Join us as we celebrate our 40 years with the launch of Rebel Voices: Monologues for Women, by Women
Clean Break celebrates 40 years of producing ground-breaking women writers and writing by its Members with an anthology of 40 monologues from 40 Clean Break voices. Including monologues by Alice Birch, Theresa Ikoko, Lucy Kirkwood, Bryony Lavery and Winsome Pinnock this anthology, goes some way to embodying Clean Break's extraordinary canon and offers an exceptional resource for women actors of all ages.
To mark the release of the anthology, Clean Break will host an evening of readings highlighting the rich tapestry of Clean Break’s history of working with some of the most vibrant, daring women writers in British society, as performed by some of the UK’s most treasured women actors. Cast includes Jackie Clune, Michelle Greenidge, Jennifer Joseph, Ann Mitchell and Lia Williams.
Jacqueline studied drama in Birmingham and worked for several years as a professional actor. She met Jenny Hicks in a maximum-security wing at Durham prison where they attempted to stage theatre in the bleak exercise yard. They were both later transferred to Askham Grange open prison near York where, thanks to an enlightened governor, they were able to set up a thriving theatre workshop. After release they met up again at the Royal Court theatre in London and planned the formation of Clean Break. With the support of governor Susan McCormick, they were able to contact members of the 20 strong Askham workshop group with the aim of taking the newly launched Clean Break to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1979.
Jacqueline worked extensively with Clean Break for seven years before becoming resident playwright at the Bush Theatre in London where she had three award winning plays performed. In recent years Jacqueline has worked mainly as a television scriptwriter.
Recently, Jennifer starred as the Lead Fury in Lucy Kirkwood’s MARYLAND (Royal Court). Written in just two days as a reaction to the case of Sarah Everard, MARYLAND is a visceral exploration of violence against women. Earlier in 2021, Jennifer starred as Shiloh in the chorus of PARADISE (National Theatre), Kae Tempest’s widely lauded, all-female version of the classic Greek drama Sophocles. In 2019 Jennifer devised and performed in INSIDE BITCH (Royal Court), a playful subversion of the representation of women in prison and how things aren’t quite as seen on TV. Jennifer also worked with Phyllida Lloyd on a series of three Shakespeare productions: THE TEMPEST, HENRY IV and JULIUS CAESAR (Donmar Warehouse). Jennifer’s other credits include roles in Netflix’s TOP BOY Season 2, PATIENTS OF A SAINT, and HONEYTRAP. She is also due to appear in the upcoming feature film I USED TO BE FAMOUS.