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Learn about Clean Break's unique, trauma-informed way of working and how we make an impact.

Blueprint for Hope

A toolkit of ideas, exercises and prompts to accompany our co-created film, Hope.

Why does Clean Break have a Co-Chairing Model?

Clean Break’s previous Co-Chair Tanya Tracey and current Co-Chair Alison Frater share insights from their two years of sharing leadership of our Board of Trustees

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Virtual Gallery: Women/Theatre/Justice artist in residence

Visual artist Laura Dean responds to the Women/Theatre/Justice research project about Clean Break

Why does Clean Break have a Co-Chairing Model?

Clean Break’s previous Co-Chair Tanya Tracey and current Co-Chair Alison Frater share insights from their two years of sharing leadership of our Board of Trustees

Yasmin Joseph on Playwrighting with HMP Downview Theatre Company

An interview with the writer of A Proposal for Resisting Darkness

Watch Hope

"It's not us that needs to change, it's the world" Watch Clean Break's uplifting story of personal growth and community activism online.
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How do we change the story about women in the criminal justice system?

Watch speeches from a joint event with Women/Theatre/Justice.
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About us

a production photo from more than we can bear at the Almeida theatre, the cast are taking their bows on stage
Clean Break changes lives and changes minds through theatre – on stage, in prison and in the community. We produce ground-breaking plays with women’s voices at the heart of our work and use theatre to transform the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system or at risk of entering it.

Our History

Clean Break Theatre Company with the Mayor of Camden outside HMP Holloway, 1986
Clean Break was established by two women in prison in 1979, at HMP Askham Grange, who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of women who are criminalised to a wider audience. Explore Clean Break’s radical and unique story in our interactive digital archive.
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