Charity information

Clean Break

Clean Break changes lives and changes minds through theatre – on stage, in prison and in the community.

Set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to wider audiences, we have an unparalleled reputation for award-winning theatre and theatre education. We inspire playwrights and captivate audiences with our groundbreaking plays on the complex theme of women and crime and help women develop social and creative skills.

Founded 1979

  • Mission statement

    Clean Break is a producing theatre company with an independent education programme. Both strands of our work are rooted in the belief that theatre changes lives. Behind the scenes, we provide high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications, training opportunities and specialist support which are critical for the rehabilitation of women offenders. On the stage, we produce ground-breaking and award-winning plays which dramatise women’s experience of, and relationship to, crime and punishment.

  • Aims

    Clean Break aims to:

    • ARTISTIC: Work together with the most progressive women playwrights to make bold new theatre of a world-class standard: telling hidden stories about women and crime truthfully and skilfully.
    • EDUCATION: Transform the lives of women caught up in, and at risk of entering, the criminal justice system through theatre education, holistic support and progression pathways within a safe space.
    • ENGAGEMENT: Deliver a dynamic and responsive theatre based programme engaging women in prison, creating meaningful performance opportunities for our graduates, and extending our geographical reach.
    • LEADERSHIP: Raise our profile and influence nationally as leaders in theatre, criminal justice, education and women’s sectors through new pieces of research and training in our unique work practices.
    • RESILIENCE: To achieve long-term organisational resilience both financially and through investment in our people, the physical environment and the infrastructure.
  • Overview

    Established: February 1979

    Registered Charity Number: 1017560

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 18

    Volunteers: 60

    Phone number: 020 7482 8600

    Address: 2 Patshull RoadLondon NW5 2LB

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  • Using the arts to build positive futures

    With your support, together we can build brighter futures for women with lived experience ... More