The Future Show

Deborah Pearson

You will clap.  Even those of you who were a bit bored will clap because it’s a comfortable way to signal an ending.

The Future Show plays with what is expected, what is foreseen and what is ultimately unknowable about the future.

This Sisyphean task of a show tells the story of performer Deborah Pearson’s future, starting from the end of the performance and going until the end of her life.  An existential twist on the autobiographical monologue, the script expires the moment it is spoken, and is rewritten for every performance.

“An act of quiet generosity.”  (***** Andrew Haydon for WhatsOnStage)

“Beautiful and desperately sad.”  (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)


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


Deborah is a writer, performer and producer. She founded multi award winning organization Forest Fringe in 2007, and is an Associate Artist with Volcano Productions. Innovation is central to her work, together with an interest in intimacy and narrative. Deborah is currently researching a practice based PhD at Royal Holloway focusing on the nature of narrative in contemporary performance.

Arnolfini Dark Studio
Start Date
May 21, 2014
End Date
May 22, 2014
Running Time
45 mins
Box Office Number
0117 917 2300/01
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