Fri 1 Jul to Sat 2 Jul

Future Cargo - Newcastle-Under-Lyme

£12 / £10 concs.

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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 Newcastle-under-Lyme 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.

'Intruiging and humorous. A deeply engaging and captivating show'
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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).

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Performances take place at High Street, Newcastle Town Centre, ST5 1PT (end of the market)


Special Effects

While there is no strobe effect deployed in the show, there are some intensely flashing lights which may still cause some distress to people with light sensitivity.

Weather Warning

Future Cargo is an outdoor performance. Audiences are asked to wear suitable clothing for the weather. In the unlikely event that a show is cancelled due to weather, audiences will be contacted by the box office and invited to re-book for a later performance.


All performances of Future Cargo offer Audio Description.


Direction & Choreography Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg
Designer Hannah Clark
Sound Design & Composition Ben & Max Ringham
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth

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

Times: 7pm & 9pm
Duration: 50 mins
Venue: on tour

Requardt & Rosenberg's Future Cargo - On Tour

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