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Ghosts of the Near Future

emma + pj

Two people lie on the floor in a dark room. They lie against a mound, which has bright lines coming out of it. They are lit with a purple light.

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this is an apocalyptic fever dream about extinction with music, storytelling, and live micro-cinema.

Ghosts of the Near Future is a road trip through a vanishing landscape, a haunting collage of miracles and misdirection. The end of the world is a magic trick — are you watching closely?

Combining visual theatre and campfire storytelling, this is a genre-bending journey into a disappearing America. Part warning for the future, part elegy for what we’ve yet to lose.

emma + pj is a UK-based performance duo working at the intersection of theatre, installation, and live art. Their recent work explores humanity in extreme landscapes, creating cinematic, otherworldly environments that invite us to reimagine our place in the world. Ghosts of the Near Future was developed as part of the Barbican Open Lab programme.

Running time: 75 minutes, no interval 

Age guidance: 12+ (stylised violence and infrequent strong language) 

BSL-interpreted and relaxed performance
Sat 28 Oct, 7.45pm 
BSL-interpreted by Grace Buckle

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Presented by the Barbican.

Supported by New Diorama Theatre, Arts Council England, City of London Communities and Infrastructure Fund, The Romilly Walton Masters Award, and The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund.

Image credit: Jemima Yong


‘Combatting fear and dread with good old razzle dazzle and enormous heart‘
‘Experimental and ambitious‘


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