FREE (2014)

FREE collageA play for teenage and young adult audiences by David Lane.

Toured nationally October-November 2014

A hard-hitting story of two teenagers brought together through the dynamic discipline of free-running that explores fear, identity and learning to move on. 

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.

“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.”
Plymouth Herald

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Inspired by his on-going work with young people, David Lane’s script was developed in consultation with teenagers. We would like to thank as part of this process the Y10 students (academic year 13/14) from Langdon Park School E14, and the many Y10/11 students from across our partner secondary schools who took part in in 2013/14 Careers in Theatre programme whose input, reflections and creative work were influential in the development of FREE. FREE was David Lane’s second commission with Half Moon following Begin/End in 2010.

Cast:
Kris – Thomas Simper
Zara – Katy Daghorn

Creative Team:
Director: Chris Elwell
Designer: Verity Quinn
Lighting Designer: Fred Beaufort
Music & Sound Designer: Nick Tyson
Stage Manager: Sarah Cowan
Dialect Coach: Kay Welch
Scenic Artist: Bethan Robinson

FREE was supported by The Idlewild Trust and the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust.

 

“Taking GCSE and BTEC Drama students to see a Half Moon teenage play means that students have a reputable theatre experience delivered to them in an inimitable setting.  

 

The students always engage with the themes of the plays, their language and design which inevitably  results in the students engaging on a higher level. Watching a production which is smaller scale enables the young people to connect and relate the performance to their own work.

 

They produce fabulous evaluations for their coursework because the students have the opportunity to connect with the performers due to it being a small cast show and because they are given the opportunity to discuss the process with the actors which in turn produce a quality, comprehensive and all-embracing evaluation of the production.”

Head of Drama, George Green Secondary School, London E14