Clean Break presents There Are Mountains by Chloë Moss
Out for the day. Out for good. I feel like it's tattooed on my forehead.
Six women share a room in a prison dormitory. Rae reads poetry, Mo thinks she is going to die, Margaret writes letters, Sonia watches loud television, and Julia copes with sarcasm. Catherine tries to get ready. Preparing for release: town visits, home visits, pep talks and nerves; the stakes are high and expectations mounting for Catherine and the people in her life.
Acclaimed actor Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life, Fresh Meat) joins a cast of eight residents at HM Prison & YOI Askham Grange to perform a play created for them by award-winning playwright Chloë Moss. There Are Mountains is a new play set at the moment of release from prison and the impact on one woman, her family and her community.
HMP & YOI Askham Grange is a women's prison, located in the village of Askham Richard in North Yorkshire. It is one of only two female open prisons, and facilitates a comprehensive resettlement regime for long and, increasingly, short-stay residents. The Governor Diane Pellew says "Key to the delivery of this regime and of primary focus to Askham Grange is the maintenance of decent and respectful relationships between all who live, work and visit there, and the community benefit of pro-social modeling. Support in achieving positive family relationships and learning is provided in parallel with educational and work skills and personal development. We are proud to host this event in the establishment and hope everyone enjoys the experience".
Clean Break is a women's theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. The company delivers a year-round programme of theatre productions, new writing projects and drama-based education from its North London studios and in women's prisons, alongside professional development and training. Recent productions include Rebecca Prichard's Dream Pill (Edinburgh Festival 2011 and touring), Sam Holcroft's Dancing Bears and Chloë Moss's Fatal Light (Latitude 2011), Charged, written by six of the UK's foremost contemporary playwrights in 2010, revived as Re-Charged in 2011 (Soho Theatre), and it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now by Lucy Kirkwood (Arcola Theatre, 2009, for which the writer was joint winner of The Whiting Award supported by Peter Wolff Theatre Trust). Writers currently under commission to the company include Katie Hims and Vivienne Franzmann.
Chloë Moss's credits include Fatal Light (presented as part of Charged in 2010 and Re-Charged in 2011 at Soho Theatre) and This Wide Night (winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, for Clean Break at Soho Theatre in 2008 and revived in 2009; US production by Naked Angels in 2009), A Day in Dull Armour (winner of the Royal Court Young Writers' Festival 2004), How Love is Spelt (opening at the Bush Theatre prior to a US première at the Summer Play Festival 2005 in New York), Christmas is Miles Away (Manchester Royal Exchange and Bush Theatre), The Way Home (Liverpool Everyman) and Catch (Royal Court, written collaboratively with four other playwrights). She has been a Writer in Residence at the Bush and with Paines Plough and also writes for television, including a live retelling of Frankenstein for BBC3 in March 2011.
HM Prison & YOI Askham Grange
HM Prison & YOI Askham Grange
Askham Richard, York YO23 3FT
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|