Teenagers Kris and Zara share a city but can’t find a place to rest. Haunting memories mix with an uncomfortable present as they keep on running, unable to face the consequences of their pasts – unable to stop or think for even a moment.
When the practice of free-running starts to cage them in, Kris and Zara form an obsessive relationship with one another, their city and the sport they know is pushing them to the limits of what is safe. Twisting together the real and the imagined, FREE asked what we’re running away from and if we’re ever willing to stop and confront what we’ve left behind.
FREE was supported by The Idlewild Trust and the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and toured nationally.
You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.
Thomas Simper is an actor who performed in FREE. Here he talks about the development the play and how it was received by audiences. Interviewed by Elsa Loker.
Writer, David Lane has worked with Half Moon Theatre at White Horse Road since the mid-2000s. He talks about how the company supports his creative journey and how he began to develop more poetic writing for his second commission, FREE, a play about free running, which wouldn’t have any free running shown on stage. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.
FREE – Interview with the cast, Tom Simper and Katy Daghorn
FREE – Interview with designer, Verity Quinn
FREE – Interview with wrtier, David Lane
FREE – Interview with composer, Nick Tyson
FREE – Audience Response
FREE – Marketing Trailer
FREE – Extended Marketing Trailer
“Both actors turn in excellent performances…In its 60 minutes nothing is wasted. Lane’s sharp ear for dialogue and director Chris Elwell’s sense of pace ensures not a moment drags as his two characters help find each other. We are all running for or from something. Half Moon Theatre Company’s excellent production of Free questions if we are ever going to stop and confront what that something is.”