Clean Break

A women’s theatre company changing lives and changing minds – on stage, in prison and in the community.

Clean Break uses theatre to keep the subject of women in prison on the cultural radar, helping to reveal the damage caused by the failures of the criminal justice system. Through our unique work, we raise difficult questions, inspire debate, and help to effect profound and positive change in the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system.

Since 1979, Clean Break has been the only women’s theatre company of its kind, and they continue to inspire playwrights and captivate audiences with our ground-breaking plays on the complex theme of women and crime. For further information about the early years click here.

Through theatre workshops and projects in prisons and in the community which build confidence, resilience and wellbeing, Clean Break transform the lives of women who have experienced the criminal justice system or who are at risk of entering it.

Our grant helped

Four particular courses geared towards personal development; helping women come to terms with, and move beyond factors that lead to offending – women offenders are much more likely to have suffered abusive relationships and mental health issues than the general population, and Clean Break students associate several positive outcomes with the courses, including improved self-esteem and healthier relationships.

grant outcome

4 personal development courses


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Isla Foundation

Coppergate House

Unit 412

10 White's Row


E1 7NF

0207 487 8202 *We are currently working remotely to COVID-19. 

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