Three women, known only as 66, 7 and 46, have their lives derailed by short sentences which put their housing, families and mental health at risk. Now, it’s finally time to tell their stories.
At a time when short sentences have been widely recognised as ineffective, Daisy King asks what this means for the women who are still serving time for six months or less and offers audiences some alternatives to consider.
This short play is written and performed by women with experience or on the fringes of the criminal justice system and makes an engaging and impactful contribution for conferences, seminars or training events.
Clean Break has toured this unique type of work for the past decade to great acclaim. It is of interest to criminal justice agencies, women’s organisations, policymakers, probation services, Universities, (particularly criminology and theatre courses), service users and staff working with women in the criminal justice system at conferences, seminars and/or as part of staff training sessions.
The 20 minute play can be stand alone or accompanied by a workshop/discussion enabling audiences to explore in more detail the issues raised by the play and is suitable for larger staff or service user meetings, conferences and events.
Through the performance/workshop,delegates will be given:
Available for bookings from January to March 2020
The package will be tailored for your event. We also offer an extended training version of Not Pretty Like the Rainbow for smaller staff teams - if you feel this would better suit your organisation please do get in touch.
"Not Pretty Like a Rainbow grew from the personal stories and experiences shared by women of Clean Break; sharing with me the consequences and repercussions that short term sentences had on their lives.
Feeling the enormity of exploring the large and important subject area and at a time of such pinnacle far-reaching and profound change, I chose to focus on the individual stories of three women, and although fictional, all are drawn and inspired by the conversations. Most inspiring was the incredible wit and intelligence with which they were told which quickly became the vertebrae of the play"
-Daisy King, Playwright
Anna Herrmann is Joint Artistic Director of Clean Break. She has been working in the field of theatre and social change for twenty-seven years, specialising in theatre and education with marginalised groups in the UK and abroad. She has been with Clean Break since 2002 as the Head of Education, leading the company’s award-winning work with women in the criminal justice system and women at risk of entering it. Anna is co-author of Making a Leap: Theatre of Empowerment: A Practical Handbook for Creative Drama Work with Young People (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She has an MA in Arts Education from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a PG Cert (Distinction) in Race and Ethnic relations. She is a regular visiting lecturer on Applied Theatre courses at Universities across the Country and between 2006 and 2018 was a trustee of Leap Confronting Conflict; a UK based national charity specialising in youth and conflict. Anna is the co-chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and is also a trained coach and regularly mentors artists in participatory settings.
For Clean Break she has directed NOT PRETTY LIKE THE RAINBOW (2020) and SWEATBOX (tour 2019-2020 and film).
TerriAnn most recently devised and performed in INSIDE BITCH (Clean Break/Royal Court, 2019) and was Assistant Director for NOT PRETTY LIKE THE RAINBOW (Clean Break UK tour 2019). Terri Ann has appeared in GRASS and KILLING TIME (BBC, 2004), STEALING LIVES (Channel 4, 2004), RABBIT FEVER (feature film, 2006) and TRAUMA (feature film, 2004).