New Play comes to Canterbury and Folkestone
Freedom will be at the Gulbenkian Theatre on the 3rd of November, and the Quarterhouse in Folkestone on the 19th November.
Rick Limentani has made some unusual choices. After graduating from Cambridge University, he left a successful career for a blue-chip consultancy in the city to become a struggling artist, studying film-making in Paris. Over the past ten years he has risen to prominance as a screenwriter, winning international awards, and has also directed short films shown in festivals around the world. Now, after completing a new short film in Spain last year, which is currently being sent around the world, he’s decided to turn his attention to the theatre with a new, and equally international play called ‘Freedom’.
Freedom divides the stage between two countries, with half the characters in the UK, and the other half living in parallel in Tajikistan, one of the poorest countries of the former Soviet Union. The story follows an opium farmer who finds a way to send his son to England, with the ulterior motive of bringing something back. In England, the young man quickly falls in love with the western way of life, and in particular with a beautiful girl.
“I love the idea that freedom isn’t a yes or no, it’s a sliding scale,” says Rick, “No one feels completely free because we all impinge on each others lives. We all have responsibilities to family, to work, and to each other that box in our lives. In this story, I wanted to play with that and create situations where each character has to choose between elements of their own freedom and that of the others.”
The choice to write and direct the story as a play rather than a film is explained by the producer and actress, Spanish starlet Rebeca Cobos, “The structure of the story meant that it was perfect for the stage. Just three actors, and action taking place in two locations at the same time, it’s going to create a really interesting experience, and seeing it performed live will really powerful.”
The pair have pulled together an international team for the play, with a lighting designer from France, composer and costume designer from Spain, and plenty of British talent in the production, acting and set design teams. The whole thing has investment from Spain and England, and will be touring the South East of England in November, with a premiere in Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre on the 3rd of November.
“We chose the South East, basically, because that’s where I’m from. I know most of these towns and theatres we’re performing in,” says the writer/director, “It’s my first go at a theatre play, and I’m really excited about it, but doing it close to home gives a little comfort, and also guarantees that we’ll sell a few tickets. At the very least, my Mum and Dad are going to come and see it!”
Freedom will be performing in November in Canterbury, Norwich, Cromer and Folkestone. For more details, take a look at the website: www.freedomtheplay.co.uk
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