Amongst the Reeds by Chino Odimba
House by Somalia Seaton
Yard Theatre
1 - 17 Sept 2016

Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman in Dream of The Dog Amongst the Reeds by Chino Odimba + House by Somalia Seaton

Two explosive plays in a double bill produced by Clean Break.

Clean Break transfers a Double-Bill of plays from two fresh voices to The Yard Theatre, following its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Chino Odimba and Somalia Seaton tell stories of survival and the need to be heard in two plays bursting with humanity, humour and power.

Directed by Róisín McBrinn (Head of Artistic Programme at Clean Break), design is by Rachael Canning (co-founder and designer of The Wrong Crowd), lighting by Olivier and TMA Award winner Natasha Chivers, and sound by regular Clean Break collaborator Becky Smith. The cast is Michelle Greenidge, Shvorne Marks, Rebecca Omogbehin and Jan Le.

  • Chino Odimba’s Amongst the Reeds follows two friends struggling in the shadows. Oni and Gillian have made their home in a disused office block, finding dangerous ways to stay hidden without the authorities catching up with them. But now Gillian is heavily pregnant and visibility might be the only way to give her baby a chance.

  • Somalia Seaton’s House is an explosive new play about family, culture clashes, memory and truth. Pat returns to her childhood home after a five year absence, ready to forgive her mother. But first she needs acknowledgement of the neglect she suffered at the hands of a woman who believed she was only ever following the teachings of her close-knit Nigerian church - and the word of God.

Chino Odimba and Somalia Seaton have been on attachment to Clean Break through its Emerging Writers’ Programme since 2015. They are commissioned by and connected to some of the UK’s leading new writing companies and have been shortlisted and nominated for prestigious awards including the Bruntwood Prize and the Alfred Fagon Award.

Clean Break uses theatre to transform the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system. It commissions and produces plays telling their hidden stories and runs a theatre-based Education Programme in prisons and at its North London studios.

Info: Amongst the Reeds by Chino Odimba and House by Somalia Seaton are at the Yard Theatre, Unit 2a Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN from 1 - 17 Sept 2016 | Book tickets

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