Clean Break, which works with women with experience of the justice system, has produced some stunning plays and played a major role in the careers of rising female playwrights from Chloe Moss to Lucy Kirkwood, Alice Birch to Chinonyerem Odimba. Diary of a Hounslow Girl writer Ambreen Razia lands at the Bush to tell of Leila who has lived happily with her grandmother Noor while her mother, Aleena, has been in prison. Now Aleena is back and she is changing all the rules that Noor has put in place. As Leila’s life is turned inside out, she discovers the family's hidden secrets. It’s co-directed by Clean Break’s artistic director, Roisin McBrinn, who has just been appointed artistic director of Dublin’s iconic Gate Theatre.
Leila is happy living at home with Noor, her loving but traditional grandmother. When Aleena, her fiercely independent mother, returns home from prison determined to deliver a new world of fun and excitement, their calm lives are upended in a blur of nail varnish and sweet treats. Family secrets come tumbling into the light, and Leila finds deciding on her future more difficult than she first thought. Favour is a touching and hopeful family drama that tackles duty, addiction and the battle of putting yourself back together. Writer of Diary of a Hounslow Girl Ambreen Razia’s remarkable new play, tells a strikingly frank story of a working-class Muslim family in a way you’ve never seen before on stage. Age Recommendation: 14+