This is Where We're From: Clean Break's Fun Palace

Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, devised with the ensemble and musical director Suzy Davies
Directed by Vishni Velada-Billson
5 October 2014 – 5 October 2014

Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, devised with the ensemble and musical director Suzy Davies
Directed by Vishni Velada-Billson

Clean Break
Running time 40 minutes

Designer: Freyja Costelloe

This is Where We're From: Clean Break's Fun Palace

5 October 2014 – 5 October 2014

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 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.

Cast and Creatives

Vishni Velada-Billson – Director

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm – Writer

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Freyja Costelloe – Designer

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Suzy Davies – Musical Director

Our People

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Head of Participation
Claire Stone
Heritage Project Manager
Demi Wilson-Smith
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Assistant Producer

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