6th – 10th of October, 7:30pm
10th of OctoberÂ Matinee, 2:30pm
David Grindley is many things: a long-term resident of the Isle of Dogs, the original member of the Spaceâ€™s community theatre company SpaceWorks, a director and performer â€“ heâ€™s even scaled death-defying heights on a tightrope!
David lives with Cerebral Palsy, which affects his speech and movement, and has spent his life in a wheelchair.
In 2014, David decided to share his experiences. With his love of theatre playing a part in so much of his life, there was no better way to tell his story than onstage.
The Man Who Found His Freedom is a play inspired by Davidâ€™s life, devised with a company of writers and actors. Examining life in care, family and friendships, this moving new production explores the meaning of determination â€“ and tells the tale of a man whoâ€™s never given up.
The play contains strong language.
Supported by the Arts Council England.
As part of the production, we will be running a programme of workshops and post-show events. See below for information:
Wednesday 7th October: Post-Show Q&A with Cast & Crew
Meet the cast and crew of The Man Who Found His Freedom, who will discuss the process of creating the show and answer your questions.
Thursday 8th October (7:30pm performance): Post-Show Discussion – Politics, Community andÂ Inclusivity
How do governmental policy and community initiatives shape society’s attitude towards inclusivity?Â What challenges do we currently face in ensuring accessibilityÂ for all?
Panel to be announced shortly
Friday 9th October (7:30pm performance) : Post-Show Discussion – Disability and Performance
A talk with artists and groups working across the sector with disabled and able-bodied artists. What responsibility do organisations and artists carry in engaging disabled participants? How can we ensure that disability is represented positively in theatre and performance?
Panel: Holly Stratton (freelance professional in disability arts) Barbara Stewart (ability-positive performance poet), Wolfgang Stange and Alison King (Amici Dance Theatre/Turtlekey Arts), Danielle McIlven and Adam Hemming (Space Productions)
Saturday 10th October, 1pm: Pre-Show Workshop – Theatre Skills
Come along for a free drama workshop before our matinee performance at 2:30pm. Meet the cast and crew of The Man Who Found His Freedom and take part in some simple rehearsal room exercises. Fully accessible, beginners welcome.
Saturday 10th October (2:30pm matinee): Post-Show Discussion – David, Friends and Family
Meet David and some of the people who have shaped his life, and hear about the stories that have helped form the basis of The Man Who Found His Freedom.
Monday 12th October, 7pm: Workshop – Devising a Life Story
Led by David and director Danielle McIlven, this workshop focusesÂ on the techniques used to create the production of The Man Who Found His Freedom.
All discussions and workshops are free of charge. Please email Isabel Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any further information.
Writers:Â David Grindley, Bill Keenan, Isabel Dixon and Sebastian Rex
Director:Â Danielle McIlven
Cast: Tim Blackwell, Avita Jay, Sadie Parsons, Paul Tonkin and David Grindley
Running Time: 80mins