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Welcome to the Clean Break Knowledge Hub, where you can discover more about our work on stage, in prisons and in the community.

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A Proposal for Resisting Darkness

An audio drama by Yasmin Joseph in collaboration with HMP Downview Theatre Company

Hope

A film from Clean Break

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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

Five Strategies for Resisting Darkness

The cast and creatives behind the audio adaptation of A Proposal for Resisting Darkness share their personal tools for resisting darkness

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

What does Hope mean?

The message behind our film Hope, in the words of it's Co-creators
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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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