Billy the Girl :: CLEAN BREAK @ Soho Theatre
” ‘I wish you could just like consider – consider the chance of it being an accident. Cos you’re so sure. You’re so sure that I did this awful thing.’
Billy is out waiting for love where she last saw it. Her mum is certain love has walked into her life again. Her sister thinks love could still be found somewhere in the house… but Billy herself isn’t even allowed through the door…
In Katie Hims’ sweet, stark family elegy, love never dies but sometimes, like Billy, it has to sleep in the caravan with Frank’s ashes and a bear costume.
Clean Break returns to Soho Theatre following This Wide Night(2008/9), Charged (2010) and Re-Charged (2011) with this sharp yet gentle look at a fractured family dealing with a lifetime of mistrust.”
"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 today, Clean Break has remained true to these roots, continuing to inspire playwrights around the complex theme of women and crime – enlightening and entertaining audiences. Integral to this, is the company’s long-established theatre-based education and training programme enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment.
Behind the scenes, we provide high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications, training opportunities and specialist support which are critical for the rehabilitation of women offenders in prisons and the community. On the stage, we produce ground-breaking and award-winning plays which dramatise women’s experience of, and relationship to, crime and punishment. Our women-only identity is crucial to our history and rationale, and provides us with the most effective model for representing, understanding and meeting the complex needs of women who offend."
See on www.cleanbreak.org.uk