“Rebecca Prichard’s Dream Pill has been produced in many different spaces, from dusky theatre basements to New Scotland Yard. Staging it in the pre-performance space of a dressing room gives new dimensions to the audience’s encounter with two girls trapped in an identity they did not choose. Just outside the dressing room, Alice Birch’s play finds two imprisoned women recreating the outdoors as best they can, whilst pursuing a broader sense of freedom. We’re excited to join the Almeida Festival’s playful and radical roster, offering audiences the chance to explore the limits of physical and mental freedom.”
Lucy Perman, Executive Director
“This is naturally beautiful writing that gets you by the windpipe.”
Time Out on Re-Charged 2011
Acclaimed theatre company Clean Break produces ground-breaking plays with women writers and actors at the heart of its work. Founded in 1979 by two women prisoners who needed urgently to tell their stories through theatre, the company today has an independent education programme delivering theatre opportunities to women offenders and women at risk, in custodial and community settings. Celebrated by critics and audiences across the UK, the company’s award-winning plays hit a collective nerve, humanising some of the most difficult things we need to talk about as a society.
“Clean Break is an inspiring company and this work proves how their 31 years have made them wholly qualified to explore these vitally important issues.”
The Telegraph on Charged 2010
Recent productions include: There Are Mountains by Chloë Moss (HMP & YOI Askham Grange); Dream Pill by Rebecca Prichard (Underbelly Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011; Latitude and Greenbelt Festivals 2012 and touring); Re-Charged, three plays by Sam Holcroft, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Chloë Moss (Soho Theatre London 2011); Charged, a season of six plays by E V Crowe, Sam Holcroft, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Chloë Moss, Winsome Pinnock & Rebecca Prichard (Soho Theatre London 2010); it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now by Lucy Kirkwood (Arcola Theatre London 2009, joint winner of the John Whiting Award 2010); and This Wide Night by Chloë Moss (Soho Theatre London 2008 and revived in 2009, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2009).
“Charged confronts us with complex realities of crime, the criminal justice system and those who become entangled in its web either as victims, perpetrators or custodians. Sobering, important and magnificently achieved.”
Carole Woddis, Artsdesk.com