Fun Palaces is a campaign for culture that everyone can join – combining arts and sciences, welcoming and free, at the heart of communities. Clean Break’s Fun Palace features a new play devised by students on our education programme with acclaimed playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and musical director Suzy Davies, looking at secrets past and open futures, drawing on the history of our building in Kentish Town and the residents who have lived and worked here over the years.
A note from the director
What a dramatic journey...in devising this piece, we have shared as much drama in the rehearsal room as we will share with you on stage today! It has been a unique and creative experience. This cast of twelve supported by the extraordinary talents of Morgan and Suzy have worked with dedication and commitment to create this piece entitled This is Where We're From. It has been an example of collaboration in its purest form. To have worked intensely with these twelve women - women who have given so generously - has been privilege. Equally, this opportunity to give voice to our historical fore-mothers has been an honour.
The Fun Palaces project has given us the opportunity to reflect upon what Clean Break means for all the women who have contributed to making our company what it is today. Amusingly, as we began to pull the piece together, we realised that the result was not necessarily ‘fun’ in the straightforward meaning of the word, and in the way that ‘Fun Palace’ might suggest!
However, we had a fun time creating this work and we hope that the enthusiasm and joy of the cast will engage, celebrate, and shine brightly - and that ultimately we will have created a piece of 'good theatre [that] draws the energies out of the place where it is and gives it back as joie de vivre.’ - Joan Littlewood.
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.