Sam Freeman is the writer, director and performer in Every Little Hope You Ever Dreamed (But Didn’t Want To Mention). Originally from Leeds, he grew up in Scarborough before training in York and Holland. His produced plays include Floating, Revenge and Three Cheers For HRH and he directed Chris Chibnall’s (Broadchurch) footballing comedy for Unity Theatre.
How did you start in theatre?
Theatre’s always been part of my life - my parents did amateur dramatics and from as young as I can remember we used to go to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough where we lived to see Alan Ayckbourn’s shows.
I wasn’t a cool kid (and still definitely aren’t), so theatre fitted me well - it was, or at least the groups I hung out with, lots of people who weren’t cool which was, frankly, a relief. I always enjoyed theatre and performing informally, I’m a weird mix between introvert and extrovert which meant I never felt confident in my creative side. It took until I was 26 until I actually stepped on stage to perform. It’s exactly as terrifying as you think.
Where did the idea come from?
In 2010 I moved to Liverpool and decided to try performing stand up comedy. I was okay but not brilliant at first, but I ended up writing a set that was me reading a story from a book to the audience. It shouldn’t have worked, it was so theatrical, so different to everyone else at the time, but it always worked. So naturally I decided with that success to not do it again for 4 years (until I rediscovered it a few years ago).
The idea for the show came in 2020, as most ideas come from, from life – the show is things I’ve experienced or lived (pre-Covid!) - that idea of having a hole in your life and looking for the right person to fill it (yes that totally sounds rude) was me in my early twenties.