If you could time travel 50 years into the future and walk into a pub, what would you like to see? Robot bar staff? Or instant nostalgia?
Future Pub is a new live performance that debates and celebrates the power and potential of community whilst gathering a deeper understanding of what the pub of the future will look like. Conjuring the social territories, atmospheres and comfortingly familiar eccentricities of traditional local pubs, the show incorporates film, archive material, live music, games and of course a time machine to transport audiences to the pub of the future!
Drawing on interviews with brewers, publicans, communities and pub campaigners, Future Pub explores the enduring role of pubs in our communities and lives at a time when nearly a quarter of pubs in the UK have closed since 2008, and the future of many more now hangs in the balance.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may win a prize but you’ll certainly never take pubs for granted again!
Currently in development in Cornwall, Future Pub is funded by Arts Council England, FEAST and Penryn Town Council.