Clean Break’s education programme includes a wide range of free theatre-based courses, all specifically designed for women with experience of the criminal justice system and those at risk of entering it.

Our courses give you the chance to explore and develop your creativity in a safe, non-judgmental and women-only space. You can study performance, backstage craft and writing with us, while also improving your anger management, mental health and wellbeing, and literacy skills. We offer students the chance of hands-on work experience with some of London’s best theatre companies and arts organisations, giving personal inspiration and practical help to women who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

We offer financial support with travel and childcare costs, and provide every student with a hot lunch. While you’re studying with us, our friendly Student Support team will be on hand to help you with any personal difficulties you might be experiencing.

We work with a number of excellent partners in Higher Education and the arts who can offer you rich experiences and pathways both during your time at Clean Break. These include Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, The Comedy School and The Place. Each year a number of students are awarded bursaries from these partners, and have continued their studies there beyond Clean Break.

How to Apply

We are not recruiting for courses this academic year as we re-shape our education and learning offer. Please sign up to our mailing list here to keep in touch with our new plans.

Recruitment will begin again next year and details will be posted here on our website and social media channels.

Student Support

Our Student Support Team will be your first point of contact with Clean Break, perhaps at one of our regular visits to prisons, probation, bail hostels, drug and alcohol projects or other venues. The team will do everything they can to remove any barriers that might prevent you from studying with us, exploring your creativity and moving forward with your life.

Our specialist staff can help with everything from housing problems and legal advice to parenting and personal relationships, and can offer ongoing support with drug and alcohol dependencies. We can also connect you to other specialist organisations in London.

We work in partnership with Women in Prison to provide fortnightly housing surgeries as well as emotional health and well being support to all students.