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Breaks by Bez Kinte Theatre Company

An angel on a killing spree...

‘Breaks’ by Bez Kinte Theatre Company

There’s an angel on a killing spree in the city of Bremen. For more than a decade she systematically poisons everyone in her life: parents, children, lovers and friends. As the body count mounts, she layers herself in thirteen corsets, creating a dangerous illusion of beauty. 

The story circles the mysteries of an incredible true story about the limits of what a woman can take. Sometimes, when you can't bend anymore, you break. 

Radio Script by Louisa Sanfey. 

Performed by Morgan Cooke, Erin Gilgen and Louise Wilcox. 

Based on the theatre piece devised by Bez Kinte theatre company and edited by Emma Hughes & Louisa Sanfey.

Sound Supervision and Sound Design: Damian Chennells. 

Producer for RTÉ: Kevin Brew

Adapted from the stage production BREAKS, originally presented in September 2016 at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Developed through the Open Lab scheme at Barbican Guildhall, London, and at FRINGE LAB and the Civic Theatre. Development supported by Arts Council England.

Stage production devised by Morgan Cooke, Naomi Faughnan, Erin Gilgen, Emma Hughes, Louisa Sanfey and Louise Wilcox.

Original music for ‘Childless Mother’ composed by Morgan Cooke, performed by Honi Cooke, Michael Lee, Aonghus O’Lochlainn, Rory Lynch, Sebastian Marquez, Tracy Nagle and Rachel Talbot. Sound recorded by John Gunning.

Excerpts from the lecture, ‘Venomous Women: Poison murderesses in nineteenth-century Germany’ included by kind permission of Professor Susanne Kord from the University College London German Department.

References and quotations from sources including Murderesses in German Writing, 1720-1860: Heroines of Horror by Prof. Susanne Kord, Gesche Gottfried: Eine Bremer Tragödie by Peer Meter, AIB 365, Germaine Greer, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Charles Manson, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Wollstonecraft and Bremen Tourism.

Photography by Moira Reilly