Clean Break is a British theatre company set up in 1979 by two women in prison. It exists to tell the stories of women with experience of the criminal justice system and to transform women's lives through theatre.
Over 40 years, Clean Break has commissioned some of the most progressive and brilliant women writers to write ground-breaking plays, alongside developing the writing skills of the women they work with in its London studios and in prisons. This is a collection of monologues from this canon.
Rebel Voices: Monologues for Women by Women celebrates the opportunities inherent when women represent themselves. Offering female performers a diverse set of monologues reflecting a range of characters in age, ethnicity and lived experience, the material is drawn from a mix of published and unpublished works.
This book is for any performer who does not see themselves represented in mainstream plays, for lovers of radical women's theatre and for rebels everywhere who believe that the act of speaking and being heard can create change.
Clean Break Introduction Lucy Perman Acknowledgements Little on the inside by Alice Birch, B [ BLANK ] by Alice Birch, A Black Crows by Linda Brogan, Leonora Jadan by Danni Brown, Jadan Joanne by Deborah Bruce, Kath Didn't Die by Annie Caulfield, Dinah Thick as Thieves by Katherine Chandler, Karen Spent by Katherine Chandler, Nat Apache Tears by Lin Coghlan, Merle Head-Rot Holiday by Sarah Daniels, Helen Trainers by Raina Dunne AKA Titch, Ellie Fingertips by Suhayla El-Bushra, Kidisti Pests by Vivienne Franzmann, Pink Sounds like an Insult by Vivienne Franzmann, Brenda Blis-ta by Sonya Hale, Kat Daddycation by Katie Hims, Jess The Garden Girls by Jacqueline Holborough, Mary Killers by Jacqueline Holborough, The Prisoner FKA Queens by Theresa Ikoko, Ngozi Firm by Daisy King, Stevie it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now by Lucy Kirkwood, Dijana Wicked by Bryony Lavery, Rosie That Almost Unnameable Lust by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Katherine Typical Girls by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Munch Amazing Amy by Laura Lomas, Amy Inside a Cloud by Sabrina Mahfouz, Carly A Bitch like Me by Natasha Marshall, Lesha Fatal Light by Chloe Moss, Jay This Wide Night by Chloe Moss, Marie Amongst the Reeds by Chinonyerem Odimba, Gillian Te Awa I Tahuti (The River that Ran Away) by Rena Owen, Toni Mules by Winsome Pinnock, Allie Taken by Winsome Pinnock, Della Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard, Boo Joanne by Ursula Rani Sarma, Grace Red by Anna Reynolds, Kay House by Somalia Seaton, Mama Mercy Fine by Shelley Silas, Mercy 126.96.36.199 by Sandrine Uwayo, A Voice And I and Silence by Naomi Wallace, Dee Permissions Acknowledgements
Roisin McBrinn is a theatre director with over fifteen years experience working in the UK, Ireland and internationally. She is the Head of Artistic Programme of Clean Break Theatre Company where she commissions, develops and directs theatre inspired by the experiences of women within and around the criminal justice system, by leading female writers. For Clean Break she has directed Joanne (Soho Theatre and RSC) and House/Amongst The Reeds (Yard Theatre) and will direct a co-production with Theatr Clwyd of a new play by Katherine Chandler this Autumn. Roisin has directed for the Donmar Warehouse (Noveccento), Sheffield Theatres (Afterplay), West Yorkshire Playhouse (Yerma), Prime Cut (Villa/Discurso), The Abbey Theatre (No Escape, Perve, Heartbreak House) and Sherman Theatre (Before it Rains, Sleeping Beauties and It's A Family Affair). Lauren Mooney is a writer, producer and dramaturg. She joined Clean Break in 2016 and worked as their Literary Producer until autumn 2018, supporting emerging writers and producing the company's engagement work in prisons. Since 2015, she has co-run Kandinsky Theatre Company with director James Yeatman, where her work as producer and co-writer includes Dog Show, Still Ill and Trap Street (all New Diorama Theatre). In 2019, the company's work will include Dinomania (New Diorama Theatre), There Is a Light that Never Goes Out (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) and a transfer of their 2018 show Trap Street to the Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting course (2015) and has written extensively about theatre, arts and culture for Exeunt, The Stage and The Guardian. She is currently the David Higham Scholar on the Creative Writing MA at University of East Anglia.
Reviews for Rebel Voices: Monologues for Women by Women: Celebrating 40 Years of Clean Break Theatre Company
I fumed and laughed and cried. A rich, varied and timely anthology of monologues for Everywoman. Clean Break is giving actors of ALL ages, ethnicities and backgrounds an opportunity to shine. * Indira Varma, Actor * Clean Break has an archive of incredible monologues for women; women whose voices aren't often heard and whose experience is rarely given this level of complexity and humanity . . . A special resource that I wish had been around when I was at drama school. * Zawe Ashton, Actor and Clean Break Patron * Rebel Voices is a compelling anthology and a unique insight into a brilliant, ground-breaking theatre company. * Kathy Burke, Theatre Director *