Run Free: The Documentary

In 2016 eleven young men from Parade Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica travelled to Scotland for the first time, bringing their powerful parkour performance Run Free to the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home/Away festival. Now the story of their journey is told in a heart-warming new documentary film.

Premiering at the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival, Run Free: The Documentary shows the struggles and triumphs of these young men as they create a piece of theatre that impacts both them and their community, a journey that saw them travel across the world, many for the first time, from the streets of Kingston to the international stage.

The premiere will be followed by a post-screening Q&A with Lesley-Ann Welsh of Manifesto Jamaica, who led the Run Free project, Giovanne Hinds, one of the young participants, and the film’s co-director Simon Sharkey.

Run Free was developed as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s pioneering Jump programme, which delivered a series of workshops in secondary schools in areas of multiple deprivation in Fife and the East End of Glasgow. Originally presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, British Council, and Manifesto Jamaica, under the creative guidance of directors Simon Sharkey, Brian Johnson, and choreographer Liane Williams.

Directed by Simon Sharkey and Benjamin Zecher

Running Time:

66 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • Captioned

  • Autism Friendly

  • Dementia Friendly

Recommended Age Guide:

N/C 5+