Charged

Written by E V Crowe, Sam Holcroft, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Chloë Moss, Winsome Pinnock & Rebecca Prichard
Directed by Lucy Morrison, Caroline Steinbeis & Tessa Walker
10 November 2010 – 27 November 2010
Written by E V Crowe, Sam Holcroft, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Chloë Moss, Winsome Pinnock & Rebecca Prichard
Directed by Lucy Morrison, Caroline Steinbeis & Tessa Walker

Charged

10 November 2010 – 27 November 2010

Charged is an epic moment for Clean Break. A moment when thirty-one years of making theatre and delivering theatre education with thousands of women come together through six new and powerful stories. These stories reveal the damage meted out by neglectful families, abusive partners, the criminal justice system and a society that too often turns away and shuns these women. Labelled as offenders, prisoners, inmates, criminals and failures, they are also mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends and lovers. Charged is a celebration of these women’s courage, dignity, strength and endurance.

Charged is also a celebration of women as theatre artists. This production brings together, for the first time, six extraordinary women playwrights. Four come from a long line of writers that have been commissioned by the company: Chloë Moss (This Wide Night), E V Crowe (A Just Act), Winsome Pinnock (Mules) and Rebecca Prichard (Yard Gal). Two – Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Sam Holcroft – are new to Clean Break. Each playwright chose her own theme, met with women offenders and criminal justice practitioners as part of the research process, and wrote their individual contributions to Charged.

Cast and Creatives

Chloë Moss – Writer

Lucy Morrison – Director

Tessa Walker – Director

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Johanna Town – Lighting Designer

E V Crowe – Writer

Sam Holcroft – Writer

Rebecca Lenkiewicz – Writer

Winsome Pinnock – Writer

Rebecca Prichard – Writer

Caroline Steinbeis – Director

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Soutra Gilmour – Designer

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Johanna Town – Lighting Designer

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Emma Laxton – Sound Designer

Sian Harris – Costume Supervisor

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Bo Barton – Production Manager

The whole cast of actresses are mesmerising, as they manage to embody everything from 9 year old girls, to teenage gang members, to mothers lost without their inmate daughters.

Daisy Bowie-Sell

Enterprisingly staged around three different spaces in Soho Theatre. Audiences climb upstairs to the studio for two works in domestic settings, and go down into the basement bar for plays that explore underground experiences.

Sarah Hemming - Financial Times

Divided into two programmes, Charged is a blisteringly powerful meditation on female experience not only behind bars but on the streets, in rehab, as mothers and as part of the police force.

Maddy Costa - The Guardian

★★★★

The Telegraph

★★★★

The Guardian