Join us at 1pm on Monday 8th March 2021 for our Podcast Listen Club. Simply click the play button below to listen to Series 1, Episode 5: Viv, 58, Probation Officer, Mom, Shit Dodger.

Women & Theatre’s For the Past 30 Years series features dramatic monologues about women who have spent the last 3 decades working in different sectors. Developed from research conversations, they reflect the language and lives of ordinary people and put women’s stories, writing and performance centre-stage. 

This episode’s monologue, about a woman who has spent her career working in probation, is followed by W&T’s Artistic Director, Janice Connolly, in conversation with Senior Probation Officer, Tracy Clarke. They talk about the experiences of women that inspired the piece and what has changed in probation since 2014. 

Viv, 58, Probation Officer, Mom, Shit Dodger  Writer: Stephanie Ridings // Director: Jo Gleave // Performer: Lorna Laidlaw // Sound Design: Sam Frankie Fox working with Iain Armstrong // Recorded at Brum Radio.

For the Past 30 Years was originally produced as a live theatre show in 2014, developed in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It was the first show of what became our Women & Work trilogy; followed by Starting Out in 2016, about young women entering the world of work, and Prime Time in 2019, about women in retirement. 

This podcast series has been funded by Arts Council England, The Space, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, The Feeney Trust and The Cole Charitable Trust.