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Broken Hearts 2035: A post-pandemic romance

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Two old high school sweethearts cross paths in the year 2035 - will love bring them together, or tear them apart?

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It’s 2035 AD, and the world looks very different from the way it did in 2020. After Ryan and Rachel bump into each other during a protest march, a decade and a half after their last kiss, they face extraordinary obstacles as time and fate march them towards their hopeful happy-ever-after.

Join us to navigate the strangeness of 2035, and explore the consequences of the choices we’re making today in the world of tomorrow.

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Broken Hearts 2035 is a high-speed exploration of post-Covid future scenarios. In this online performance, Jordan Prosser and David Finnigan examine some of the possible futures that lie ahead of us as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Will the future be informed by high-tech surveillance or rigorous privacy rights? Will it be a world where the Green New Deal is a mere pipe dream, or where climate action is enforced at gunpoint? Will we live in a globalised society or a world of separated nation-states?

And most importantly of all: will it be a world where love between two attractive almost-strangers can still blossom?

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Broken Hearts 2035 is Blade Runner meets The Notebook. Minority Report mixed with Notting Hill. When Harry Met Sally in Children of Men. Part interactive introduction to future scenarios, and part dazzling Hollywood sci-fi romance.

Following each show, we'll be speaking with a different futures researcher, to talk more broadly about the practice of futuring and creating scenarios.

On Wednesday 26th, we'll be joined by Kristin Alford, futurist and director of the Museum of Discovery in South Australia.

On Thursday 27th, we'll be speaking with Louise Armstrong from Forum for the Future's Systems Innovation Lab.

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6.30 - 7.30pm AEST Wednesday 26 August

1.00 - 2.00pm BST Thursday 27 August

(As you can see, we’re doing one show for Australian audiences after work, and a lunchtime show for British audiences the following day. Find the timezone that suits you best!)

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