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Freedom Project

  • Venue: Bramall Rock Void
  • Duration: 80 mins
  • Age Guidance: 14+
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    There may be some profanity and some descriptions of experiences that may be upsetting. It may also contain descriptions of racist behaviour.

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Melding lived experience with creative theatre-making, refugees Mo and Hossein share stories – both personal and global – that explore the very different journeys taken by unaccompanied minors as they leave their home countries in search of sanctuary.  

Honest, reflective, challenging and funny, the young performers – both long-standing participants in Leeds Playhouse’s Theatre of Sanctuary programme – combine moments of dream-like wonder with unflinching fact sharing, drawing the audience into a direct dialogue and asking them to consider what life is really like for children fleeing danger and seeking a new home in the UK. 

Freedom Project is developed from an idea conceived in collaboration with Young Vic Taking Part. 

Photography by Zoe Martin

Trailer by Sodium Films


15 September

Making the Freedom Project

Join us for a post-show discussion about the process that resulted in the creation of this innovative production. The panel will include the two actors in the company and Director Alexander Ferris. It will be hosted by Shreena Gobey, Leeds Playhouse Youth Work Manager, and Assistant Director Masego Lynia.

17 September

Seeking Sanctuary: myth-busting, awareness-raising and honest discussion (BSL interpreted)

There will be a short post-show performance by Hamida, who is part of the Syrian Resettlement Programme, followed by a discussion about the current challenges faced by refugees and people seeking asylum. The panel will include representatives working in the refugee sector in Leeds and the event will be hosted by Madeleine Boyd.

Cast & Credits

Written by Luke Barnes in response to research with young people seeking asylum / Directed by Alexander Ferris / Assistant Director Masego Lynia / Set & Costume Designer Katie Scott / Lighting Designer Ciaran Cunningham / Sound Designer & Composer Christella Litras /

  • Cast Member Image
    Hossein Ahmadi
    as Hossein
  • Cast Member Image
    Mohammadreza Bazarbashi
    as Mo


Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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