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The Future Show

The Future Show

Deborah Pearson

Oberon Books

“Delicate, ever-changing… For a show that is nominally about the future, the piece says as much – perhaps more – about the present moment.” –Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


“A testament to Pearson’s astonishing skill as a writer.” –Andrew Haydon, Whats OnStage


“Pearson quietly but captivatingly takes us through the minutes, days, months and years ahead, dancing lightly over ideas around time, death and the constant, anxious quest for certainty in a chaotic world” –Catherine Love, Exeunt


The Future Show is a piece that tells the story of Deborah’s future, starting from the end of the performance and going until the end of her life, that is consistently re-written to be both site and time specific. It is a Sisyphean task of a show, examining the mundane, the uncertain, and the fragility of our futures.


The Future Show toured internationally for two years, with a new script written for every iteration. It has been performed in the USA, Canada, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Ireland and throughout the UK.


With an Introduction by Tim Etchells, Founder of Forced Entertainment

The Future Show was developed with a grant from Arts Council England and with support-in-kind from BAC, Amhurst Republic and MAKE in Ireland.


Deborah Pearson is a writer, performer and producer. Innovation is central to her work, as is an interest in intimacy and narrative. She makes and tours solo pieces but also works collaboratively, frequently as a dramaturg for companies including Paper Cinema and Action Hero. In 2007 she founded the multi-award-winning organization Forest Fringe, of which she is a co-director with Ira Brand and Andy Field.  Deborah is also an associate artist with Volcano Productions in Canada. She is currently researching a practice-based PhD at Royal Holloway, focusing on the nature of narrative in contemporary performance.

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