Review: Freaking Free Mark DeFriest, Bread and Roses Theatre

Written and staged in just 5 weeks, Freaking Free Mark DeFriest is a daring affair at the Bread and Roses Theatre but one that needs a little more development time

“Sometimes doing the right thing is wrong”

Chances are you won’t have heard of the name Mark DeFriest. A man in the US who, in 1980, took the tools promised to him by his late father pre-probate and ended up with a custodial sentence for his pains from which he has never broken free, despite developing a reputation as a notorious jailbreaker. Freaking Free Mark DeFriest offers up a highly theatrical version of his lifestory, exploring his mental health issues exacerbated bu his incarceration.

Structurally, the play takes the form of short vignettes, shifting around in time and varying significantly in form which if nothing, certainly keeps the audience on its toes. From quiz shows asking for our participation to enact justice to prison correspondence that riffs on Eminem and Dido’s ‘Stan’, there’s certainly no lacking of ideas from Eyles. Continue reading “Review: Freaking Free Mark DeFriest, Bread and Roses Theatre”