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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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

Laura Mallows

Laura Mallows
Finance Manager

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, Hon.Doc.of Arts UEL
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
Sonali Naik

Current Opportunities


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 are currently recruiting for a Treasurer (voluntary).

Treasurer (voluntary)
Role Title:​​ Treasurer

Key Relationships: ​The Treasurer works in partnership with the Chair of the Board, Executive Director, Head of Finance, the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees.

Role Summary:​ To deliver the organisation’s mission through good governance, fit for purpose financial systems and deliverable financial plans through strong partnership working with staff and Trustees.

Terms:​ Voluntary position for a period of one term (four years) with the option of renewal for a second term.
If you would like to apply, please send your CV with a covering letter (suggested length two sides of A4) addressing the key criteria on the person specification. This needs to reach us by 5pm on Wednesday 14 June and should be sent to recruitment@cleanbreak.org.uk. Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Monday 19 June and we will notify you by Friday 16 June of the outcome of your application.

If you would like an informal discussion about the position before applying, please contact Lauren Mooney (lauren.mooney@cleanbreak.org.uk) who will arrange a time for you to have a chat with me or Lucy Perman, Executive Director.

Good luck with your application and we look forward to hearing from you.
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Clean Break is a charity, we produce plays and run education courses to improve the lives of vulnerable women. We can’t do that without your help.

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