Creative Facilitation: transforming women's lives through theatre — Clean Break



Creative Facilitation: transforming women's lives through theatre

24 October 2024 – 24 October 2024

Learn how to build creative and transformative spaces for women affected by the criminal justice system

Concessions: £75
Individuals: £95
Organisations: £120

This training takes place in person at Clean Break's building in Kentish Town, London.

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**A limited number of bursary places are available to anyone who has direct personal (not professional) experience of the criminal justice system.

To apply for these, please write explaining your interest in the training event to marking your email with BURSARY REQUEST in the subject heading at least four weeks ahead of the training date.

If you have any access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please contact and let us know.

This training is open to participants who are women (this includes cis, intersex, and trans women)

Creative Facilitation: transforming women's lives through theatre

24 October 2024 – 24 October 2024

This training was previously titled 'Unlocking Potential'

Who is this training for?

This one-day training course is for early career theatre artists and front-line practitioners interested in developing their facilitation skills. The training will focus on using theatre practices to safely bring creativity into women only groups and spaces.

What will participants gain?

Drawing on decades of working with women with lived experience of the criminal justice system, this course provides participants with the space to build their confidence as creative facilitators and develop a rich toolkit to improve their practice.

Through a mixture of interactive exercises, group work and discussion, participants will learn:

  • Clean Break’s approach: Understand the foundational principles that drive Clean Break’s work.
  • Safer Spaces: Develop your approach to holding spaces from Clean Break’s trauma-informed practice.
  • Boundary Setting: Learn effective techniques for setting and maintaining boundaries.
  • Inclusive practice: Build an anti-oppressive framework for holding women-only spaces.
  • Challenging Situations: Develop and rehearse the skills to navigate challenging situations with women in vulnerable circumstances.
  • Unlocking Potential: Explore transformative creative exercises designed to support women in reaching their full potential.

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About the Facilitators:

The day will be facilitated by Clean Break’s Artistic Director, Anna Herrmann,  and Participation Manager, Sophie Connolly.

Anna Herrmann is Artistic Director of Clean Break. She has been working in the field of theatre and social change for thirty years, specialising in theatre and participation in the UK and abroad. She has been with Clean Break since 2002 as the Head of Education, leading the company’s award-winning work with women in the criminal justice system and women at risk of entering it. With Clean Break she has directed Through This Mist (co-directed with Róisín McBrinn), Sweatbox (national tour and film), Not Pretty Like The Rainbow (national tour) and Catch (national tour). In July 2020 Anna was elected as Co-chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, stepping down in July 2022.

Sophie Connolly is the Participation Manager at Clean Break. She leads Clean Break's Members Programme and its work in Women's Centers across London. Prior to this, she has worked as a facilitator for over a decade in violence against women and girls, domestic violence, serious youth violence, gangs and countylines, with a particular specialism in working with young people in People Referral Units/Alternative Provisions and Youth Offending Service settings. She has also worked extensively in the world of arts and disabilities. Sophie studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she trained in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education.

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