Fledgling company Synchron Productions presents a theatrical thriller that imagines a pre-internet world under surveillance.
The Government wants to pass the Investigatory Powers Bill into law by the end of 2016. Today, we are preparing for a world that is going to be very different. Technology has already changed a great many things and at a rocketing pace and the current draft has been left wide open to interpretation so that it can cover new technologies as they adapt. We can only hope that the Government have the best of intentions. They want to protect the country and its citizens, however the Big Brother approach can only work if we citizens are able to trust – and willing to relinquish our influence over – those in power.
Foresight explores what happens to a world where those powers and good intentions are taken too far.
Set in a post-WWII, dystopian society, stripped of the layers of technology, the play examines the essence of surveillance and defends freedom of speech. It tells the story of Charlotte Foster, a journalist who discovers the blinded Phythian Vanga, who has the ability to see the future. Charlotte seeks to uncover Phythian’s story and re-align her own convictions, all the while avoiding the threats inherent in an authoritarian state.
No internet, no cameras and yet every move is pre-empted; no quarter for hatred, violence or crime yet fear is master and no one trusts their neighbour. A journalist meets a blind man. Both are cogs in the machine of a state whose good intentions have gone sour. His story has waited 30 years to be told: blinded by the state to survey the future, the man that sees nothing is the man that sees all.
Foresight is a thriller. Theatrical, literary and filmic, it deals in the present, past and future to investigate freedom, fear and accountability. It is Synchron Productions’s third play and has been written by co-Artistic Directors Andrew Barton and Amy Liette Hunter.
“The inevitable difference between the generations and their understanding of the world is sufficiently amusing, but what was more striking to me was quite how similar humanity is irrespective of societal specifics … I really don’t care much for science fiction, personally, which makes the fact that this show held my attention throughout all the more remarkable … This is a good opportunity to check out where the future of British playwriting is going. It looks very promising.” — Chris Omaweng from LondonTheatre1.com, Review of Synchron Productions’s debut show ChroniCargo
“What I’m excited about is how people are going to react to the many layers. I feel that we’ve written a play that touches on some really critical themes, which is great, but at the bottom of it all it has to be entertaining and engaging. It’s not a comedy, so my approach to it, certainly as a director is about finding those moments of humanity, the lighter and darker aspects of humanity, that sort of draw the audience in by making them think, oh, is there a little part of me in that? Is there a little part of that in me? And then how do we defend against the darkness? What do we do to have that hope that, yes, everything will be ok?” — Director Andrew Barton
“Recurring at the same successive instants of time…two sets of vibrations”
Founded in October 2015 by East 15 graduates Amy Liette Hunter and Andrew Barton, Synchron Productions creates theatre and film through a combination of writing and devising. Ignited by a desire for self-sufficiency and fuelled by collaboration, the company explores the light and shade of humanity with an emphasis on storytelling.
Foresight is Synchron Productions’ third play. Their debut ChroniCargo was performed as part of the New Moon Festival at the White Bear Theatre in Nov 2015. Following that, they produced Den Preis Zahlen (Towngate Theatre, Basildon) which was commissioned by Basildon Town Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.
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Presented by Synchron Productions
Directed by Andrew Barton
Written by Andrew Barton and Amy Liette Hunter