‘The Future Show’ was originally written and performed by theatre-maker and playwright Deborah Pearson. She took the audience through her own imagined future from the minutes after the performance ended to her eventual death decades ahead. The Future Show was originally premiered in London at Battersea Arts Centre and went on to tour the Edinburgh Festival and venues and festivals across the world.
In 2015, Pearson published the score to The Future Show, making the structure and process of making a new version open to all.
12 Coventry-based young writers have been given the opportunity to write a 1 hour version of the Future Show – each taking a particular moment in time in the future – from the minutes still in lockdown, leaping decades ahead in their own futures.
Each of the writers have recorded their own ‘chapter’. These have been edited together to create a 1 hour version which advances into the future: from Snya Riaz who narrates what will happen to her in the minutes after she finishes listening to the final chapter to Chrissie Okorie who imagines her final moments on this earth.
Snya Riaz – from the beginning of the recording Snya examines the many different ways she will connect with the outside world, through the comfort of her room.
Nadira Sultana – Nadira boldly addresses the audiences directly by delving into the many different futures they will lead, all connected through listening to the podcast.
Angela Mhlanga – from taking the bins out to making a cup of tea, Angela analyses the mundane moments if of everyday life with an invasive detail and description.
Riya Parshad – Riya starts by taking the listeners on a step by step journey of a trip outside the home, focusing on the repetition of the commute, thoughts and behaviour.
Esther Adesanoye – Esther starts off by creating a vivid picture of the day after the recording, using rainy weather and the warmth of home to portray comfort and unease in both settings.
Malizah – Malizah’s future begins with light-hearted dialogue with housemates accompanied by music, dancing and laughter, soon the conversation begins to unveil deeper and more serious emotions as they speak on the impacts of lockdown and home life.
Mafalda Nunes – Mafalda bounces through the calendar using specific dates to determine how life progresses financially, emotionally and mentally.
Sam Colby - in the darkness of his room Sam is acutely aware of his solitude and the surrounding silence, Sam’s future-self listens out for suspicious noises and fears the presence of an intruder.
Awandiswe Mkwananzi –Awandiswe explores life a year on from now and speaks on the continuing plight of an unjust society.
Lanaire Aderemi – in Lanaire’s rendition of the future Twitter has been taken over by an elite few creating a dystopian online world that enforces control on society online and offline.
Lewis Goode – Lewis shares a personal story about life, death and family, Lewis predicts an enlightening moment that results in a powerful change in perspective.
Chrissie Okorie – Chrissie gives many examples of how the future will be very similar to the past ultimately to consider how the world will continue as normal after her own death and the listener’s death.
Original score and writer
A collaboration with Deborah Pearson, Andy Smith and Ira Brand. Produced by Titilola Dawudu and Claire Doherty.
The Future Show 2020 is a collaboration between Situations Studio and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 - produced remotely in lockdown.