This free online event is taking place via Zoom.
We'll be inviting Clean Break's founders – Jenny Hicks and Jacqueline Holborough – to revisit ephemera from the earliest days of Clean Break's 40-year history and explore what these objects tell us about the origins of Clean Break, its ability to survive and thrive as an organisation, and how they are reimagining their future today.
Clean Break's first show Efemera was devised by 20 women in HMP Askham Grange, and performed to audiences at York Arts Centre in 1979 – the first time serving prisoners were allowed to perform to a public audience.
This event will explore their origins through the eyes of the founders, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A on how Clean Break has continued to survive and thrive for over 40 years, and how they are working with our archive to create new work today.
Meet the Hosts
Clean Break Theatre Company was founded in 1979 by two women in prison who believed in the power of theatre to transform lives. Today, Clean Break continues to change lives and minds on stage, in prison and in the community through ground-breaking theatre which puts women’s voices at its heart and challenges injustice within and beyond the criminal justice system.
In recognition of their 40th Anniversary in 2019, and funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, they established a public archive of their work at Bishopsgate Institute.
Their archive contains original playscripts, rehearsal and production photography, and original artwork from 40-years of ground-breaking productions; hand-written letters from their founders; original tv and documentary film featuring and produced by Clean Break; and their 40th Anniversary video interviews with 42 women from across their 40-year history.
You can find out more about Clean Break's work today here: https://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/
Need to Know
- 18:00 – 19:30
- Bishopsgate Institute