Work in Prisons

Clean Break has run high-quality theatre education programmes in women’s prisons for more than 30 years.

We’re able to motivate learners who have been failed by formal education by offering courses that are carefully designed to meet their needs and interests. Our courses are accessible to women with a broad range of personal and educational backgrounds, including women with specific needs or literacy problems, and require no previous theatre experience.

We’ve recently worked with women with complex mental health needs on the PIPE units at HMP Low Newton and HMP Send, and with women in HMP Styal, HMP New Hall, HMP Holloway and other women’s prisons around the country. We have a prison education contract with Novus.
In Yorkshire we work in partnership with the York St John University Prison Partnership Project.

Our Impact

Independent research by the New Philanthropy Capital estimates that just 5% of women completing a Clean Break course reoffend. The same research estimates that for every £1 invested in Clean Break, £4.57 per year is recouped from the public purse, soley through reduced reoffending.

Package 1

Pilot/Taster Workshops:
1-2 days, 6 guided learning hours;
option of E3/L1 NOCN Accreditation

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Package 2

Theatre Writing Residency:
3 days, 15 guided learning hours

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Package 3

Theatre Making Residency:
3-5 days, 30 guided learning hours;
option of Level 1/2 NOCN Accreditation

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