Clean Break commissioned playwright Chloë Moss in 2006. As part of her research, Chloë ran workshops in Her Majesty’s Prison Cookham Wood alongside Lucy Morrison, Clean Break’s Head of Artistic Programme and Director of This Wide Night. Chloë’s work with the women prisoners was a starting point for This Wide Night. The play has been performed at Soho Theatre, London, in 2008 and 2009, at regional theatres in England and at the following prisons: HMP Peterborough, HMP Askham Grange, HMP East Sutton Park and HMP Morton Hall. The 2009 remount at Soho Theatre starred Zawe Ashton as Marie and Maureen Beattie as Lorraine. In 2009 Chloë Moss won the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for This Wide Night.
‘This Wide Night certainly raises questions about the failure of society to re-accept those it has previously condemned, yet also touches more universally on the unique bond formed between those multitudes of people who find everyday society an alien environment. Good two-handers are a real treat - and this is one of the best I’ve seen in a long while. ’ - Theo Bosanquet, What’s on Stage on Clean Break’s production of This Wide Night
'The acting is right up there with the best in this little play with a big, bruised heart.'
The Guardian - Lyn Gardner
'Zawe Ashton serves the tough, beautiful Marie's shifting registers of grudging affection, simmering resentment and streetwise nonchalance well.'
Dominic Cavendish - The Telegraph