Clean Break is delighted to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 2016 with two explosive plays about the need to be seen.
HOUSE by Somalia Seaton
Pat returns to her childhood home after a five year absence, ready to forgive her mother. But first she needs acknowledgement of the neglect she suffered at the hands of a woman who believed she was only ever following the teachings of her close-knit Nigerian church - and the word of God. Somalia Seaton’s HOUSE is an explosive new play about family, culture clashes, memory and truth.
AMONGST THE REEDS by Chino Odimba
Oni and Gillian have made their home in a disused office block, finding dangerous ways to stay hidden without the authorities catching up with them. But now Gillian is heavily pregnant and visibility might be the only way to give her baby a chance. Chino Odimba’s AMONGST THE REEDS follows two friends struggling in the shadows.
Róisín has over fifteen years experience as a theatre director working in the UK, Ireland and internationally. Previously the Joint Artistic Director for Clean Break, for the company she has directed THICK AS THEIVES (Theatr Clwyd), JOANNE (Soho Theatre and RSC) and HOUSE/AMONGST THE REEDS (Yard Theatre).
Amongst others, Róisín has directed for The Abbey Theatre in Dublin (A TASTE OF HONEY/NO ESCAPE/ PERVE/HEARTBREAK HOUSE, The Gate Theatre Dublin (THE SNAPPER), Sheffield Theatres (AFTERPLAY’), Leeds Playhouse (YERMA), The Tricycle (THE FIELD) and as Associate Director for Sherman Theatre (BEFORE IT RAINS, SLEEPING BEAUTIES and IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR).
Her awards include the Quercus Award (National Theatre) and the Young Vic Jerwood Young Directors' Award. She has been nominated for the Irish Times Best Director Award.
'Róisín McBrinn’s direction brings out the resonances between the two plays, which both feature strong performances by a talented cast. Seaton and Odimba’s plays deftly combine the domestic with the political: Clean Break’s double bill demands to be watched.'
Hannah Greenstreet - ThreeWeeks
'The performances from these three, that simply ooze with life and power, can’t be praised enough.'
Irene Brown - Edinburgh Guide