House + Amongst the Reeds

House + Amongst the Reeds

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


HOUSE by Somalia Seaton

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. Somalia Seaton’s House is an explosive new play about family, culture clashes, memory and truth.


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. Chino Odimba’s Amongst the Reeds follows two friends struggling in the shadows.

Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, Clean Break continues to inspire playwrights around the complex theme of women and crime – enlightening and entertaining audiences.

Integral to this is the company’s long-established theatre-based education and training programme enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment.

Critic reviews

An impressive, absorbing and intimate double bill… every word compels… a moving work of unmistakable integrity and not to be missed.

The Guardian

The excellent Clean Break…electric performances…a spiky, stirring piece with dialogue that bounces effortlessly.

The Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 1 Sep - Sat 17 Sep, Mon - Sat at 8pm.


Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick E9 5EN London, UK · Get Directions

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