Future Cargo by Requardt & Rosenberg

In May 2022 we brought a a 40ft truck into Memorial Gardens as part of Crawley Borough Council and Brighton Festival’s Without Walls weekend in the Enliven: You’re Welcome season funded by Crawley Town Centre BID. Over 250 people watched the show.

You can watch a short film about what happened here:



The Place presents

Requardt & Rosenberg’s

Future Cargo

There are reports of fireballs in the area. Power surges and blackouts and electromagnetic waves. The message boards are filling up with unexplained visions of ‘gods’ and lights. A mystery shipment arrives in Crawley from an unknown location.
As the side rolls up on a 40ft haulage truck, an alien machine is revealed and a strange and unstoppable process begins. A compelling invitation to make contact evolves. Before it’s too late to walk away, the driver must consider their options…
Future Cargo is an homage to a past where alien sightings were abundant, and a future where contact seems all too possible.
This latest outdoor show by Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg combines large scale spectacle with surprising intimacy in a sci-fi dance phenomenon performed under the stars. Audiences wear headphones to connect them to the strange world inside the truck.
Created with longstanding collaborators, Hannah Clark (set and costume), Ben & Max Ringham (music and sound) and Malcolm Rippeth (lighting design).

Crawley Borough Council, Crawley Town Centre BID and Creative Crawley are pleased to host these performances and work alongside Brighton Festival to bring these amazing, bright, innovative companies to the town centre for a great day of entertainment. Click here for Brighton Festival events in Crawley.


Press about the company:

★★★★‘It’s an intriguing and, at times, humorous performance that inventively blends sound, movement and light to deliver a deeply engaging and captivating show’

‘The performers deliver a remarkable feat’

‘interesting juxtaposition between large scale and intimate, that’s both immersive and yet voyeuristic. This contradiction of scale and engagement gives the overall performance a mesmeric yet eerie feeling.’ Reviews Hub

Reviews for Previous Work

★★★★★ ‘One of the most enjoyably baffling productions I’ve seen in ages’The Guardian(DeadClub™, 2017)

★★★★★‘Magnificently sly and witty dance theatre… stunning’The Stage(DeadClub™,2017)

★★★★★‘Mindblowingly weird immersive dance theatre’ Timeout(DeadClub™, 2017)

Saturday 14th May at 8.30pm (50 mins)

Memorial Gardens, Crawley

Free to attend but booking essential. Book via The Brighton Festival website here to reserve your headphones.

Audio description is available for this performance.

Watch the trailer here

Read the visual story here: Future Cargo Visual Story.

Images by Camilla Greenwell