Jump documentary to premiere at Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

A film documenting the stories and experiences of the participants in our JUMP Jamaica project, run in partnership with the British Council, is set to premiere in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend. The film, titled Run Free, will open in Port of Spain on Sun 23rd September as part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and will be screened in Jamaica later in the year.

Directed by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Simon Sharkey, the film charts the journey of the thirteen young men from downtown Kingston who took part, following as they create a piece of theatre that impacts both them and their community through their struggles over three years of engagement and development. The project culminated in Run Free, a performance piece which saw the group travel across the world to perform as part of the 2016 Home/Away festival of participatory arts in Glasgow.

JUMP Jamaica was an expansion of the National Theatre of Scotland’s pioneering original Jump programme, which delivered a series of workshops in secondary schools in areas of multiple deprivation in Fife and the East End of Glasgow. Over the course of six months, over 1000 young participants took part in regular parkour and theatre-making classes, exploring their own challenges and experiences of young manhood to create two new pieces of physical theatre. These were performed to public audiences and to critical acclaim in Glenrothes and Easterhouse in 2012.

Later this year Simon Sharkey and other Scottish artists will collaborate with artists from leading exponents of carnival arts to bring Jump to Trinidad and Tobago, in the latest chapter for the life-changing project. You can view a trailer for the Run Free film below.

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