Clean Break presents Hours til Midnight

Clean Break presents Hours til Midnight by Sonya Hale, the first Clean Break graduate to be commissioned to write a play for the company.

Performed by graduates of Clean Break’s education programme, this short play gives a unique view from the edge, exploring addiction, resilience and women’s relationship to crime and punishment. The play opens soon after Sonya Hale’s testimony of recovering from addiction moved HRH Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Hope House treatment centre in South London.

Two half-sisters share an upbringing, an inseparable bond, and a history of addiction. When Gizzy chooses to move on and start afresh, Meg has to decide whether joining her is the solution or if she should risk staying in a place riddled with bad associations and memories of using.

Clean Break uses theatre for personal and political change, producing award-winning plays and delivering a programme of drama-based education for women with experience of the criminal justice system. Sonya Hale is a graduate of Clean Break’s Writing for Theatre courses. She is currently developing plays for Synergy Theatre Project and Outside Edge Theatre company. She recently won Synergy Theatre Project’s Write Now III playwriting competition, and a reading of her play Glory Whispers was performed at the main stage at the Royal Court in January 2013.

The play is performed by former Clean Break students Jennifer Joseph (who recently appeared in the Donmar Theatre’s acclaimed, all-female production of Julius Caesar), Sarah Cowan and Cydney Denton. Clean Break is proud of recent student progression, including Carrie Rock’s casting in the Donmar’s Julius Caesar alongside Jennifer Joseph.

Prior to the Women of the World performance, Hours til Midnight was performed at an event hosted by mental health charity Together to launch its new guide ‘A common sense approach to working with women with health and wellbeing needs in the criminal justice system’ (26 February). It is planned to be presented in criminal justice settings and at festivals during 2013.

Listings details
Venue Southbank Centre, London
Dates + time 11.30am, Saturday 9 March
Box office
Tickets WoW day pass: £12 / WoW 3 day pass: £30

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