London Futurists judge #iPredict video contest, new prizes

London Futurists judge #iPredict video contest, new prizes

11 September 2015

The London Futurists Forum have come on board to help us judge submissions in our #iPredict video challenge, in which we're asking you to share your predictions for the future. We've also increased the prize pot - Zoom recording equipment and a VIP theatre trip for two (including travel, hotel, dinner and backstage tour) are now up for grabs. Plus Brave New World director James Dacre shows you how it's done...

As reviews continue to roll in for Brave New World, Dawn King’s world premiere adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian masterpiece, we're challenging the public to make their own future predictions… with a chance to win big prizes for those who take part.

Writing in 1931, Huxley set his classic novel in London in 2540. And yet in 2015, many of the social and technological developments he predicted – including IVF, anti-depressants, globalisation and mass consumption – have already come to pass.


Do you know what the future holds?

What next? Theatre Cloud has teamed up with show producers at the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and the London Futurists on a video diary project aimed at generating public debate about the future.   

For the #iPredict competition, participants are asked to film their answers to the following questions:

“What do you think the future holds, for the UK and
the rest of the world, in 5, 15 or 50 years, let alone 500 years?
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about what’s to come?”

All #iPredict entrants will receive a special discount code to see Brave New World at their local theatre for just £10. In addition to this and souvenirs for runners-up, the maker of the Most Compelling video – as decided by a London Futurists judging panel led by chair David Wood – will win a new (essential vlogging tool) Zoom H2n Audio Recorder, which they’ll be able to collect on their VIP trip for two to attend Brave New World’s last night at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford on 5 December.

London Futurists chair David Wood commented:

"Touring Consortium Theatre Company's gripping production of Brave New World is a timely stimulus for a fresh new conversation about near-future possibilities. The #iPredict contest challenges all of us to reflect on hidden opportunities and risks that may lie ahead, making it less likely that we'll collectively sleepwalk into a future that we realise, too late, that we dislike. I look forward to reviewing the compelling, thought-provoking videos that I'm sure contestants will be uploading."

Jenny King, producer of Brave New World, commented: “Join in the debate and have fun sharing your dreams and fears…. Maybe together we can create our own better brave new world?"


A word from the director


To inspire you, we posed the question to Brave New World director James Dacre, who is also artistic director at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where the production premieres this week. Dacre's prediction is music to our theatre-loving ears: 

"I predict, however much the environment changes around us, that people will still congregate to enjoy the live experience of theatre..."

Watch James' full prediction. Do you agree?




Brave New World premieres at Royal and Derngate, Northampton, where it runs from 4 to 26 September 2015. It then tours to Edinburgh, Blackpool, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Bradford where it concludes on 5 December.