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Billy The Girl - Soho Theatre

Billy The Girl. Photo credit: Michal Chelbin/INSTITUTE

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CLEAN Break is presenting Billy The Girl, a new play by Katie Hims, at Soho Theatre – from Tuesday, October 29 to Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Billy is out waiting for love where she last saw it. Her mum is certain love has walked into her life again. Her sister thinks love could still be found somewhere in the house… but Billy herself isn’t even allowed through the door…

In Hims’ sharp yet gentle look at a fractured family dealing with a lifetime of mistrust, love never dies but sometimes, like Billy, it has to sleep in the caravan with Frank’s ashes and a bear costume.

Lucy Morrison directs a cast that includes Naomi Ackie (as Amber), Christine Entwisle (Ingrid) and Danusia Samal (Billy).

Billy The Girl is designed by Joanna Scotcher, with lighting by Katharine Williams and sound by Becky Smith.

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. As well as producing new writing, they run a 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.

Clean Break returns to Soho Theatre following This Wide Night (2008/9), Charged (2010) and Re-Charged (2011).

Tickets: £10 previews; £15 (£12.50), £17.50 (£15), £22.50 (17.50). Book online at

Time: 7.15pm.

What the reviews said:

‘Painfully funny and poignantly eloquent.’ – The Times.

‘Fizzing with volatility.’ – Evening Standard.

‘A neat, intimate family tale… the performances are beautifully pitched… a superb 75 minutes of theatre.’ – Time Out.