We are excited to announce that festival creative partner Sam Hall’s new full-length play, MY MIND IS FREE, comes to the Rochester Literature Festival on Sunday 11 October as part of a 20-venue tour of London and the Southeast, supported by Arts Council England.
Sam was inspired to write the play after hearing stories of people trafficked in Kent. ‘I think like a lot of people, I knew what human trafficking was, but the scale of the problem in the UK has shocked me. Each year it is reckoned that there are 13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK, and those are only the ones who escape.’ The play tells the stories of some these people who have fallen into what can only be described as modern day slavery.
Experience a powerful theatrical interpretation of the degradations of human trafficking in an intimate community performance space, the Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham. Designed to raise awareness of the issue that is currently at the forefront of the news, My Mind is Free will disturb and provoke in equal measure. Funded by the Arts Council England, Merton Council, Kent Commissioner’s Fund and Unity Theatre Trust, the Rah Rah Theatre Company has produced the play with playwright Sam to initiate discussion about the injustice of human trafficking within the UK.
Sam has previously written and produced work at the Rochester Literature Festival, WHAT’S THROUGH THE DOOR (2013), and THE SPIRIT OF MY DREAM (2014), and is delighted to also be bringing this new play to the Festival this year, as part of the tour.
My Mind is Free
Sunday 11th of October 2015, 7pm
Nucleus Arts, 272 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP
Tickets: £6 / £5 concessions, plus booking fee.
Tickets online: www.mymindisfree.com
You can also Get Creative and learn how to use news stories to inspire your own writing! Sam and fellow playwright Sarah Hehir will be leading a linked free creative writing workshop, exploring the issues around human trafficking in the UK today at the festival, on 10 October at the Guildhall Museum between 1pm-3pm. Children over 14 are welcome, accompanied by an adult and booking is free, but spaces are limited to 12. Book your place here.