About Us

Our Story

Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind, Clean Break has remained true to these roots, and we continue to inspire playwrights and captivate audiences with our groundbreaking plays on the complex theme of women and crime. For further information on the early years of the company click here.

Our theatre-based education and training programme is integral to our ethos. For more than three decades, we have delivered high-quality theatre-based courses, awarded qualifications and offered specialist support, all of which are critical for the rehabilitation of women with experience of the criminal justice system. Run in prisons and from our women-only building in Kentish Town, our training and education programme helps participants to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills that often lead to education and employment. 

Clean Break’s women-only identity is crucial to our rationale. The treatment of women by the criminal justice system is one of the clearest demonstrations that our society is still unequal and that women are judged by different standards to men. Most women offenders have experienced male violence and are victims of crime, yet first-time women offenders are twice as likely as men to be sent to prison. Our vision is of a society where women are neither unjustly criminalised nor unnecessarily imprisoned, and we believe that theatre enables women to challenge their oppression by society in general and by the criminal justice system in particular.

Clean Break uses theatre to keep the subject of women in prison on the cultural radar, helping to reveal the damage caused by the failures of the criminal justice system. Through our unique repertory of new plays and our education programmes, we raise difficult questions, inspire debate, and help to effect profound and positive change in the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system.

Learn more about women and the criminal justice system at the
Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison websites
Read about Clean Break’s early history at Unfinished Histories

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People

Roisin McBrinn

Róisín McBrinn
Head of Artistic Programme

Grace Adejuwon

Grace Adejuwon
Student Support Worker

Lillian Ashford

Lillian Ashford
Senior Development Manager

Caro Boss

Caro Boss
Marketing Coordinator

Lorraine Faissal

Lorraine Faissal
Theatre Education Manager

Emily Goodyer

Emily Goodyer
Development Manager

Lucy Grant

Lucy Grant
Administration and Building Manager

Carole Jarvis

Carole Jarvis
Student Support Worker

Verity Laroche

Verity La Roche
Education Administrator

Laura McCluskey

Laura McCluskey
Theatre Education Manager

Lauren Mooney

Lauren Mooney
Executive Assistant

annette bennett

Annette Bennett
Finance Manager (Maternity Cover)

Laura Mallows

Laura Mallows
Finance Manager (Maternity Leave)

selina mayer

Selina Mayer
Finance Administrator

jacqueline stewart

Jacqueline Stewart
Deputy Head of Education (Student Services)

jeanette robinson

Jeannette Robinson
Administrative Assistant

vishnu velada bilson

Vishni Velada-Billson
Deputy Head of Education (Learning)

samantha mcneil

Samantha McNeil
Volunteer Coordinator

lauren samme

Lauren Sammé
Outreach Worker

Our Board

Development Committee

Charlotte Kemp
Alison Jefferis
Anna Greenacre
Phoebe Reith
Gillian Jones
Despina Tsatsas

Our Patrons

Ann Mitchell
Baroness Usha Prashar CBE
Dame Harriet Walter DBE
Emma Thompson
Lia Williams
Yve Newbold LLB
Barbara Hosking CBE
Baroness Vivien Stern CBE
Dame Janet Suzman DBE
Joan Scanlon
Lord Paul Boateng
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Carmen Callil
Dame Judi Dench DBE
Kevin McGrath OBE
Sir Richard Eyre CBE

Current Opportunities

Volunteering

We’re always on the lookout for people to join our year-round Volunteer programme, which takes in everything from workshop skills and arts administration to catering and gardening. You’ll get the opportunity to develop your skills and confidence in a welcoming environment, while also learning more about the way we work. To find out more, come along to one of our regular Volunteer Days or email Samantha McNeil, our Volunteer Coordinator, at samantha.mcneil@cleanbreak.org.uk or call 020 7482 8600

"There is a positive energy about the place which makes it a lovely place to work."
Education Volunteer, February 2017

 Vacancies & Volunteering

We currently have no staff vacancies, but are looking for volunteers. We're actively recruiting for two catering volunteers and a volunteer yoga instructor – please see below for details on how to apply.

Clean Break is an equal opportunities employer, and we aim to maintain a diverse and inclusive working environment for our women-only team*. We’re always particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and minority ethnic women, who are currently under-represented on our team, and from women who have experience of the criminal justice system. We guarantee that all applicants who disclose that they have an offending background or are disabled will be invited for an interview if they demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for the role.

* Clean Break is exempt from the Equality Act 2010 on the basis that the gender of our staff is an Occupational Requirement. For details, please refer to the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1: Occupational Requirements.

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