Hey, did you know there’s a new play at The Space all about David Grindley called The Man Who Found His Freedom ?
Right, sounds interesting, who is David Grindley?
He is a 53-year-old Isle of Dogs resident and The Space regular who has been attending shows at the Westferry Road venue for more 14 years. Alongside fundraising and volunteer work he also works as an assistant director and performer, and has been a vital cog in community theatre company, SpaceWorks, since it began in 2009.
David also lives with cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user.
So what does the play focus on in his life?
Inspired by Christy Brown – who write My Left Foot – The Man Who Found His Freedom will tell David’s story from his point of view. Featuring disabled and able-bodied actors, the play explores issues surrounding disability and determination and documents the obstacles he has had to overcome – and also his on/off relationship with white wine.
How did it all come together?
Through a lovely man called Bill Keenan, a fellow SpaceWorks member, who volunteered to help David tell his story. For the past 18 months he has been researching David’s life and has interviewed him, his friends and family. David also enlisted another group of SpaceWorks members to help him with a range of fundraising activities, which provided match funding for a successful Arts Council England application.
How about a word from Adam Hemming, The Space’s director. He says: “There have often been links between our professional theatre company, Space Productions and the SpaceWorks community theatre company. David has given a huge amount to The Space and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to support him in this. The show will definitely help to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and disability but above all else this is an inspiring story that should resonate with all.”
The Man Who Found His Freedom, The Space, October 6 to October 10, 7.30pm (October 10; 2.30pm), £10-£14, space.org.uk . Follow #FoundHisFreedom.