The technology of the future is being developed, in part, by very intelligent and/or very well-funded people who believe that death is just a technical glitch and immortality is genuinely possible.
The human being is being upgraded. This is terrifying and exciting and it’s coming – whether we like it or not.
Two of the UK’s most thoughtful, inspiring and consistently brilliant theatre companies come together to imagine the implications of real world, leading edge developments in human enhancement technologies. Working with leading scientists and researchers in the fields of brain implants, smart drugs, and artificial intelligence, Unlimited Theatre and RashDash smash together science fact and fiction in a kaleidoscopic montage of words, music and movement.
The future is coming. Stop being normal.
“The production is impressively slick for the amount of detail applied to every element, from the text and the movement to the design, music, lighting and sound… An impressive and often entertaining collision of performance styles… Every moment appears to have been carefully planned, performed with absolute conviction by the whole cast.” – British Theatre Guide
★★★★ “Demanding and utterly enthralling… A thought-provoking and highly entertaining play that is (almost) future perfect.” – The Reviews Hub
★★★★½ “Alarming and unsettling… If you can accept it as a brash and arrogant trouble-maker that’s trying to start a fight with your ego and challenge your very existence, it’s really rather good.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer
★★★★ “A very impressive, profound piece of performance… Becky Wilkie stands at the side of the stage, dressed as a pregnant blue alien (of course), to provide a brilliantly surreal soundtrack… The sound is dirty, other-worldly; the lyrics witty and catchy.” – Upstaged Manchester
“Almost always pretty engrossing.” – Manchester Theatre Awards
“The ensemble’s commitment to the production’s message cannot be doubted, and each of them brings their unique talents to a fantastic collaborative effort… Provides a Foucauldian analysis of power and phenomenological commentary on the evolution of humanity whilst also being funny and emotionally engaging – an impressive feat.” – Mancunian Matters
★★★★ “An inclusive and fully immersive theatrical experience… My brain is still whirring with questions after watching this performance.” – The Play’s The Thing
“Anambitious production… When it works it really hits the spot… You’ll take away enough questions from this to keep you debating late into the night.” – Joni the Journalix
“Works well in HOME’s intimate Studio theatre and epitomises the ‘artful without the art’ aesthetic that Manchester’s theatre scene is so particularly good at… The staging is striking, colourful and interactive.” – Touchpaper
“A theatrical work of such intelligence and life-force… Each of these theatre companies are at the top of their game.” – Reviewer Number 9
★★★★ “By the end you have been left remorselessly drained… Instead of reflecting on what has just occurred, you ponder on the future, of what could be!” – Caught in the Act
“A feast for the eyes and the ears… Feels like a truly sensory mind f***.” – Live Art Alive
“Makes dynamic entertainment out of new technology and age-old questions about what makes us human and individual people.” – Weekend Notes
“Future Bodies is an attack on the senses… It is comic, yet with a deep sense of sadness… Carefully crafted chaos… Future Bodies is wild, it’s weird and it’s colourfully challenging.” – Harpy
“The production and physical theatre elements of the show were very engaging and entertaining and allowed a topic that might be quite hard to swallow one that you could understand and enjoy… Funny, entertaining and topical – a piece of theatre that makes you think and laugh at the same time… Perfect.” – Jess’ Random World
“Big on ideas and talent… The gorgeous music of Becky Wilkie [really] brings the performances to life.” – Vada magazine
“I try to go in with a completely open mind as that seems to be the best way to approach it, and I advise that anyone thinking of attending does the same… It provokes and is thought-provoking. Everyone should see it.” – The F Word
“Future Bodies explores the ideas that are no so very ahead of our time… And it’s these glimpses into our possible future that are brilliant.” – Gin Fuelled BlueStocking
Supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust
Future Bodies is part of Manchester Science Festival (Thu 18 – Sun 28 Oct 2018). Play with science, create something amazing and discover art, workshops, performances and big experience at England’s largest science festival. For all ages, across Greater Manchester. For more information visit the Manchester Science Festival website.
After the performance on Thu 4 Oct you will have the opportunity to meet and chat to scientists and academics from the University of Manchester’s Nanomedicine Lab about the show’s issues and themes. This informal post-show discussion will take place in the first floor cafe bar.