Not Pretty Like The Rainbow — Clean Break



Not Pretty Like The Rainbow

Written by Daisy King
Directed by Anna Herrmann
1 January 2020 – 31 March 2020
Written by Daisy King
Directed by Anna Herrmann

Not Pretty Like The Rainbow can be booked for your staff or service user meetings, conferences and events. The stand alone play is 20 minutes, but it can also be accompanied by a workshop/ discussion. 

If you'd like to find out more about bringing Not Pretty Like The Rainbow to your organisation contact Mimi Findlay, Producer -

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Not Pretty Like The Rainbow

1 January 2020 – 31 March 2020

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.

Who is the play for?

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:

  • A high quality and thought provoking theatrical experience
  • A platform to explore issues around imprisonment and the alternatives
  • An opportunity to reflect on and improve professional practice
  • Strategies to improve outcomes when working with adults in vulnerable circumstances 
What are the technical requirements?
  • Playing space required - flexible
  • Set - three chairs
  • On the road - company of 4
  • Running time - 20 minute
What is the project timeline?

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 

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Cast and Creatives

Nicci Durkan
A / 66

Annette O'Sullivan
C / 46

Katy Sage
B / 7

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Kirstin Shirling
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