About Future Cargo

4 Stars

Intriguing & humorous. A deeply engaging and captivating show.

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There are reports of fireballs in the area. Power surges and blackouts and electromagnetic waves. The message boards are filling up with unexplained visions of ‘gods’ and lights. A mystery shipment arrives in Coal Drops Yard from an unknown location.

As the side rolls up on a 40ft haulage truck, an alien machine is revealed and a strange and unstoppable process begins. A compelling invitation to make contact evolves. Before it’s too late to walk away, the driver must consider their options...

Future Cargo is an homage to a past where alien sightings were abundant, and a future where contact seems all too possible.

This latest outdoor show by Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg combines large-scale spectacle with surprising intimacy in a sci-fi dance phenomenon performed under the stars. Audiences wear headphones to connect them to the strange world inside the truck.

Created with longstanding collaborators, Hannah Clark (set and costume), Ben & Max Ringham (music and sound) and Malcolm Rippeth (lighting design).

Future CargoOfficial Trailer

Audio Description

Audio description is available for all performances of Future Cargo. Listen to the audio track below to learn more about the performance.

Cast and Creatives

Cast: Ruben Brown, Anders Duckworth, Makiko Aoyama, Valentina Formenti, Alex Henderson, Beatriz Calzado
Original Cast: Jordan Ajadi, Makiko Aoyama, Ruben Brown, Anders Duckworth, Valentina Formenti

Direction & Choreography: Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg
Designer: Hannah Clark
Sound Design & Composition:
Ben & Max Ringham
Lighting Designer:
Malcolm Rippeth
Rehearsal Director: Valentina Formenti
Musician: Jack Baker
Production Management:
The Production Family
Technical Stage Manager:
Rachel Bowen
Assistant Stage Manager:
Hannah Clare
Costume Supervisors:
Laura Rushton & Lisa Aitken
Audio Describer:
Willie Elliott

Production Photographer: Camilla Greenwell, Henry Curtis & Hello Content
Trailer Footage:
Hello Content, Big Noise Films & The Place
Trailer Editing:
Grace Nicol

Built by The Production Family:
with Elouise Farley, Peter Arnold, Remi Bumstead, Anna Snow & Matteo Guarino

For The Production Family:
Production Manager:
Ian Moore
Deputy Production Manager:
Scott Handley, Dominic Baker & Zak McClelland
Production Sound Engineer:
Tom Hackley
Lighting Programmer:
Tom Mulliner
Production Electrician:
Laurence Russell

Future Cargo is produced by The Place. Future Cargo is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts. Future Cargo is co-commissioned by The Place, Festival.org and DanceEast via Stomping Ground, Southampton City Council as part of Mayflower 400, Pavillion Dance South West. Creation supported by 101 Creation Space and Royal Docks. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The R&D for Future Cargo was supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund.

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