The State We’re In : Electric Dreams

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5 May 2015 to 9 May 2014 at 7.30pm

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Part of The State We're In : three weeks of political work leading up to the General Election

Presented by Dumbshow

Electric Dreams is the new show, initially developed at CPT, by critically acclaimed company Dumbshow, inspired by Naomi Klein’s incendiary book The Shock Doctrine.

Rose can’t remember the first 18 years of her life. Something happened to her, but what? 

Seeking to unravel this mystery, she turns investigator, piecing together an explanation from fragmented memories, documents and dreams, aided by a group of librarians in a soon-to-be-closed library. They quickly find themselves on a journey spanning 1950’s mind-control experiments, the Iraq war and the current destruction of the welfare state. But does Rose’s past contain a warning for their future?

“A bric-a-brac masterpiece… real emotional heart… an imaginative joy to behold” ★★★★ – The Scotsman on Dumbshow's The Pearl

Dumbshow will be hosting a post-show discussion on Wed 6 May – the night before the General Election.

As we watch the erosion of our welfare state, we're asking : why is this happening? Is it what people want; have we actively chosen this path? Are we in a state of shock; do we believe the financial crisis necessitates the current changes? Have we been told that we're in a crisis so many times that we've come to believe if? Or are we in a state of resignation, failing to believe that another choice exists? Join the cast and a panel of experts for a discussion straight after the show on Wednesday 6 May. Speakers include Ryan Shorthouse (Director of liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue) and Matthew Watson (Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick).

About the company

Dumbshow is a critically acclaimed theatre company which makes visually arresting and textually rich storytelling theatre. We tell important stories that fire our imaginations; our work celebrates the live experience and explores big, evocative ideas. 

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