A Clean Break and Sheffield Theatres production
In a specialised unit inside a prison, a group of women discover the music of punk rock band The Slits and form their own group. An outlet for their frustration, they find remedy in revolution. But in a system that suffocates, can rebellion ever be allowed?
Part-gig, part-play, Typical Girls is funny, fierce and furious.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is the writer behind The Globe hit Emilia which transferred to the West End in 2019. She has written a number of plays for Hampstead Theatre, The Old Vic, Lyric Hammersmith, Firehouse Productions and Clean Break.
Her new play Mum will premiere at Soho Theatre this autumn. Current screen work includes an original treatment for Gaumont, an untitled book adaptation for Gaumont/Moonage and two episodes of a comedy drama for Merman Films. She is also under commission to adapt both Emilia and The Wasp as feature films.
Some of the themes in Typical Girls might be challenging to engage with, especially if you are personally affected. For this reason, we have created a self-care guide which will help you look after yourself, whilst you’re at the theatre or watching the live stream at home.
This production was originally co-commissioned by Clean Break with the Royal Shakespeare Company who also contributed to its early development.
Morgan is a playwright and screenwriter. Her theatre credits include: EMILIA (The Globe, 2018/West End Transfer,2019/ International Tour, 2019), THE WASP (Hampstead Theatre/ Trafalgar Studios, 2015) and BELONGINGS (Hampstead Theatre, 2011). She has co-written several acclaimed immersive site-specific plays with Katie Lyons including YOU ONCE SAID YES, ABOVE AND BEYOND and ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS. She is under commission with Headlong and her play TYPICAL GIRLS, commissioned by Clean Break, is set to open at Sheffield Theatres.
Róisín is Joint Artistic Director of Clean Break. She has over fifteen years experience as a theatre director working in the UK, Ireland and internationally. For Clean Break she has directed THICK AS THEIVES (Theatr Clwyd), JOANNE (Soho Theatre and RSC) and HOUSE/AMONGST THE REEDS (Yard Theatre).
Amongst others, Róisín has directed for The Abbey Theatre in Dublin (A TASTE OF HONEY/NO ESCAPE/ PERVE/HEARTBREAK HOUSE, The Gate Theatre Dublin (THE SNAPPER), Sheffield Theatres (AFTERPLAY’), Leeds Playhouse (YERMA), The Tricycle (THE FIELD) and as Associate Director for Sherman Theatre (BEFORE IT RAINS, SLEEPING BEAUTIES and IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR).
Her awards include the Quercus Award (National Theatre) and the Young Vic Jerwood Young Directors' Award. She has been nominated for the Irish Times Best Director Award.
THEATRE: Women Beware Women (Shakespeare's Globe), Persuasion (Royal Exchange), The Low Road (Royal Court), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/St Ann's Warehouse, New York), Earthquakes In London (National/Headlong).
TELEVISION: This Is Going To Hurt (BBC), Flowers (Channel 4/Netflix), Hetty Feather (CBBC), Josh (BBC), Horne and Corden (BBC).
FILM: The Darkest Universe, Black Pond.
Lucy is a writer, actor and visual artist. She was recently in Clean Break’s production of [BLANK] at Donmar Warehouse (2019) and devised and performed in INSIDE BITCH (Clean Break/Royal Court, 2018).
Theatre includes: RUN SISTER RUN (Sheffield Theatres/Paines Plough/Soho); MACBETH (Royal Exchange Theatre); TOP GIRLS (National Theatre); JUBILEE (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange Theatre); KINGDOM COME, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: PLAY FOR THE NATION (RSC); THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (Donmar Warehouse); GROUNDED, THE CHRISTIANS, TROJAN WOMEN, TENET (The Gate); WORLD FACTORY (Metis Arts/Young Vic/New Wolsey); MAD MAN (Theatre Royal Plymouth); MONEY: THE GAMESHOW (Clare Duffy/Unlimited Theatre/The Bush); OH THE HUMANITY! (AND OTHER GOOD INTENTIONS) (Northern Stage/Soho); PRESUMPTION (Third Angel); #TORYCORE (Forest Fringe/The Arches/BAC/Gate); LAND WITHOUT WORDS, THE SUN SETS EIGHT TIMES A DAY (Suite42); ABOUT FRANCOIS (Suite42/El Hakawati); HUSSEIN (Suite42/Zoukak).
Alison is from Cardiff and is based in Bristol. She trained at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Acting.
Theatre credits include: Dr Faustess: A Musical with Demons (The Cockpit), Take That's - The Band Musical (UK Tour and Westend), Horrible Histories (Westend, UK and International Tour), Gangsta Granny (UK Tour), Alice's Adventures Underground (Olivier Nominated, Waterloo Vaults).
TV/Film credits include: Stuffed (Winner of Best Perfomer - North Bend Film Festival), Deceit (Channel 4), The Offenders (BBC and Amazon), Tea Time (Kodak Competition), Haunted Antiques Roadshow (The Hook), Paranoid Psychic (Natwest), Macbeth (All around the World).
Assistant Directing credits include: David Walliams' Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny (UK Tour) and Horrible Christmas (The Lowry, Salford).
Lara graduated with a BA in Acting degree from RADA in 2020.
Credits include: Living Newspaper (Edition 6)
Theatre whilst training includes: Kent in King Lear, Storm in Mysterious Bruises, Marge Murray/DJ Shadow/Judge/Shannon in The Laramie Project and Nancy in Frozen (by Bryony Lavery).
Eddy is an actor and singe. She has performed extensively with Clean Break including THROUGH THIS MIST (2021), MEAL TICKET (Latitude, 2015) and SWEATBOX (UK Tour, 2015). She also appeared in SEE ME NOW and TWELFTH NIGHT at the Young Vic and has released an album and 2 singles with EMI.
Carrie is an actor and Member of Clean Break. She is currently doing a Master's Degree in Acting (Classical) at The Royal Central School of Speach and Drama. Her theatre credits include: Faith, Hope and Charity (National Theatre), Blackout (Synergy Theatre Project, Ovalhouse Theatre), Rising (Cardboard Citizens), Shell and Davey At The Start And The End (The Vaults), And Yet It Moves (Young Vic Theatre), Sweatbox (UK Tour), Girls Like That (Synergy Theatre Project, Unicorn Theatre), Seventeen Minutes (Clean Break/Soho Theatre), Pastoral (Soho Theatre), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/St Ann's Warehouse, New York).
Recent designs include: The Third Day (Punchdrunk, HBO/Sky), The Isle of Brimsker, 2065, A Night Out in Nature (Frozen Light), A Curious Quest, Punchdrunk Bus (Punchdrunk Enrichment), Drive-Thru (Blink Dance Theatre), MSND (Rift), The Forest of Forgotten Discos (Contact Theatre), The Redux Project (Richard Dedomenici, BAC/BBC), The Hollow Hotel (DifferencEngine), You’ve Changed, Big Girl’s Blouse (TransCreative), Princess Charming (Spun Glass), Cosi Fan Tutte (Bury Court Opera), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Two Worlds of Charlie F (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Bridges y Puentes (Ragroof Players), WOW Everything is Amazing, Fire in the Machine (Sounds Like Chaos), This is Not a Safe Space, My Heart is Hitchhiking (Big Feast), Henry V, Shelf Life (Theatre Delicatessen), L’Orfeo, La Boheme, Dido and Aeneas (Silent Opera)
45North champions, develops, and produces outstanding work by female-identifying and non-binary artists. Founded in 2019 and led by the very best creative teams from a variety of performing and producing backgrounds, 45North continues to reinvest in emerging artists who are beginning and expanding their practices. 45North commits to maintaining creative teams of no less than 75% female-identifying or non-binary people, working to bring inclusive and exciting new theatre and events to London, Edinburgh, across the UK and internationally. Selected credits include Post-Mortem by Iskandar Sharazuddin (Edinburgh, The Blue Room, and Holden Street Theatre), (un)written (un)heard devised by the company and directed by Jessica Rose McVay (FRINGE WORLD- Winner of the Physical Theatre and Dance Award), MEAT by Gillian Greer (Theatre503), Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me by Amy Trigg (Kiln) and You Buy Me by Ahlam (Edinburgh International Festival).
''gloriously noisy and messy salute to female individuality’’
The Times, Typical Girls review
“a thought-provoking, dynamic theatrical experience, supported by an excellent cast who not only act with conviction but play the punk music like professionals."
British Theatre Guide, Typical Girls review
The Stage, Typical Girls review
"joy and energy that is undeniable’’
The Guardian, Typical Girls review
"Having had some experience of the criminal justice system, I can vouch that it’s both authentic and thought provoking."
Yorkshire Times, Typical Girls review
"It is political, uncomfortable and necessary. But most of all, it is so much fun."
Angelo Irving on Typical Girls