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Unlimited Theatre & Upswing

Ancient Futures


Please note: Capacity for this event is limited. This is a ticketed event, pre-booking is required

A headline festival experience

Blending contemporary circus and storytelling with Sound System culture and West African folklore.

Ancient Futures is an Afrofuturism inspired outdoor spectacular that blends contemporary circus and storytelling with Sound System culture and West African folklore.

This headline festival experience fuses dance, circus, parkour, music and storytelling with design inspired by West African masquerade and Afrofuturism.

Conceived and directed by Vicki Dela Amedume (Upswing) and J Spooner (Unlimited) with new music by grime artist Afrikan Boy, Ancient Futures is a durational event for festivals that fuses dance, circus, parkour, music and storytelling.

"...the best thing I have seen in the Brighton Festival... Stunning! Spectacular! Spellbinding!"

Audience member

"Utterly fantastic - I wanted to dance too!"

Audience member


Do children under 2 need a ticket?
Children under 24 months (babe in arms) do not require a ticket and can attend this event for free. Please note that this performance uses amplification, so you may wish to bring headphones.

Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are most welcome at Hat Fair but must be kept on the lead at all times. Please note that this performance uses amplification.

Will there be seating?
There is limited, unreserved seating available on a first come, first served basis. Gates open 30 minutes before the performance start time. There is an accessible seating area for anyone with additional access needs. Please contact the Box Office on 01962 840 400 if you have any additional needs or if you have any queries.

Is the venue accessible?
Yes, for venue specific access information visit

For those with additional access needs there will be an accessible viewing area at the front of each stage area.
Access tickets can be purchased via the Box Office on 01962 840 440, Additional essential companion tickets can be also purchased at 50% discount. If you have any queries regarding access please contact or call 01962 840 440.

Is there any cover/shelter?
No. This show is staged fully outdoors with no cover. Please dress for the weather.

What happens if the performance gets cancelled?
Should the performance get cancelled you will be entitled to a full refund.

Terms and Conditions

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • We reserve the right to refuse admission and to require any ticket holder to leave if requested
  • Our full terms and conditions can be found at

Ancient Futures is co-produced by Unlimited Theatre and Upswing. Ancient Futures has been supported by Without Walls and commissioned by LEEDS 2023; Greenwich and Docklands International Festival; Brighton Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Ancient Futures has also been supported by Coventry City Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust. Co-commissioned by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council for BD:Festival. Creation supported by 101 Outdoor Arts.

The R&D for Ancient Futures was supported by a Blueprint R&D Investment Fund

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