In a series of letters composed to each other and delivered to camera, artist Tim Etchells and writer Adrian Heathfield examine what underlies their shared interest in the notion and forms of Variety. In this eclectic and evocative exchange their dialogue ranges through sources as diverse as memories of childhood, Saturday night TV of the 1970s and 1980s, Bruce Forsythe, Morecambe and Wise, Laurence Olivier in John Osborne’s The Entertainer, Tommy Cooper, cabaret performance, found photography and the performance works of Forced Entertainment. Turning over each other’s thoughts on Variety they come to examine the nature of entertainment, laughter, mortality, exoticism and the tireless re-cycling of forms.
Live Art Development Agency in collaboration with Forced Entertainment, 2006, DVD-PAL, 73 minutes.
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