FREE by David Lane – reviews by teenagers



FREE imageLast Saturday, I had the pleasure of seeing a play called FREE by David Lane, performed beautifully at the Half Moon Theatre in Limehouse. As I walked into the auditorium I was taken into the night streets of London as the play began.

The plain but beautiful set, designed by designer Verity Quinn was created from recycled metal to display very simple interpretations of the city’s buildings.

The play was about two teenagers named Kris and Zara who use free-running to escape their lives, to break free from their struggles, difficulties and problems. Too scared to face their fears and tackle their pasts they keep on and running and running, turning a sport into something magical, becoming every movement, each step, and each jump. As Kris and Zara train incessantly their relationship becomes all-consuming as they push each other to the breaking point as they venture through the never ending city. FREE is a powerful play with lots of excitement and suspense. It scrutinizes all the issues that we face in society today. It is a play that sends a message to the audience with lots of moral behind it.

Director Chris Elwell has put together an amazing show with a clear focus and a cohesiveness that is both impressive and unmatched. Actors Thomas Simper (Kris) and Katy Daghorn (Zara) transform David Lane’s script into a sensational and breath-taking performance.

In addition, the lighting design of Fred Beaufort and the music and sound design of Nick Tyson enhance the show in their own ways. The impeccably placed spotlights and carefully selected music make us truly believe that it’s real and Kris and Zara are free-running through the city streets.

This play is inspirational and absolutely unmissable.

By Lasairiona O’Baroid

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On Thursday 16th October 2014, I went to watch the play ‘FREE’ at the Half Moon Theatre. I really enjoyed the play for various reasons.

Firstly, I think the music and lighting was absolutely amazing. They were both in sync, and every time there was a change in music, a change in lighting would come on the beat. I thought it was really clever to have a steady pace/rhythm to the play because it made everything all the more interesting. There were crescendos in the music which helped to build the tension and create anticipation which kept everyone in the audience at the edge of their seat and helped to stimulate us and keep us all interested.

The other reason I enjoyed the play was obviously because the actors were great, and also spoke on the beat of the music. Because you could see how the actors believed every word they were saying, I felt as if I was being transported to the world they were living in and it was easier for me to understand the play and feel a part of it. I think this play was really great and more people need to see it as it, in a way, acts as a prophecy and warning about what will happen to the world if we don’t start taking responsibility for ourselves and others, and if we don’t start facing up to our mistakes and past, the when they do eventually catch up with us it could be, potentially destructive to not only to ourselves but also to the world and people around us we care about most.

My favourite part of the play was when Zara tells Kris to jump off the 7 story building with her, the same building Sab jumped off, causing him to become paralysed. This was my favourite part as the scene was so fluent and began to gradually pick up in pace then all of a sudden the music reached a climax and Zara jumped but Kris didn’t. In the scene there was so much anticipation and there was always that question of ‘Is he going to jump?’, ‘what happens to Zara?’, and because everything happened so quickly, it was hard to wrap your head around what had just happened when everything slowed down so when you finally realise that Kris didn’t jump, the realisation starts to sink in that Kris just can’t seem to let go of what happens, and in fact, like Zara says, it is his fault that Sab became paralysed.

The play touches on issues that we in society are facing today and shows us how we can deal with them, and get past them, and once we do, we would feel all the more better about ourselves and just in general we would feel ‘FREE’. 

By Almitra Simpson