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Clean Break’s Sweatbox + Post-show discussion

Are we here?
Oi! What’s goin’ on?
Anyone there?

We’re at HMP Bronzefield. They do this. Stop the van outside the gates then leave you sat there like battery hens.

Chloë Moss’ Sweatbox invites you to enter the back of a prison van, in which three women share their stories of arrival and anticipation as they are transported from court to prison, from prison to prison, from prison to court.

Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind, Clean Break has remained true to these roots, and they continue to inspire playwrights and captivate audiences with their groundbreaking plays on the complex theme of women and crime.

“Like so much of this phenomenal company’s activity, Sweatbox is vital, humane work with real theatrical heft.” – The Stage

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Event details

Join Clean Break and the Sites of Resistance Collective from MMU on 19 September from 5.30pm in a curated space as they invite you to explore the theme of women in prison.

This event will include an array of stalls and dedicated spaces from a wide range of groups and organisations that support women in prison, along with an exhibition from Clean Break showcasing the history of this ground-breaking theatre company and its commitment to raising the voices of marginalised women.

The evening will culminate at 8.45pm with a panel discussion exploring the impact of arts in the criminal justice system, the importance of research and activism in shaping a counter narrative around criminalised women and the potential for action that can lead to.