Free For All

27 Jan 2016

Event times

6.30pm - 8pm

Cost of entry

Free, booking required.

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Any bus to Nottingham City Centre
  • Lace Market Tram Stop
  • Nottingham Station

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A new verse play by prize winning poet Richard O'Brien. Choice, control and a socialist ghost star in this darkly comic verse play about free schools in the UK. Directed by Sydney Theatre Award winner Rebecca Martin.


A new free school sets a town's parents at loggerheads over the one thing that really matter sto them: their children's future. 

When lifelong activist Kerry is persuaded to attend an open evening at the Waters' Edge Academy, she discovers she's not the only parent making sacrifices. But why is Martha's mother so against her getting what she wants: a competitive skillset and a life she can afford? 

Before long, the ghost of Anthony Crosland, the 1960s Labour education minister who introduced the comprehensive system, has started wreaking havoc on the interactive whiteboard. This might have something to do with Kerry's concerns.

Engaging with questions of choice, control and the death of the post-war utopia, Free for All is a modern verse play by award-winning poet Richard O'Brien, described by Andrew McMillan as 'one of the strongest poets of his generation'.  Director Rebecca Martin, who co-founded the Sydney Theatre Award-winning pantsguys productions, says: 'We set up Haunted House Theatre to revive a kind of theatre where the power of language can make anything happen.'


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