Review | Future Bodies | Home, Manchester

Review | Future Bodies | Home, Manchester


What does your body mean to you? How do we use our bodies in everyday life? How are the technological developments going to affect or impact our life? These are questions that need answering, or at least discussing – that’s what RashDash and Unlimited Theatre’s production Future Bodies try to talk about.

After speaking to Unlimited’s artistic director Jon Spooner, I was very excited to see how the collaborating companies would put some very topical situations and themes on stage engagingly and entertainingly.

Opening the show is musician Becky Wilkie, painted blue smurf-like in an alien-like getup. She accompanies the action with her sharp and rock tunes, sometimes interacting with the cast in moments of high pressure, to lighten the mood.

The piece is moved through the emotions from excitement to apprehension, reflected in directors Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen’s stage. The constant moving and pulling of plastic shutters to change location and scene. The simple and quick costume changes allow the character to move between scenes swiftly and there aren’t any pauses for changes. The never-stopping cast works wonderfully together to keep the pace up at the beginning of the show.

The second half of the piece takes a slower pace, as the apprehension and realisation of how the world is changing, quicker than some of us realise. It’s something we have to deal with now.

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.

Runs until 13 October 2018 at HOME, book tickets here | Image: Jonathan Keenan


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