Ghosts of the Near Future

Barbican Centre. From 26 October.


This is a disappearing act.

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.

Supported by New Diorama Theatre, Arts Council England, City of London Community Infrastructure Levy & Neighbourhood Fund, The Romilly Walton Masters Award, and The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund. Presented by The Barbican.

Quotes & Reviews


★★★★ ‘Combatting fear and dread with good old razzle and dazzle and enormous heart.’
The Scotsman

★★★★ ‘Experimental and ambitious’
The Stage

The Company

About emma + pj

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.

They were Barbican Open Lab resident artists for 2021/22 and Play Artists in Residence at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre for autumn 2022. / @emmaandpj

Creative Team

Lead Artists: Emma Clark & PJ Stanley
Scenographer: Georgie Hook
Sound Designer: Patch Middleton
Lighting Designer: Alex Fernandes

Autumn 2023 Tour

19th October: The ShowRoom, Chichester, UK (Book Tickets)

3rd November: Bedales Events, Petersfield, UK (Book Tickets)

17th November: Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham, UK (Book Tickets)

28th November: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, UK (Book Tickets)

1st December: Capital Theatres, Edinburgh, UK (Book Tickets)

Cast & Creatives



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