Forced Entertainment: The Notebook

Forced Entertainment: The Notebook


Based on the award winning novel by Ágota Kristóf and set during WW2, The Notebook tells the story of a pair of twin brothers evacuated to their impoverished grandmother’s farm in order to shelter from the conflict. These unnamed children are social outsiders, mavericks who survive and understand the world by a harsh private code. As the war deepens, the brothers are slowly revealed as struggling moralists, trying to live by consistent principles in a Central Europe crumbling into cruelty and opportunism.

Directed by Tim Etchells, The Notebook is an unraveling knot of naïve logic, weaving dark and subversive humour from wartime hardships. Forced Entertainment performers Richard Lowdon and Robin Arthur stand side by side to tell their story in an unsettling and uncanny double act that traps two people in a single voice and a shared perspective. Kristóf’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a unique and compelling performance.

Presented as part of Festival of Questions [2.2.16-20.2.16]

Co-produced by PACT Zollverein (Essen); LIFT (London) and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. A House on Fire co-commission with HAU Hebbel um Ufer (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Teatro Naria Matos (Lisbon), LIFT and Malta Festival Poznan with the support fo the Culture Programme of the European Union. Development work generously supported by Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA).


This performance is held at The Dukes, Lancaster. 

If you require a ticket please contact The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or book direct via their web-site.

Please note all Under 26 Supporter tickets have now been allocated.