Tim Free is a freelance actor living and working in London.
In addition to stage and television work he has a wide range of experience in first-person historical interpretation. Roles have included performing in the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast where he was part of a company employed to write, devise and act in scripts about the ship’s actions in the Arctic convoys, on D-Day and during the Korean War.
This in turn informed his recent writing with particular reference to social history and the Mass Observation Movement. Keeping a journal-style account of observations in his everyday life, he has amassed a number of notebooks with material that juxtapose a subjective and objective critique of events and social behaviours in both an urban and rural settings.The reporting of these observations can take several forms including making notes at source, at other times written in a notepad (often in shorthand) before being logged in a journal. These observations often display a playful nature, employing a degree of humour, asking questions or merely recalling fragments of overheard conversation.
Applying a title to each observation is a fundamental part of ‘framing’ the text, perhaps evolving as a creative process borne out of penning lyrics (and song titles) for the various bands he has played in. The content of the observation is almost always a spontaneous piece of writing sometimes reflected in the short abbreviated sentence structure. As subject matter is often surveyed ‘in transit’ he finds it important to try and capture the essence of the event, thereby giving the material a vitality that might lend itself to later reading and interpretation.