Little on the Inside

Alice Birch

Clean Break

Summerhall

From 01 August 2014 to 24 August 2014

Rating: ***

Review by Philip Fisher

Clean Break is a company dedicated to shining a light on women in prison. As a result, its work has a limited canvas and Little on the Inside is very much typical of the genre.

Two nameless prisoners share a cell and provide mutual support. As we learn from the poetic text, one is silent, the other craves quiet but enjoys talking.

In little over half an hour, we get to know them and understand their frustrations, though this is hampered by some strange acoustics.

The critical turn of events that drives the drama is the unexpected release of one, leaving the other to contemplate twelve more years in prison without any obvious support.

Good acting from Estella Daniels and Sandra Reid under the direction of Lucy Morrison ensures that this is a moving, short drama.