Foresight at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton

Synchron Productions present Foresight, written by Andrew Barton and Amy Liette Hunter, at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, east London, from 31 May to 4 June 2016.

Co-writer Andrew Barton also directs this "theatrical thriller", which imagines a pre-internet world under surveillance.

"Set in a post-WWII, dystopian society, stripped of the layers of technology, the play examines the essence of surveillance and defends freedom of speech. It tells the story of Charlotte Foster, a journalist who discovers the blinded Phythian Vanga, who has the ability to see the future. Charlotte seeks to uncover Phythian's story and re-align her own convictions, all the while avoiding the threats inherent in an authoritarian state."

Andrew Barton said: "What I’m excited about is how people are going to react to the many layers. I feel that we’ve written a play that touches on some really critical themes, which is great, but at the bottom of it all it has to be entertaining and engaging. It’s not a comedy, so my approach to it, certainly as a director is about finding those moments of humanity, the lighter and darker aspects of humanity, that sort of draw the audience in by making them think, oh, is there a little part of me in that? Is there a little part of that in me? And then how do we defend against the darkness? What do we do to have that hope that, yes, everything will be ok?"

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