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Compact Failure

This show has now closed, please visit our London Shows page for a full list of current productions.

About the Show Less...

Compact Failure was commissioned by Clean Break, the theatre, education and new writing company for women with personal experience of the criminal justice system. Read More >

Chelle and Denise go way back. Denise, with her loud mouth and long extensions, makes the ‘same old, same old’ of prison life not so bad. But when Denise leaves – no goodbye, no nothing – Chelle figures she’s just about run out of friendships. Then Ruthie walks in, bringing new hope and lots of laughter.

In a place where true friendship is gold dust and rules beg to be broken, Chelle and Ruthie dare to strike a bond despite everything that stands in their way. Question is, can it survive?


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 09/11/2004

Closing Night: 27/11/2004

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Cast & Creative


Claire-Louise Cordwell, Lorna Gayle, Sharlene Whyte


Director - Sarah Esdaile

Producer - Clean Break

Designer - Ti Green

Lighting Designer - Natasha Chivers

Author - Jennifer Farmer

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