Killers: Live Stream and Post-Show Discussion
Remounted for the first time since the 1980s, Clean Break are hosting a free online screening of co-founder Jacqueline Holborough’s play Killers, first performed in 1980 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and adapted for television with Channel 4 in 1984.
Based on experience of incarceration in HMP Durham’s high security H-Wing – where our founders Jenny Hicks and Jacqueline Holborough met in 1977 – Killers is a one-woman monologue direct to camera, speaking from experience about what it was like to be inside.
After the screening, there will be a post-show discussion hosted by Lorraine Maher, Clean Break’s Participation Manager, and actor Jen Joseph, a Member of Clean Break who performed in Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare Trilogy and more recently Inside Bitch in 2019, which explored true and false representations of prison by a cast with lived experience.
Join us to discuss the ways in which prison has been represented in theatre, and how this compares to its representation in the media. Audiences are encouraged to actively take part in the post-show discussion, inspired by the lively post-show debates that were a regular part of Clean Break’s touring in the 1980s.
This event is part of the digital events programme for Clean Break's exhibition, ‘I am a theatre’: 40 years of Clean Break Theatre Company, celebrating four decades of creating ground-breaking theatre on women’s experience of the criminal justice system. The live exhibition takes place at Swiss Cottage Gallery from 24 June - 31 July 2021.
The exhibition and events are made possible by support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts and Humanities Research Council. This funding was received to celebrate Clean Break's 40th anniversary year, to document our heritage by: establishing a publicly accessible archive of our work at the Bishopsgate Institute; conducting oral history interviews; creating a digital timeline and exhibitions to share its story.