Chloë Moss’s Clean Break play is transformed into an electric adaptation for the screen.
Three women sit in a prison van outside HMP Bronzefield, each caught up in their own worlds as they anticipate what’s next. Sweatbox offers a glimpse into the experience of women as they are pulled away from their lives and transported to prison.
Chloë Moss’s highly original Clean Break play has toured the UK in a prison van since its premiere at the Latitude Festival in 2015 and has been transformed into an electric adaptation for the screen.
Sweatbox is directed by Anna Herrmann, performed by Clean Break Members Funke Adeleke, Jade Small, Posy Sterling and Sarah-Jane Dent and produced by Quiet Storm, founders of Create Not Hate.
Director - Anna Herrmann
Screenplay - Chloë Moss
Producer - Clancie Brennan
Executive Producer - Rania Robinson
Associate Producer – Maya Ellis
Associate Producer - Emily Wolley
Director of Photography - Sara Deane
Editor - Vathana Suganya Suppiah
First Assistant Director - Anna Saracka
Focus Puller - Ash Lang Wen Li
Focus Puller - Laura Van De Hel
2nd AC - Ash Lang Wen Li
2nd AC - Anastasiya Cherkasyuk
Camera trainee - Samara Addai
Camera trainee - Iona Greaves
DIT - Ellie Bright
Sound Recordist - Lucy Pickering
Gaffer - Marina Lewin
Electrician - Lorene Desportes
Production Designer - Ruth Crawford
Art Director - Franche McArdle
Art Department Assistant - Lucy Fraser
Hair and Make up Designer - Danielle Farrington
Make up Assistant - Jasmine Wratislaw
Runner – Ann Whitley
Runner - Cindy Brennan
Covid Officer - Cassandra Galiwango
Catering - Masie Barlow
Catering - Dolores Carbonari
Composer - Claire Batchelor
Sound Designer - Sue Malpass
Post Producer - Dionne Archibald
Post Production Assistant - Shannen Ward
Colourist - Katie Dymmock
Sweatbox is supported by the AHRC via the Women, Theatre, Justice research project.
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).
Chloë is a playwright and screenwriter. Her theatre credits include: SWEATBOX (Clean Break, 2015 & 2019), RUN SISTER RUN (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre/Sheffield Theatres, 2019), FATAL LIGHT (Soho Theatre, 2010 & 2011), THIS WIDE NIGHT (Clean Break/Soho Theatre & Off Broadway, 2008, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn prize), CATCH (Royal Court, 2006) and HOW LOVE IS SPELT (Bush Theatre, 2004, & New York’s Summer Play Festival, 2005). She is currently under commission to the Royal Court and Headlong Theatre.
Funke is an actor muscian who was a lead singer in a band called London Afrobeat Collective for 4 years where she won the Best Black British award in 2015 after releasing an album called Food Chain.
She studied at Royal Central school of Speech and Drama. She is also a member of Clean Break where she won her bursary to study at Central.
She has been working in the industry consistently since leaving Central in 2017.
She has been in numerous commercials, most notably the Just Eat advert, an R&D with Wretched Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Greaea Theatre.
Jade Small is an actor. She has been a Member of Clean Break since 2013. She won a bursary to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and was awarded a Diploma in Acting. In 2014 she starred in FRIENDTIMACY by Stacey Gregg: the curtain-raiser for Phyllida Lloyd’s critically acclaimed Henry IV at The Donmar Warehouse. She has been in all three national tours of SWEATBOX (201, 2019 and 2020) and the 2020 film adaptation. In 2019 she devised and performed in INSIDE BITCH (Royal Court).
Posy is an actor and singer. She trained at Italia Conti Acting and through Clean Break’s Young Artist Development Programme during which she co-created and performed in BELONG (Arcola & Lyric Hammersmith, 2019). She also performed in Clean Break’s UK Tour of SWEATBOX (2019). She was a singer with the Amy Winehouse Foundation on their first album released in 2015 with Island Records.
Sarah has been in several Clean Break productions including BACK TO THE FUTURE, NIGHT SHIFT, CESSPOLL, HEAR, MEAL TICKET and THERE ARE MOUNTAINS. Her credits include: LET THERE BE LOVE (My Dad Productions, 2020), CHANGE (Union theatre, 2019), CYWIFE (champ dog films, 2019), ZINA (Vault Fesitval, 2018). She was also in the company for The Donmar Warehouse's All-Female SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY (2016).
Quiet Storm are a creative agency and production company who look to transform businesses, lives and society through creativity.
Creativity born from meaningful and powerful insights and long-lasting strategy.
Ideas that can live anywhere and everywhere and have the ability to emotionally connect with people to change the way they think, feel and behave.
They are a the founders of Create Not Hate a well known non-profit Community Interest Company, whose aim is to help marginalised inner city young people – who come from similar backgrounds to Trevor – unlock their creative potential, whilst also addressing social issues they live with everyday. Their ambition is to make under-represented young people aware of the opportunities in the creative industries. They seek to create pathways to creative careers through hands on experiences of all aspects of the creative process. Alongside that, we are providing much needed awareness and education around devastating social issues that have a negative impact on society as a whole.
Their view is that greater levels of education on these issues will result in positive social change.
The programme consists of live briefs and workshops that result in work being produced as it would be in a real life work environment.