Theatre Preview: Typical Girls is bringing the noise to the Crucible stage

Typical Girls is a play created by Sheffield Theatres and Clean Break, written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and featuring the music of influential all-female punk band The Slits. The show is billed as part-gig, part-play and promises a funny, fierce and furious live performance.

Set in a mental health unit inside a prison, a group of women discover the music of punk rock band The Slits and form their own group. An outlet for their frustration, they find remedy in revolution. But it poses the question: in a system that suffocates, can rebellion ever be allowed?

This is punk. This is rebellion. This is how we make change. This is what we need to do.

For the cast, Lucy Ellinson will be returning to the Crucible, following her starring role in Run Sister Run in 2020. She will be joined by fellow cast mates Helen Cripps (Women Beware Women, Shakespeare’s Globe), Lucy Edkins ([BLANK], Donmar Warehouse), Eddy Queens (Through This Mist, Clean Break), Alison Fitzjohn (Take That’s – The Band Musical, UK Tour), Lara Grace Ilori (Living Newspaper Edition 6, Royal Court) and Carrie Rock (Julius Caesar, Donmar Warehouse/St Ann’s Warehouse, New York).

Also returning to the Crucible will be Róisín McBrinn, who directed the 2014 production Afterplay by Brian Friel. Roisin told Exposed of her excitement in the build-up to opening night: “We’re over the moon to be co-producing this raucous, explosive show! Morgan’s script is electric, and we have a stellar creative team and hugely exciting cast. Clean Break is so proud to be returning with this joyous, important play and to be exploding it onto the beautiful Crucible stage!”

Roisin continued: “The play takes place in a specialised unit within a women’s prison, where we meet a group a women who are offered a creative outlet via punk rock, and the result is electrifying. It is a joyful and often poignant window into the lives of these unique women and their struggles. We hope audiences will come on a journey with us as these complex, joyful women share bits of their souls, make us laugh, play great music and leave us wanting more.”

Typical Girls will be at the Crucible Theatre from 24th September–16th October, with the performance on 6 October being live-streamed and available to watch online.

Tickets and more info available at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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