Everybody knows nobody has any money anymore. So what?
Deep in the Faraway Forest you’ll find Meal Ticket, devised by women with experience of the criminal justice system in collaboration with Cathy Naden of Forced Entertainment. From women surviving on the edges in the age of austerity, this semi autobiographical piece explores what it’s like when you have money... and what it’s like when you don’t.
Meal Ticket looks at secrets around money and trading, the shame around debt, the money we owe, and the people who chase us or judge us for our debt. The performers divulge the price tag on everything – from t-shirt and jeans, to how much it costs to style their hair, their bodies – to debts of another kind, like managing the aftermath of addiction on the body. Meal Ticket explores the performers’ experiences of extreme hardship in an overtly autobiographical way; the kind of stories that they tell make you wonder how they are still alive, and here they are, talking about the loss of what’s known, what we count on, and what we envisage as the future of our lives, with one dodgy karaoke machine in tow.
Performed by graduates of Clean Break’s Education programme, Sarah Jane Dent, Eddy Emenike and Sonya Hale, Meal Ticket premiered at Latitude Festival on 19 and 20 July, 2014, to an audience of approximately 170 people.
Eddy is an actor and singe. She has performed extensively with Clean Break including THROUGH THIS MIST (2021), MEAL TICKET (Latitude, 2015) and SWEATBOX (UK Tour, 2015). She also appeared in SEE ME NOW and TWELFTH NIGHT at the Young Vic and has released an album and 2 singles with EMI.
Sonya joined Clean Break as a Member in 2011. She wrote a short play for the company in 2013, HOURS TIL MIDNIGHT, and was given a full length commission the same year. She performed in MEAL TICKET for Clean Break at Latitude Festival in 2014 and her latest play, BLIS-TA, has been made into an audio drama.
Sonya has had plays performed at The Southbank Centre, Latitude Festival, E15 University and in prisons and treatment centres. She has worked with Synergy Theatre Project, Clean Break Theatre Company and The Outside Edge Theatre Company. She runs writer’s workshops and is an associate workshop facilitator at Outside Edge. A rehearsed reading of her first play GLORY WHISPERS was performed at Theatre 503 after winning Synergy Theatre Project’s national prison scriptwriting competition, her play DEAN MCBRIDE won the Heretic Voices competition in January 2018 and was performed at The Arcola Theatre. Her most recent play, BULLET TONGUE, was a collaborative venture with The Big House Theatre Company and received 5 star reviews in Time Out and Stage Magazine.
Sonya died in November 2020 after having lived with cancer for a number of years.
“Powerful, wonderfully brave, moving theatre”
'It’s raw, emotional theatre but the wonderful, fresh setting and the evident delight the actors took in performing to a big crowd made it memorable.'
Isabel Berwick - Financial Times