Winner of a Spirit of the Fringe Award and shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, Freeman is inspired by the first man in America to plead Insanity as his defence and sees writer Camilla Whitehill (Where Do Little Birds Go?) and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism.

    Throughout time and across waters, from William Freeman to Sarah Reed, six true stories are threaded together and told through physical theatre, spoken word, gospel singing, shadow puppetry and more.

    Strictly Arts is a young, black-led theatre company devising thought-provoking and unique work. It shares stories from black culture and history using physical theatre to create a greater connection between the audience and the subject matter.

    Strictly Arts’s objectives are to make its work accessible to audiences around the world, telling stories to inspire forgotten communities. They have a passion for audience engagement and make it their duty to give a voice to those communities through live performance.

    A Younger Theatre, New Diorama Theatre, HOME Manchester and Tobacco Factory Theatres join forces for the first time to bring you INCOMING Festival 2019. One week, three cities, 15 different shows. A showcase of the very best emerging theatre companies from across the country. An unmissable festival for audiences and aspiring theatre makers alike, with tickets just £5. Alongside the curated festival of inspiring performances, there is a programme of workshops and events from leading industry figures and all affordable or free.


    13+ (contains strong language and scenes of a violent nature)

    • *****

      "Freeman is a revelation, a piece of stunning physical theatre"

      The Guardian
    • ****

      "Outstanding artistic courage"

      Broadway Baby
    • *****

      "a production of sheer class and talent"

      The Wee Review

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