What would you do if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?
Is it possible to change your identity if your past is still the same?

Six twenty-something women, friends since childhood, gather in a lakeside cabin. They eat, drink, sing and laugh because it is the only ritual they know - one where no topic is too taboo and no question is off limits. As the evening quickly unravels, they each have to make a decision for themselves, and find their own sacrifice, their point of no return.

They speak of everything with excess and love in a crescendo of bittersweet exchanges. Clean Slate, in the same vein as Broad City or Girls, offers a genuine portrayal of millennial women: bold, grotesque, beautiful, touching, naive, gruesome, and wise.

Table Rase was recently produced at the Espace Libre theatre in Montreal, with a first successful run in November 2015, which led to a second run in January 2017. The story was a collective creation devised by all six actresses and drafted into an official script by Catherine Chabot. Together, they've created a colourful and lively piece in which the spectator find himself in the position of the voyeur - eavesdropping on an intimate gathering of women in search of catharsis.

Table Rase won the 2016 ACQT’s Prix de la Critique for best new writing. This is the first English-language staging of the play, and is Trip & Guts Theatre's second production. The company’s first production, Cut Throat received multiple four star reviews during its run at the Camden Fringe 2016.

Clean Slate was on at the Courtyard Theatre,
June 20-21-22-23-24, 28-29 2017 + July 9-12-13 2017

The creatives

Deborah Kearne has a BA Hons Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University of London and a Masters Degree from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. She is an actor, director, writer and workshop facilitator with over seventeen years experience of working as a freelance youth and community theatre practitioner in the South East and has worked in partnership with theatres, theatre companies, councils, the youth service and schools to deliver a variety of thematically devised projects and plays. As a director her work includes: The Oresteia, Wind in the Willows, Macbeth, Headstrong, The Twits, Romeo and Juliet, We'll Meet Again, Jungle Book, Hairspray, The Vanishing Elephant, Talk of The Town and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Her association with Trip & Guts began last year when she acted in their inaugural production Cut Throat at the Camden Fringe and she is delighted to have been invited to direct the fantastic Clean Slate for their second production. 

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