Efemera: The Origins And Survival Of Clean Break Theatre Company

19 November 2020 – 19 November 2020

18:00 Thursday 19 Nov 2020

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Efemera: The Origins And Survival Of Clean Break Theatre Company

19 November 2020 – 19 November 2020

Join us online to celebrate the launch of Clean Break's Archive at Bishopsgate Institute.

We'll be joined by 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 Clean Break's origins through the eyes of our 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.

Click here to view a selection of archive material from the founding years of the company.