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We Are The Ghosts Of The Future: Theatre Review

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A visit with vanished Sydney
Inspired by a collection of police forensic photographs from 1912 to 1948 (City of Shadows), We Are The Ghosts of the Future is an intimate, raw and sometimes confronting performance of individual stories about old Sydney town.

Performed in an atmospheric sandstone warehouse in the heart of The Rocks, you'll become immersed in the performance as you listen to the stories of a colourful group of lodgers, including a war bride, a backroom abortionist, a child who idolises Kingsford-Smith and other inhabitants of pre-war Sydney. The historic building which has been transformed into a 1930's boarding house provides a perfect setting, arousing an immediate intimacy between the characters and audience.

The stories represent a snapshot in time - a day in November, 1935 – the same day aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith was pronounced missing when his plane vanished flying from London to Sydney. The loss of this hero is intertwined with the lodgers' own losses, loves and secrets.

Whilst these people's lives may now be forgotten, it is a reminder of the faint footprint left behind through records of times past. It begs the question of what stories, in this digital age where our footprint is indelibly recorded, will be told about us.

With a strong and engaging cast, We Are The Ghosts Of The Future also features Leofric Kingsford-Smith, the grandnephew of Kingsford-Smith. A seasoned theatre and television performer, Kingsford-Smith boasts credentials from London's West End to the Sydney Opera House.

We Are The Ghosts Of The Future opened on 13th November 2015, exactly 80 years since Charles Kingsford-Smith was declared missing.

Tickets for this unique production can be purchased at the door but to ensure you don't miss out as numbers are limited, purchase yours from Eventbrite online.

Lending their support to the production is The Rocks Pop-Up, an initiative of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority that finds creative uses for temporarily vacant buildings. And there can be no better use for this beautiful, historic building than to tell stories from Sydney's rich, and sometimes dark, past.

Cast: Ali Aitken, Darcy Brown, Emily Eskell, Alicia Gonzalez, Sam Green, Flynn Henry, Robbie King, Leofric Kingsford-Smith, Michael McStay, Celine Oudin, Cody Ross, Elini Schumacher, Eliza Scott, Donna Sizer and Pierce Wilcox.

Director Harriet Gillies; Production Designer Hugh O'Connor; Sound Designer Alex Berlage; Creative Production & Stage Managers: Jadzea Allen, Samuel Lucas Allen; Musician Laurence Rosier-Staines.

Writers – 7-ON: Donna Abela, Vanessa Bates, Hilary Bell, Noëlle Janaczewska, Verity Laughton, Ned Manning, Catherine Zimdahl.

Producer – Stephen Carnell.

What: We Are The Ghosts Of The Future
When: 6.30pm on 13, 14, 17 to 21, and 24 to 28 November. 8pm on 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 November.
Where: The Rocks Discovery Museum, 4-8 Kendall Lane, The Rocks.
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Why? Because we are the ghosts of the future
When: 6.30pm on 13, 14, 17 to 21, and 24 to 28 November. 8pm on 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 November
Where: The Rocks Discovery Museum, 4-8 Kendall Lane, The Rocks
Cost: See website for prices
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