Sweatbox — Clean Break




Written by Chloë Moss
Directed by Anna Herrmann and originally conceived by Imogen Ashby
14 March 2020 – 14 March 2020

Dates & Booking

Essex Book Festival Firstsite, Colchester
14 March 2020
Written by Chloë Moss
Directed by Anna Herrmann and originally conceived by Imogen Ashby

Running time 15 minutes

Sweatbox is performed in a real prison van, to audiences of up to 12 at a time, and is currently taking bookings at theatres, universities and community venues around the UK.

To book Sweatbox to be performed near you, please contact our producer Dezh Zhelyazkova dezh.zhelyazkova@cleanbreak.org.uk


14 March 2020 – 14 March 2020

Are we here?
Oi! What’s goin’ on?
Anyone there?

We’re at HMP Bronzefield. They do this. Stop the van outside the gates then leave you sat there like battery hens.

Chloë Moss’s Sweatbox invites you to enter the back of a prison van in which three women share their stories of arrival and anticipation as they are transported from court to prison, from prison to prison, from prison to court.

With special thanks to all those that supported Sweatbox by donating to the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018.


Previous performances
Latitude July 2015, National Theatre July 2015, York St John University October 2015, Chichester Festival Theatre June 2019, Clean Break June 2019, Snape Maltings August 2019, Royal Court September 2019, HOME September 2019.  

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Cast and Creatives

‘Like so much of this phenomenal company's activity, it's vital, humane work with real theatrical heft.’

The Stage, Sweatbox Latitude Review

‘[An] amazing piece, immersive. It takes you on a journey and you share an experience with those three women’

Audience member

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