Inside Bitch

Inside Bitch

Royal Court · 27 FEB - 23 MAR

“You’ve seen Orange is the New Black. You’ve seen Locked Up. You’ve seen Bad Girls. So, what have we got that’s different? Well, for one, we’ve been to prison.”

Lyn Gardner avatar
20 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“If you think Orange is the New Black tells the truth about women in the justice system, how about hearing it straight from the mouths of those who have been to prison? At this show’s messy beating heart is the real lived experience of the women on stage, yet the great thing about this show is that it doesn’t excavate those experiences for our entertainment but rather shows us these women as they are now.”

Overview

Created by women who aren’t second-guessing, Inside Bitch is a devised ensemble performance from Clean Break’s Members, a playful subversion of the representation of women in prison and how things aren’t quite as seen on TV.

“We’ve got the real shit, and trust me, it’s dark as fuck, and it will knock your socks off! “

Conceived by Stacey Gregg and Deborah Pearson, who both previously wrote for The Site Programme at the Royal Court, Inside Bitch is devised and performed by Clean Break Members Lucy Edkins, Jennifer Joseph, TerriAnn Oudjar and Jade Small. Clean Break and the Royal Court previously collaborated on 2014’s Pests.

Critic reviews

It’s just a shame that the quietest, clearest moments dotted throughout the piece are swallowed up by scenes that often come close to (unintentionally) unravelling

The Upcoming

Brave, hilarious, yet very slender

Arts Desk

Above all what the show succeeds in doing is making the women emerge as fully-rounded people. By the close, they are not defined by their experience of being in prison, but by their liveliness, their resilience, the sheer force of their personalities

WhatsOnStage

A subversive and funny riposte to the way women's prisons are portrayed in popular culture

Time Out

Verdict Exceptional comedy-drama about women in prison, made by women artists who have been to prison

The Stage

I walk away feeling like I love these women. Their reverse striptease as they put on blinged-out turquoise boiler suits which as it turns out, none of them donned in prison

Exeunt

Women's jail tale gets lost in translation

Evening Standard

Clean Break’s satirical look at the stereotypes around life in jail ends up undone by its own artifice

The Guardian

Clean Break are doing exceptional work: this is how applied theatre should be done

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 27 Feb - Sat 23 Mar, 3pm & 7.45pm

Venue

Royal Court
Sloane Square SW1W 8AS London, UK · Get Directions

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