Genesis & Inspiration
The Run Free project is the Jamaican extension of the National Theatre of Scotland’s theatre production "JUMP". Run Free fuses physical theatre, storytelling and the movement discipline of Parkour – otherwise known as Free Running – into a devised theatrical production.
Using the grace, flow and style of Parkour, participants explore the challenges and obstacles they face growing up in an age of unprecedented and unpredictable change.
The British Council was introduced to the National Theatre of Scotland's "JUMP" project, and was inspired to establish a similar program in the Caribbean. They engaged Manifesto Jamaica to make it happen. After a 10 day pilot programme in 2014, we've come a long way.
The primary objectives of the Run Free project are to:
- Impart the life skills required to navigate the challenges young men face, growing up in an age of unprecedented and unpredictable change.
- Strengthen and expand the community of Parkour coaches and practitioners in Jamaica.
- Provide an avenue for reflection, relaxation, education and support to young men who are susceptible to antisocial behavior.
- Impart leadership, team building and community development skills, through active co-operation in the evolution & implementation of the programme.