28 June, 2019


Inspired by the first man in America to plead Insanity as his defence.

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. 

Winner of a spirit of the Fringe Award
Shortlisted for Amnesty International's Freedom of Experssion Award. 

Suitable for 13+
Strong language and scenes of a violent nature. 

This production is supported by Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, The Pleasance Theatre and Arts Council England


Quotes & Reviews


★★★★★ "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 


The Company


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

Our objectives are to make our work accessible to audiences around the world, telling stories to inspire forgotten communities. We have a passion for audience engagement and make it our 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, lead by leading industry figures and all affordable or free.

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