Strictly Arts Theatre Company presents


Winner of a Spirit of the Fringe Award and shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, Freeman is inspired by the first man in America to plead Insanity as his defence and sees 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.

★★★★½ “A stunning show… If anything sums up the spirit of [Incoming Festival] it would be Strictly Arts – a young, black-led theatre company – and their production of Freeman… An evening of brutality intertwined with beauty that left the audience totally and utterly blown away.” – Caught in the Act

★★★★★ “Freeman is a revelation, a piece of stunning physical theatre.” – The Guardian

★★★★★ “A production of sheer class and talent.” – The Wee Review

★★★★ “Outstanding artistic courage.” – Broadway Baby

Want to know more about Strictly Arts Theatre Company?

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

Their objectives are to make their work accessible to audiences around the world, telling stories to inspire forgotten communities. They have a passion for audience engagement and make it their duty to give a voice to those communities through live performance.

Supported by Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; The Pleasance Theatre and Arts Council England.

  • Recommended age 13+
  • Running time: 1hr (no interval)
  • This show features:
    – Strong language
    – Some scenes of violence
    – Some short flashing light sequences
  • All tickets £5