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By Simon Bowen

Director Angie Langfield


Set in the trendy bars, offices and galleries of contemporary London, in fast moving snapshots, Simon Bowen’s first full length play is a brilliant exploration of the nature of freedom.

Do the highflyers have it, once they’ve reached ‘post economic’ and the prospect of retiring in their thirties, or do the drop outs have the answer, travelling with no destination in mind, refusing to compete on the treadmill. Caught between dreams of escape or career success are the strugglers.

When the stress murderously explodes, the brittle facade cracks and two former childhood friends find a tenderness in the bleak landscape of a seaside hospital.

Free was first performed at the National Theatre Loft in 2002.

By special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Performed by

BA (Hons) Acting students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

Creative Team - BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Students

Set and Costume Designer Harriet Hickman
Lighting Designer Beth Gupwell
Sound Designer Shaun Campbell

Production Team - BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Students

Assistant Production Manager Simon Jackson
Company Manager Catriona McHugh
Stage Manager Josh York
Deputy Stage Manager Stefanie Munck
Assistant Stage Manager Tom Fleming
Assistant Stage Manager Isobel Hobby Norris
Chief Electrician Charlie Jones
Deputy Chief Electrician and Programmer Jamie Long
Production Sound Engineer Callum Wyles


Webber Douglas Studio at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


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Box Office

Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Additional opening on performance nights: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Telephone: 020 7722 8183
Email: boxoffice@cssd.ac.uk

About The Show

Tickets should be collected 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted until there is a suitable break. Please note seating is limited in the Webber Douglas Studio.

Please ensure that all mobile phones and pagers are switched off. Video and audio recording and flash photography are not permitted. No food or drink is allowed in the performance space.

Event price

£10 / £5 concessions / Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

13 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm

15 Mar 2017 - 2:30pm

16 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm

17 Mar 2017 - 2:30pm

18 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm

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