“Intense and uncompromising... the quality of writing is intriguing throughout.”—WhatsOnStage
“Powerful... drives home the tragedy at the piece’s core.” —Time Out
“Both personal and universal.” —Exeunt
Five characters share a common thread: Joanne. But it’s not about her. It’s about Stella, whose tomorrow is as far away as winter from summer. It’s the way Grace finds her song on the footpath between two cars. It’s about Alice’s MBA wasted on plugging holes, Kath’s patients crawling alongside her after the night shift and it’s Becky caught in the crosshairs of what’s best and what’s right for her students.
But what about her? What about Joanne?
In Joanne, five of the most exciting voices in theater explore the pressures on our public services as one young woman buckles under pressures of her own.
The play comprises five interconnected short plays for a solo performer, written by Deborah Bruce, Theresa Ikoko, Laura Lomas, Chino Odimba and Ursula Rani Sarma.
Commissioned by Clean Break, Joanne premiered at Latitude Festival in 2015, before transferring to Soho Theatre, London.
Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theater could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, Clean Break continues to inspire playwrights around the complex theme of women and crime—enlightening and entertaining audiences. Integral to this, is the company’s long-established theater-based education and training program enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment.