‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again you did not know!’
Nominated for 'Best stage play dealing with human trafficking' in the Human Trafficking Foundation's Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards 2016
Shortlisted for the Amnesty Edinburgh Festival: Freedom of Expression Award 2017
Over 10 **** and ***** rated reviews
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MY MIND IS FREE is a powerful interpretation of the degradations of human trafficking. It tells the interlinked stories of four people trafficked to and within the UK and their horrifying tales of abuse, exploitation and enslavement. The production uses a mixture of physical theatre and multi–role playing to portray the epic journey and terrible risks that desperate people will go to in the pursuit of what they believe to be a better life, only to find that they are then exploited, ending up in a far worse position than when they started.
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing crime. The 2015 Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 35.8 million people in modern slavery in the world. The Metropolitan Police estimate that over 20,000 people are trafficked into and throughout the UK every year - that’s 54 people a day.
The show is ideal for small-scale theatres, schools, community centres or churches. Charity speakers, workshops and anti-trafficking training days can also be booked alongside the production.
The company first toured the play in 2015 around London and the Home Counties, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews. It was nominated for “Best stage play” in the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Anti-Slavery Media Awards 2016 which was hosted by the Home Secretary at the House of Commons. The show then appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 again receiving 4 and 5 star reviews and was shortlisted for the Amnesty Edinburgh Festival: Freedom of Expression Award 2017. In 2018 and 2019 the production toured venues across the UK including inter alia Scottish Parliament, Dundee Rep, Aberdeen Arts Centre, CAST Doncaster and the Halifax playhouse. The production was also featured on the BBC news on several different occasions.
We are pleased to have received funding from the Arts Council, Police Crime Commissioners of Essex and Lancashire that has enabled this project to now be accessed online.
“The performance of the actors was incredible..... Long live this theatre production” Anti-Slavery International
“Overall, no matter what your existing awareness of human trafficking is, My Mind is Free is definitely an important show to see.” **** FemaleArts
“I defy anyone not to be moved.” Wow Kent
" I don’t think I’ve ever been in an audience that got so emotionally attached to the characters, there were people with tears running down their faces. " ***** LUNG HA THEATRE COMPANY
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