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15.01.24

New Audio Drama: A Proposal for Resisting Darkness

An audio drama by Yasmin Joseph in collaboration with HMP Downview Theatre Company

Clean Break is excited to present a new audio drama, available to listen to for free on our Knowledge Hub.

"We will always be too loud for a world that never intended on listening to us. But we’ll speak all the same."

The malevolent beast Darkness has taken the voices of all women on earth, but a group of magical women in the clouds create their own proposal for resisting Darkness's power. Will they succeed or will Darkness silence them for good?

A Proposal for Resisting Darkness was created with a group of women at HMP Downview and playwright Yasmin Joseph during a series of workshops. The play was the outcome of Clean Break’s participation in Inspiring Futures, a research project involving leading arts in criminal justice organisations and the University of Cambridge and led by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance. A Proposal for Resisting Darkness was originally directed by Anna Herrmann and first performed by HMP Downview Theatre Company inside the prison in 2022.

To extend the reach of this abstract yet relatable play, A Proposal for Resisting Darkness has been adapted into an audio drama, originally broadcast across the prison estate of England and Wales on National Prison Radio and now available online on Clean Break’s Knowledge Hub.

The audio play is performed by Lisa-Marie Ashworth, Shona Babayemi, TerriAnn Cousins, Polly Frame, and Jade Small, and is directed by Anna Herrmann. It was produced by Clean Break in association with Prison Radio Association.

With thanks to The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Clinks, University of Cambridge, and Arts Council England for their support.

Listen for free on our Knowledge Hub

Credits 
Playwright - Yasmin Joseph in collaboration with HMP Downview Theatre Company   
Director - Anna Herrmann   
Cast – Lisa-Marie Ashworth, Shona Babayemi, TerriAnn Cousins, Polly Frame, and Jade Small 
Producer (Clean Break) - Maya Ellis 
Producer (Prison Radio Association) - Perri Hurley 
Assistant Producer (Prison Radio Association) - Richie Makepeace 
Executive Producer (Prison Radio Association) - Andrew Wilkie

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