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?
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.
I caught up with Unlimited’s Artistic Director Jon Spooner about the production, and what it means to be human.
It is kind of extraordinary that this stuff is really being developed right now.
Over the last two years, Jon and the creative teams from Unlimited and RashDash have been working together to try and find a possible answer for the many questions for the highly technological developed world we live in, and what the future could be like for humans.
“The shows have understood a lot of the research that’s happening,” Jon explains. “Working with a lot of scientists and turning that into a lot of stories about what the applications are and what the implications of those applications are like.”
“It’s not a lecture – it’s a lot of stories about the real world and human implications for the new technologies that have been arriving. It’s also trying to imagine what they might mean in the future.”
The company have made the production fully accessible to all by creatively captioning the show throughout and one of the actors speaking in sign language adds to the fact that brain can be used in so many ways to be communicated with.
Fusing spoken word, live original music and movement, the actors create a series of humorous and thought-provoking scenes on stage to make the audience stop and think about the questions being or not being asked.
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).