Set in 1816, 1936 and 2007, DECLINING THE FUTURE examines the psychology behind and the consequences of denial. The story in each century is self-contained, but linked by the inability or unwillingness of specific characters to heed the warning of others and face up to what is coming. There is a sense of advancing apocalypse as the denials involve increasingly ominous stakes.
Four actors play different characters in the three different times zones. The first, a manufacturer refuses to see the remedy for his ailing business, the second – a Jewish wife of a famous German surgeon believes herself safe from the Nazis and the last, varying attitudes towards global warming are explored in the aftermath of the 2007 floods.