Strange Futures are a neurodiverse-led company, based in the midlands. They have quickly developed a reputation for making original, quirky, humourous and contemporary performance, that usually revolves around an environmental question or concern.
Their critically acclaimed, and award-nominated work has multiple strands to it, including both community and educational engagement, as well as professional touring. Their work approaches topics from a sideways perspective - using their skills and expertise in clowning, absurdism, puppetry, devising, physical theatre, poetry, and new writing.
The company, consists of Co-Artistic Directors; Matt Simmonds, Will Moore and Jane George, as well as other associate artists that work on a project by project basis. They have been creating and touring grant funded contemporary theatre since 2019.
In 2019, they devised their debut show, There’s Something Missing (guest dramaturgy from Bert and Nasi) for a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to critical acclaim: “powerful physicality... thought-provoking and very well composed show” (4 star review, The Scotsman). The company has just been awarded funding from the Sir Barry Jackson Trust to tour There’s Something Missing in the West Midlands.
In autumn 2019, Strange Futures were commissioned by Beeline (children's storytelling festival) to devise The Tale of the Baba Yaga, which sold out to enthusiastic audiences.
Since then They have gone on to develop their unique style of performance,
(which they have taught and ran courses on, across UK colleges and universities)
across a number of nationally touring productions
(see productions page)
The Endling (2020 - present) **** - The Stage
The Last Restaurant (2022)
Slow Cooked Stories (2022 - Present) - Creative, Evocative - Left Lion
The Tree Rings (2023 - present)
Will and Matt previously worked as part of Shenanigans Theatre Company to develop an ACE funded touring performance, Club Paradise, presented at Prague Quadrennial 2019, followed by a short UK tour. Other performances with Shenanigans include Me, Myself and A.I, and Extro-Terrestrial at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, Bad Connections (a British Council conference commission in collaboration with University of Worcester and ACE portfolio company, C&T), and Skellig, which won a commendation for best Family Performance at NSDF 2017.