Frozen Palace (Chapter One)

Concept and Development: Forced Entertainment & Hugo Glendinning Photography: Hugo Glendinning, Assisted by Justin Westover Art Direction: Richard Lowdon

Performers: Robin Arthur, Cathy Naden, Terry O'Connor, Claire Marshall, Richard Lowdon, Tim Etchells, Mark Etchells, Tim Hall, Tony White, James White, Nicky Childs, Justin Westover, Cathy Philips Design and Digital Authoring: Bytehaus

Sound: John Avery

The research and production of Frozen Palaces was supported by: Arts Council of England Combined Arts Department Yorkshire & Humberside Arts Board
Yorkshire Media Production Agency (partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund)

Conceptual Description
A series of scenes playing in a deserted house where time has stopped still. Frozen Palaces is an exploration of how place, identity and the imagination interact; about how place might both influence and archive dreams and events. It is the creation of a fictitious history - an overwriting of a real house with photographs of strange events that have never 'really' taken place.

Forced Entertainment is an ensemble of artists based in Sheffield, UK, working together since 1984. Led by artistic director Tim Etchells Forced Entertainment is one of the UK's most renowned performance groups, whose work in theatre spaces, unusual sites and in gallery collaborations has won them a considerable reputation in the UK and beyond.

The company makes work which explores the complexities, joys and difficulties of urban life toward the end of the 20th century. Building a process and set of concerns over nearly fifteen years of collaborative practice, the group's long term committment is not to specific formal strategies, but simply to challenging and provocative art-work that asks questions and fuels dreams. They are 'fearless purveyors of the best in radical theatre and urban mythologies' (The Guardian Guide).

Hugo Glendinning is an arts photographer who has documented and collaborated with a wide range of leading performance and fine art practitioners. His editorial photography appears in many British magazines and newspapers, while his work in arts publicity includes commissions from North America and throughout Europe.