Written by Sonya Hale
Directed by Róisín McBrinn
18 May 2021 – 31 July 2021

Blis-ta, a new audio drama by Sonya Hale. 

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Written by Sonya Hale
Directed by Róisín McBrinn

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Please note that the moments that mention artists' music are not included in the audio recording. They are included here to convey the feeling and style of music.


18 May 2021 – 31 July 2021

Kat and Cherry meet on the streets. Kat is wily, funny, and fierce; Cherry is a lost dreamer. Blis-ta is the story of their adventures to survive as homeless girls and the transformative power of friendship.

Written by the late Sonya Hale, who was a Clean Break Member, it is a visceral, bold and startling audio drama about hidden homelessness and the lengths women go to for survival.

A wild celebration of resilience, it will spin you through a mesh of joy, chaos and beauty.

Listen to the audio drama, with an introduction from Lucy Kirkwood on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts.

We’re delighted to be sharing Blis-ta with you for free. If you enjoy this unflinching audio drama, then please consider supporting Clean Break by becoming a Friend.

From £5 a month, your support will help us produce ground-breaking theatre and transform women’s lives so they can reach their full potential, free from criminalisation.

Our thanks to Dominic Bilkey, Suzanne Diakun, Bertie Carvel, Holly Conneely, Jessica Dromgoole, Sarah Fortescue, Abigail Gonda, Sarah Kenny, Jeremy Mortimer, Lucy Morrison, Rufus Norris, the National Theatre and Elisha Sessions.

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Cast and Creatives

Sonya Hale – Writer

Róisín McBrinn – Director

Ambreen Razia – Cast

Ria Zmitrowicz – Cast

Gill Greer

Gillian Greer – Dramaturg

Mimi Findlay Clean Break

Mimi Findlay – Producer

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Helen Skiera – Composer and Sound Designer

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"Ambreen Razia, as Kat, and Ria Zmitrowicz, as Cherry, reflect the helter-skelter energy and passion of Hale’s lyrical script, which is written in urban patois and seems to relish the rhythmic beauty
The Guardian


"fierce, frenetic energy and infectious chemistry...[Blis-ta] crackles with visceral power."
The Stage


"a stunning audio performance which opens the door to voices and stories we hardly hear of."
A Younger Theatre

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