the spectators. Their shows have a nostalgic feel of an old friendship that you didn’t know existed. Together they have performed their shows on the international stages of PuSh Festival (Canada), Festival de Otoño (Spain), Sarajevo Mess (Bosnia), Adelaide International Festival (Australia), InTeatro (Italy), Avignon Festival (France) as well as MiTsp (Brazil). In 2020, Bert and Nasi received the Forced Entertainment Award in memory of Huw Chadbourn, which celebrates the work of contemporary artists reinventing theatre and performance in new ways and for new audiences.


Forced Entertainment

Forced Entertainment is an ensemble of six artists founded in 1984 and based in Sheffield. Touring and presenting their ground-breaking provocative performances across the UK, mainland Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and further afield, the group have sustained a unique collaborative practise for almost forty years. Led by the artist and writer Tim Etchells, the Forced Entertainment company includes designer and performer Richard Lowdon alongside performers Robin Arthur, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor. The group are committed to collective practice, involving and inviting national and international artists to work with us to challenge, develop and reinvent the theatre we make Forced Entertainment’s work explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself drawing influence not just from drama but from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up. The group operate at different scales, shifting from intimate two-performer works focused on text, to spectacular productions with large numbers of people onstage. Exciting, challenging, entertaining and questioning, Forced Entertainment has influenced the ecology and experience of theatre in the UK and beyond and been key players in of the development of a truly contemporary theatre language, inspiring generations of UK and international theatre makers.

International Ibsen Award Winners 2016




This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber. This space is on the first floor, with step-free access via a lift.

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BSL Intepreted Performance: Wednesday 13 November


Pre-Show Information

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.


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We know that ticket price is a huge barrier for some, and the Pay What You Can model offers people who can afford to pay the recommended price or more the chance to support others who can’t.

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