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Freedom Studios

Freedom Studios, based in Bradford creates contemporary work with first and second-generation born Black, Asian and ethnic minority artists. The company works on a local community, regional and national level offering career opportunities to young people in the region to work in theatre. Its work is created by artists from all artforms in response to political and cultural worldwide events. Our investment supports the organisation's core activities.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £140,000
  • 2013-2014: £143,360
  • 2014-2015: £147,087

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Osmosis at Reflections Festival

Osmosis at Reflection Festival Bradford Touring Summer 2014 See here for more info: http://www.freedomstudios.co.uk/projects/osmosis/

Bollywood For Dummies Trailer

by Soneil Inayat Performances Trinity Leeds: Sunday 25th August at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm City Park, Bradford: Monday 26th August at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Heera wants Aleena. Aleena wants a Bollywood hero. With help from a sidekick and a whole lot of rumbling can Heera prove he's no Bollywood dummy? Actor, comedian and presenter Mani Liaqat is performing in the show, so you can expect laughter and surprises. Our romantic couple are played by Shireen Farkhoy and Jayson Benovichi-Dicken.To celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, Freedom Studios and Bradford UNESCO City of Film held a competition to find a 10-minute play script that captured the essence of Bollywood. We had some brilliant scripts and the Judges had a difficult task choosing the winner -- Bollywood for Dummies by Soneil Inayat. Freedom Studios are working in association with Bradford UNESCO City of Film on this project who will be documenting the making of the live performance. Heera JAYSON BENOVICHI-DICKEN Aleena SHIREEN FARKHOY Sidekick/Aleena's father/Villain MANI LIAQAT Director AISHA KHAN Writer SONEIL INAYAT Producer PRAKASH PATEL Executive Producers DEBORAH DICKINSON DAVID WILSON Choreographer RAJ PARMAR Stage Manager PENNY CUNNINGHAM Production Assistant SAMEENA HUSSAIN Dhol Player SARJUN PUCCAN Consultant IRNA QURESHI Social Media Advisor HAMZA KHAN Choreography and Musician provided by SPICE ENTERTAINMENT LTD Stewards BARRY SNOWDEN BOBBY TOOR Special Thanks To WENDY DENMAN, TRINITY LEEDS VANESSA MITCHELL & ALLYSON CORNEY, BRADFORD COUNCIL DRAGON THAI RESTAURANT MANISHA PATEL BOBSIE ROBINSON & RASHMI SUDHIR Camera & Editing Services provided by SCAM ARTIST PRODUCTIONS Brought to you by Freedom Studios in collaboration with Bradford UNESCO City of Film

Pensioner Warehouse Trailer

On 19th September 2013 Freedom Studios took over the window of Forsters Bistro and Deli in Bradford, as part of the Reflections Festival. Pensioner Warehouse Directed by Tom Wright Designed by Hannah Sibai Performed by Chris Hyland, Jan Thomas and Maureen Kershaw Stage management and lighting by Penny Cunningham With a big thank you to all the staff at Forsters Bistro and Deli

Carlton Bolling/Freedom Studios New Arrival Project, Bradford

Funded by Cape UK, Freedom Studios worked with students at Carlton Bolling College in Bradford, who were newly arrived in the country. The project was an experiment to see if participating in theatre / performing arts would help these young people academically, especially with improving their English. Film by Emilie Flower and Colin Nuttall of Spinning Top Films

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The Mill - City of Dreams

Date: Spring 2011 Funders: The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England Yorkshire Co-Producer: imove Location: Drummonds Mill, Lumb Lane Our biggest production to date, 'the Mill -- City of Dreams' was performed to great critical acclaim in an old textile mill in Bradford. Based on the stories of local and migrant wool workers, it uncovered the city's past and posed searching questions about its future. In 1900, there were 350 mills in Bradford and they dominated the city's life at every level. Through interviews and readings, we discovered inspiring stories as we encountered people who gave their lives to the textile industry and shared dreams and aspirations for themselves and their children. Some dreams were realised, most were not. In 2011, the old mills were part of Bradford's artificially engineered new sense of self, as the city recreated itself through regeneration, with glass buildings, loft apartments and communal outdoor spaces. What do people dream of now? This spectacular piece was performed over 15 nights in Drummonds Mill, which we transformed into a series of extraordinary spaces through which we could lead the audience. It was a huge success with critics and audiences alike. We're really proud of the way it challenged the conventions of what theatre is, who it's about and where it can be performed. "The vast floor plan of the weaving shed seems to redraw itself continually through the shifting perspectives of pillars; narrow corridors extend like simulations in a computer game; while an arched, wooden void beneath eaves feels almost ecclesiastical. The project poses pertinent question about what we want these redundant spaces to become. Gated developments of luxury apartments? Even if Drummonds can no longer sustain industry, at least it has temporarily been filled with imagination.'" Rating: **** Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Big Skye - Stories from the Edge

"An extraordinary fusion of local people, music, singers, not-quite actors. Beautiful, flowing script by Sally. The melody of the Sheffield accent swept through the story. Totally professional production in a tiny community centre which, barring this show, is "in't middle a nowhere." Big Sky -- Stories from the Edge was an exciting new show with stories and songs about life on Skye Edge, written and performed by Sally Goldsmith with help from local people, musician Val Regan and guest performer Ray Hearne. In the show we met Derek the pigeon fancier -- 'trainin' pigeons since I were a lad', dog walkers, young footballers, prefab and maisonette dwellers, Pat who hid her telly from the license inspector and Olga with a great big wish. Then there was the mystery of who nicked Piggy Weston's piglets? The inspiration for the show was Skye Edge itself with some of the finest views in Sheffield. A place with a panoramic vision of green hills and glittering terraces, a big sky, filled with homing pigeons circling above high-rise flats, a backdrop of dark and distant moors. It stands so high above the city that you could almost imagine taking off and flying. And when night falls, you can see the city's lights flicker on, one by one. Tracy, who used to live in the prefabs before they were demolished, remembers, 'Every night you'd go to bed and you'd get this wonderful picture. It was like Vegas, everything twinkling and moving right across the city -- just from your window.' Writer Sally Goldsmith spent three months talking to people who live, work and play in the area and re-told their stories in a beautiful, lyrical narrative punctuated by jaunty songs. Sally says, 'I love to make new work out of people's stories and the music of their authentic voices. I have a passion for Sheffield, which has been my home for the past 30 years, but I've only just discovered the magic of Skye Edge.' The production featured a choir especially brought together for the production by Val Regan who wrote the harmonies to accompany Sally's songs and eight local residents including singer Pete and Pat McGrail who remembers the days when she used to share her washing machine - I had a Hoover washing machine, Just a little square 'un, Agitator, electric rollers, If my neighbor wanted to wash We'd lift it 'ovver t'fence, She'd use it, then heave it back. That's how close we were.

Street Voices 3

Street Voices is Freedom Studios programme to support and develop emerging writers. See www.freedomstudios.co.uk for details.

The Mill - Behind the Scenes - The Music Box

Date: Spring 2011 Funders: The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England Yorkshire Co-Producer: imove Location: Drummonds Mill, Lumb Lane Our biggest production to date, 'the Mill -- City of Dreams' was performed to great critical acclaim in an old textile mill in Bradford. Based on the stories of local and migrant wool workers, it uncovered the city's past and posed searching questions about its future. In 1900, there were 350 mills in Bradford and they dominated the city's life at every level. Through interviews and readings, we discovered inspiring stories as we encountered people who gave their lives to the textile industry and shared dreams and aspirations for themselves and their children. Some dreams were realised, most were not. In 2011, the old mills were part of Bradford's artificially engineered new sense of self, as the city recreated itself through regeneration, with glass buildings, loft apartments and communal outdoor spaces. What do people dream of now? This spectacular piece was performed over 15 nights in Drummonds Mill, which we transformed into a series of extraordinary spaces through which we could lead the audience. It was a huge success with critics and audiences alike. We're really proud of the way it challenged the conventions of what theatre is, who it's about and where it can be performed. "The vast floor plan of the weaving shed seems to redraw itself continually through the shifting perspectives of pillars; narrow corridors extend like simulations in a computer game; while an arched, wooden void beneath eaves feels almost ecclesiastical. The project poses pertinent question about what we want these redundant spaces to become. Gated developments of luxury apartments? Even if Drummonds can no longer sustain industry, at least it has temporarily been filled with imagination.'" Rating: **** Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Street Voices 3 Trailer

The trailer for Street Voices 3. 8 Writers, 4 directors, 12 Actors, 8 Plays. Street Voices is Freedom Studios' program for developing and supporting emerging writers.

ELLABELLAPUMPANELLA

A short film directed by Madani Younis

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www.freedomstudios.co.uk

The Design Exchange, 34
Peckover Street

Bradford
BD1 5BD

53.79406, -1.74321

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