What does it mean to have and to be a body? As we increasingly fuse our biological brains with technology, at what point do we stop being human? Does it even matter?
Friday 28 September – Saturday 13 October – HOME MCR
Together with two of the UK’s most innovative and inspiring theatre companies – Unlimited Theatre and RashDash – HOME’s World Premiere of Future Bodies immerses itself fully into these and other such probing questions, smashing together science fact and fiction, to create a thrilling theatrical exploration of the impact of science on human development.
This visceral and playful production – creatively captioned throughout to allow for full accessibility – fuses spoken word, live original music and movement through a series of humorous and thought-provoking vignettes to delve deep beneath the skin, peel back the layers, and shed a spotlight on consciousness, cutting-edge technology and its very real implications.
Future Bodies imagines a future where anything is possible when it comes to biological enhancement. It also marks the first production HOME has developed specifically for its intimate 150-seat Theatre 2 space.
A fully collaborative production – Future Bodies was born in 2015 when Unlimited’s Artistic Director Jon Spooner was commissioned by the Science Museum to make an interactive performance installation about human enhancement technologies with RashDash’s Abbi Greenland as the main performer.
Future Bodies brings together other leading artists and UK-based scientists and researchers in the fields of brain implants, smart drugs, and biotechnologies to tell these stories, share ideas, and ultimately question the brain’s relationship to the body.
Playing numerous humans and occasionally body parts are a multi-talented and diverse cast of six. They are Manchester actress Yusra Warsama, Becky Wilkie, Alison Halstead, Lara Steward, Kate Maravan, and Deshaye Gayle.
Future Bodies runs at HOME Friday 28 September – Saturday 13 October 2018, and then tours to Northern Stage, Newcastle (Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 October), and the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield (Friday 19 October).
Future Bodies is supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust, and is also a trailblazer event for the 2018 Manchester Science Festival (Thursday 18 – Sunday 28 Oct 2018).
HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
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