Clean Break – Centre For The Arts

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Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, Clean Break has remained true to these roots, continuing to inspire playwrights around the complex theme of women and crime – enlightening and entertaining audiences. Integral to this, is the company’s long-established theatre-based education and training programme enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment.


Behind the scenes, they “provide high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications, training opportunities and specialist support which are critical for the rehabilitation of women offenders in prisons and the community.” On the stage, they “produce ground-breaking and award-winning plays which dramatise women’s experience of, and relationship to, crime and punishment.”  Clean Break state “our women-only identity is crucial to our history and rationale, and provides us with the most effective model for representing, understanding and meeting the complex needs of women who offend.”

Contact Details

020 7482 8600



Clean Break, 2 Patshull Road, London NW5 2LB

Other Info

Opening times:
Office: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm

Free. Travel and childcare costs can be covered.

Disabled Access:
Wheelchair accessible.

Tube & Buses: Kentish Town. Rail: Kentish Town West or Kentish Town.

Other information:
Phone or write to make appointment. Self referral or via agencies. Provides performance space. Registered charity. No. 1017560

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