Real Magic

The three chickens on stage are like three headless Slovenias who cannot find a common language. They are trying. They are trying very hard. They are trying to the fullest and beyond, but they don’t succeed. They don’t know it yet, but this is a show made for Slovenia. This is a performance about absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. This is a show in which Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall and Jerry Killick consistently prove the excellence of their acting. The acting on stage, the acting in the minds, the acting in the world. Its real magic is to remind us of the real magic of theatre and that something is rarely what it seems. That the devil is in the detail. That simplicity is the most complicated. That being human is, at its core, extremely interesting.

Past performances

14. may 2023 / Maribor Pupper Theatre
Conceived and devised by:

Forced Entertainment


Tim Etchells


Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall

Devised and Performed by:

Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon and Claire Marshall

Created with input from:

Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden

Lighting Design:

Jim Harrison


Richard Lowdon

Music Electronics & Sound Editing:

John Avery


Tim Etchells

‘Grave’, from Telemann Fantasia Number 1 in B-Flat Major:

Aisha Orazbayeva


PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Künsterlhaus Moustonturm Frankfurt, Tanzquartier Wien Vienna, ACCA Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex and the Spalding Gray Consortium – On the Boards Seattle, PS122 NYC, Walker Art Center Minneapolis and Warhol Museum Pittsburgh


90 minutes