Catch Freeman when play visits Nottingham

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The show Freeman is to drop in at Nottingham Playhouse in September, as part of the UK tour that follows a stay at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Strictly Arts will make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with this collaboration with award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, after becoming the recipient of the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund through the Pleasance.

It can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse on September 13-14.

Strictly Arts are the first black-led company, and the first company from the West Midlands, to receive the special reserve fund.

Inspired by the first American to plead insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism.

Throughout time and across waters, the play threads together the stories of Freeman, David Oluwale, Sarah Reed, Sandra Bland, Daniel M’naghten and Michael Bailey to show how these three factors combine in the US and here in the UK. The controversial lives and deaths of these real life protagonists also highlight why it is necessary for movements like Black Lives Matter to exist in the 21st Century.

Freeman features a mix of high-energy physical theatre, gospel singing, shadow puppetry and powerful drama to create an extraordinarily moving and affecting experience.

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