The "Run Free" project is the Jamaican extension of the National Theatre of Scotland’s theatre production "JUMP". "Run Free" fuses physical theatre, storytelling and the movement discipline of Parkour – otherwise known as Free Running – into a devised theatrical production. Since March 2014 the National Theatre of Scotland and Manifesto Jamaica - supported by the British Council - have been working with 20 young men from Parade Gardens (a.k.a. Southside) in Kingston.
The mission: to create a space where the young men can tell their own stories; about their lives, which are considered "at-risk" and about their home town, which some consider a "ghetto". Using the grace, flow and style of Parkour, participants explore the challenges and obstacles they face growing up in an age of unprecedented and unpredictable change.
This video is a preview of our work-in-progress.
Participants in the Run Free project are young men, ages 13 to 21, from Parade Gardens in central Kingston, Jamaica. The initiative is conceptualized, financed and implemented through collaboration between the British Council, Glasgow Parkour Coaching, Manifesto Jamaica and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Manifesto Jamaica is a social enterprise committed to educating, exposing and empowering youth through art and culture. We believe that the creative arts can be used to effectively alleviate youth unemployment, poverty, violence and social exclusion.
Our mission is to develop and attract opportunities for young people that inspire creativity, productivity and elevated consciousness, by harnessing the talents of nation builders.