Are we here?
Oi! What’s goin’ on?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
‘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’