We are excited to share the news that Caoimhe McAvinchey’s Applied Theatre: Women and the Criminal Justice System has been published, and is available to buy now.
This in-depth new book gives an unprecedented look into international theatre work in criminal justice settings, featuring essays and interviews that delve into the political and material conditions that influence this work. These academic pieces are interwoven with extracts from Clean Break’s performance texts, including Inside Bitch (2019) and Killers (1980).
The book also features a study on Clean Break Theatre Company’s productions as collective casework by writer, researcher and previous Clean Break General Manager Molly McPhee, focusing on our 2010 play Charged.
From cabaret to radio plays, theatre to film, the studies this text explores the value of theatre when it is informed and created by those with lived experience of the criminal justice system, when these women are treated as expert witnesses of a system they have directly experienced.
Our team is delighted to be included in this text, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to have the voices of Clean Break’s members recorded, listened to, and documented alongside so many radical and influential theatre organisations working in criminal justice settings.