Forced Entertainment’s first theatre work for middle-scale stages is best described as a kind of disastrous vaudeville. In it, eight performers stand before the audience in a line of dazzling smiles, dead eyes, sequined lycra, tottering heels and loud check suits. First Night begins with a grand welcome, but soon disintegrates into dark predictions of the future, psychotic escapology acts, unexpected dances and unhinged showbiz anecdotes.
Medium quality multi-camera performance documentation recorded at The Place, London, December 2001, 120 mins. approx.