Clean Break: Women, Theatre, Organisation and the Criminal Justice System

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Drama

Abstract

Clean Break was established in 1979 by two women serving sentences in HMP Askham Grange. Over the past four decades, Clean Break has become an internationally recognised theatre, education and advocacy organisation that puts the stories of women with experience of the criminal justice system centre stage.

Clean Break has had distinctive phases of organisational practice. From 1979-1986, it was a collective of women making theatre informed by their experience of incarceration. From 1986-1996, Clean Break became an Arts Council England funded organisation with a hierarchical management structure, commissioning arts professionals to develop work for and about women with experience of prison. For the following two decades, 1997-2017, Clean Break established a women-only purpose-built theatre and education centre in Kentish Town, London, pioneering a unique education programme for women with experience of the criminal justice system. In 2018, after considerable consultation with stakeholders and partners, Clean Break embarked on a new phase of organisational practice, with a less hierarchical management structure, explicitly integrating women who have had experience of the criminal justice system ('Members') across all areas of its practice. Clean Break's working organisational model is highly unusual, with leadership management that has embedded processes of consultation and engagement with all stakeholders. Centrally, Clean Break has largely been run for the last 40 years by women for women (although not explicitly 'as' a feminist organisation). Further, in workplace literature terms, it uses an unconventional form, theatre-making, to engage with employers, policy makers, the criminal justice system and arts organisations. Whilst there is industry acknowledgement of the significant impact of the company's distinctive leadership and contribution within theatre and criminal justice (NPC, Tonic Award 2018), there has been limited academic engagement with Clean Break in Theatre and Performance Studies (Walsh, McAvinchey), Criminology (Merrill & Frigon). To date, there has been no consideration at all of this work within Employment Relations or Organisation and Management Studies. The upcoming 40th anniversary of the establishment of Clean Break, and its simultaneous change of operating model, provides a critical moment to assess the company's significance and contribution to new understandings across four distinct areas of focus: contemporary British theatre; feminist organisational practices and implications for employment relations and management studies; women's gendered experience of the criminal justice system; and popular criminology and wider public engagement with women, crime and social justice.

The research will be carried out through:
- Interviews with Clean Break staff and Members, past and present; artists (writers, directors, lighting designers, actors); stakeholders in theatre, the women's sector, criminal justice and organisations which have employed Clean Break Members.
- Archival research. Clean Break has records from 1979. The V&A holds ACE materials from 1980s. CB associates have agreed to share personal archival material.
- A regional tour of the play Sweatbox (Chloe Moss), performed by 3 Clean Break Members in a decommissioned prison van, a catalyst for public engagement through after-show discussions and workshops with 10 university partners.
- Observation of organisational practices e.g. Board meetings, senior management meetings, meetings with partners in theatre, criminal justice, HE and women's services, rehearsals, public events.

Research outcomes will be disseminated through a series of publications, academic symposia, public talks and podcasts with widespread reach and long-term impact, including: a monograph; 3 peer reviewed journal articles; 3 conference papers; an exhibition (developed and toured in two stages); 10 seminars; 1 conference; 6 podcasts; project website.

Planned Impact

This project will reach a broad range of stakeholders in arts and criminal justice; theatre; prisons, probation and rehabilitation; organisations in the voluntary sector, supporting women with experience of the criminal justice system or those considered at risk of entering it; a wider public audience.

1. Organisations and individuals in arts and criminal justice. The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) is an Arts Council England (ACE) funded national advocacy organisation with over 900 members including prisons, health agencies, arts and voluntary sector organisations as well as individual artists, academics and professionals who work in arts and criminal justice contexts (prisons, probation, resettlement). The NCJAA is a project partner, committed to supporting the research and the dissemination of its findings across its membership. The NCJAA is managed by Clinks, an umbrella organisation that supports voluntary and community sector groups working with offenders and information about NCJAA events/research/training is shared with Clinks members through its newsletter. NCJAA will disseminate findings through its website and the NCJAA and Clinks newsletters, which reach 3700 and 12,000 recipients respectively.

2. Policy makers in arts and criminal justice. The NCJAA also has a strong relationship with government agencies: the NCJAA Arts Forum is a tri-annual meeting chaired by the Ministry of Justice where the NCJAA provides the vital link between government, policy-makers and practitioners. Other Arts Forum attendees include Arts Council England, the Youth Justice Board, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. As a project partner NCJAA is in an excellent position to support the dissemination of the research findings directly to policy makers. Additionally, Dr Richard Ings at ACE has scoped arts and criminal justice activities nationally, advising on policy making in this area. Dr Ings has worked with the PI on previous research projects and will contribute to seminars across the research programme.

3. The voluntary sector, particularly the women's sector working with women with experience of the criminal justice system or who are at risk of entering it. Women in Prison is the leading national organization that supports women within or at risk of entering the criminal justice system and campaigns for radical change in the justice system. It recently published The Corston Report 10 Years On: How Far Have We Come on the Road to Reform for Women Affected by the Criminal Justice System? (2017) assessing government actions in response to the reports 43 recommendations for women-specific criminal justice reform. As a project partner, Women in Prison will participate in the research and disseminate the findings across its national network of voluntary organisations working in the field.

Three regional training events (Leeds, Warwick and London) will disseminate practical skills and facilitate knowledge exchange with artists and professionals working in criminal justice, community development and the voluntary sector.

4. Theatre Management - we will share the finding the Independent Theatre Council, Equity and Tonic Theatre networks.

5. Women with experience of the criminal justice system will participate in the research and gain further skills, employment and professional networks through it.

6. A wider audience will also have access to the research through public performances of Sweatbox, post-show discussions, the touring exhibition and 6 podcasts, distilling strands of the research activity. These will be advertised on Clean Break's social media averaging 20,000 visits a month to its website, NCJAA, Women in Prison. We will also explore print and broadcast media coverage with BBC radio (we have excellent connections with producers) and through our university communications departments.
 
Title 5 Channels and Nothing to See Here 1 
Description Digital collage - retranslated footage from Clean Break production Sweatbox 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=4
 
Title 5 Channels and Nothing to See Here 2 
Description Digital artwork - retranslated footage from Clean Break production, Sweatbox. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=5
 
Title 5 Channels and Nothing to See Here 3 
Description Digital collage - retranslated footage from Clean Break production, Sweatbox. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=6
 
Title 5 Channels and Nothing to See Here 4 
Description Digital collage - retranslated footage from Clean Break production, Sweatbox. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=7
 
Title 5 Channels and Nothing to See Here 5 
Description Digital Collage - retranslated footage from Clean Break production, Sweatbox. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=8
 
Title Coming out from the margins, from writing in the margins series 
Description Photography, screen print, retranslated material from working process of Clean Break production, Inside Bitch. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=9
 
Title I am a theatre - film trailor 
Description This short film introduces 'I am a theatre' the exhibition with maps and celebrates Clean Break theatre company's work and impact since 1979. The film was supported by the AHRC, HLF, ACE, Bishopsgate Institute and Camden Council. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The film has been viewed 75 times on You Tube and promoted the exhibition during it's run from 24th June - 31st July at Swiss Cottage Library. Viewing figures for the exhibition - 473 people. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjblebRGHBo
 
Title I am a theatre: 40 Years of Clean Break 
Description 'I am a theatre': 40 Years of Clean Break 24 June-5 August 2021 at Swiss Cottage Gallery The retrospective celebrated Clean Break's 40-year history, sharing previously unseen archival material, specially commissioned films and installations. The exhibition was curated by Claire Stone, co-designed by artist Miriam Nabarro and Liz Whitbread, a Clean Break Member. The exhibition was funded by the AHRC and the Heritage Lottery Fund. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact 473 people attended in person. 50 people attended private view. 75 people viewed on line You Tube trailer. There was press coverage: The Stage - Spring/Summer 2021 season announcement (22/04/2021) British Theatre Guide - Spring/Summer 2021 season announcement (26/04/2021) BroadwayWorld - exhibition in news announcement (12/05/2021) The F Word - inclusion in theatre blog (23/05/2021) A Younger Theatre - mention in interview with Róisín McBrinn (08/06/2021) ThisWeekCulture - interview with curator, Claire Stone (18/6/2021) Arts Professional - mention in feature with Erin Gavaghan (22/06/2021) Drama & Theatre - exhibition news story (22/06/2021) Hampstead & Highgate - feature on exhibition (29/06/2021) The Stage - Q&A with Liz Whitbread (28/06/2021 and print 01/07/2021) Camden New Journal - interview with Anna Herrmann and Liz Whitbread (07/05/2021) 
URL https://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/productions/iamatheatre/
 
Title Installation Exhibition in the Sweatbox touring prison van. 
Description This is the first of two creative exhibitions that will be created during the project. This first exhibition, created by Miriam Nabarro, and supported by Clean Break Member Liz Whitbread, transformed the Sweatbox prison van into a space where audience members can explore some of Clean Break's history. The exhibition is inspired and informed by archival material including broadcasts, flyers, letters and photographs from the earlier years of the company (1979-1989). 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibition is installed in the Sweatbox prison van before of after the performances which allows audiences to contextualise the work of Clean Break within a wider cultural, social and cultural context. This material and how it was presented prompted dialogue about this. 
 
Title Sweatbox - film 
Description Originally we had planned to tour a live site-specific production of Sweatbox in a decommissioned prison to 11 universities as a catalyst for each partners' seminar/event. Because of the pandemic and the need to rethink all aspects of planned for in-person activity, we reimagined the public seminars to on-line events and Clean Break commissioned Chloe Moss to adapt the original theatre script for film. This was directed by Anna Herrmann, Joint Artistic Director of Clean Break and produced by Quiet Storm. It features the three actors who appeared in the live event when it toured in Feb 20 - Funke Adele, Posy Sterling and Jade Small. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Sweatbox, the film, will be screened at/before each of the project's on-line seminar/event and will be available to access/disseminate beyond the life of the research project. The film captures the intensely claustrophobic atmosphere and experience of court-prison transport as well as bringing nuanced insight into the lives of the three women who are about to enter prison. The film was first shared at the event at Sheffield University in December 2020 where a representative from the Ministry of Justice saw it and was keen to find ways to share this with magistrates. The accessibility of the film, and the limited costs in sharing it means that it can be used at training events in a range of different contexts. 
 
Title Sweatbox - play 
Description Sweatbox, by Chloe Moss, is a 15 minute play, set in a decommissioned prison van, originally commissioned by Clean Break in 2015. It is performed by three Clean Break Members, providing professional employment and experience. The play was re-staged as an integral part of the AHRC project's public engagement strategy - touring to 11 universities in England to accompany a seminar series about women and the criminal justice system. The audience of 12 goes into the prison van and encounters three women who are en route from a court to prison. Through this site specific performance we experience the claustrophobia and disorientation of the van itself and have nuanced insight into the lives of the women who are transported in it. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The Sweatbox prison van was due to tour to 11 universities. Because of the pandemic, we were only able to stage two in-person events - one at HMP New Hall and one at York St John's. At HMP New Hall Five performances of Sweatbox were attended by forty-nine members of staff including prison officers, staff from education, senior management and staff from charities and voluntary organisations working with the women. In addition to seeing the performance, members of staff participated in group conversations immediately after, sharing their responses about the issues raised through the performance, informed by their experiences at work. This was the first time there was a theatre performance and training offered to staff inside the grounds of the prison and made possible because of Rachel Conlon's long-running collaboration between HMP New Hall and York St John's university, delivering weekly arts practice in the prison with students. 
 
Title Voices from Prison 
Description Voices from Prison was a creative writing project inviting women from all 12 women's prisons to create work in this moment, amplify their words and let their experiences be heard. Inspired by the original project directed by Ann Mitchell in 1987, which gave Clean Break its first platform at the RSC, Voices from Prison has been brought into the present, hearing from women about life during Covid, life in prison and hope. This film celebrates 10 of the pieces performed by Clean Break Members Lisa-Marie Ashworth, Funke Adeleke, Jennifer Joseph, Shona Babayemi and Gemskii. Directed by Anna Herrmann. Produced by Maya Ellis. The film was launched on 28th July 2021 and at online event. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact To date (8.3.22) the film has had 860 viewings on You Tube and 1134 viewings on Instagram. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R84EIGlK90
 
Title Women/Theatre/Justice Artist in Residence 
Description Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. Laura's artworks are exhibited on the project website and will be curated as part of an exhibition. Over 20 individual art works have been made. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/
 
Title Working with Incarcerated Women in the Context of Covid 19 - Animation of Live Graphic Illustration 
Description Jenny Leonard is a graphic artist. She has been doing live graphic illustration, documenting some of the project seminars. This film shows both the process of documentation and highlights key themes and issues addressed throughout the project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This approach allows for complex and nuanced ideas to be articulated and shared to non-specialist audiences. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLAjBFE_Ax8
 
Title align, centre, justify - from writing in the margins series 
Description Photography, screen print, retranslated Clean Break archive material 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=12
 
Title mightier than the sword, from writing in the margins series 
Description Photography, screen print, retranslated Clean Break archive material. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=11
 
Title not quite me 
Description An image made in response to 'shared performance of identity in WTJ interviews and the presence of care and wit from both interviewers and interviewees. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=3
 
Title un:mute 
Description Drawing and digital collage from archive material of founders - Jenny Hicks and Jacqueline Holborough 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=2
 
Title wider margin, from writing in the margin series 
Description Photography, screen print, retranslated Clean Break archive material. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Laura Dean is a visual artist and lecturer whose work is informed by social geography, linguistics, and film. Laura has been accompanying and witnessing research processes -archival material, interviews, meetings, public events - responding to the issues raised by them. The work has been a stimulus for productive conversations within the research team both about the research themes and processes as well as expanding our understanding about the nuance and immediacy of visual articulations. It has informed our future planning about the dissemination of the work eg exhibitions, conference papers about working as a researcher in residence. 
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/artist-in-residence/work-in-progress/#&gid=1&pid=10
 
Description In the first 30 months of the research project we have carried out 96 interviews with people connected with Clean Break theatre company since 1979 - staff, Members, artists, Trustees, partners.

We have also met with all 11 academic partners to plan the Sweatbox tour and accompanying seminar series and been in regular contact to revise and adapt our plans as a result of Covid 19.

We have completed 13 in a series of public engagement and research events:
HMP New Hall
York St Johns
Leeds x 2
Reading x 1
Sheffield x 1
Manchester x 2
Leicester and Warwick x 2
QMUL x 1
Screening Event with Clean Break
Voices from Prison with Clean Break

The project has also contributed to a major exhibition drawing on the newly catalogued archive exhibition - I am a theatre (24th June - 6th August 2001) - at Swiss Cottage Gallery, London.


This research activity has supported:
- The development of new understandings about Clean Break's influence on contemporary British theatre (plays, theatre making practices, commissioning practices, co-production practices)
- The identification of characteristics of the company's distinctive feminist organisational practices and how this has impacted on employment relations
- An enhanced understanding of women's gendered experience of the criminal justice system and how prison staff negotiate this
- An enhanced understandings of the ways in which both the company's practices facilitated wider public engagement with women, crime and social justice (theatre, higher education, criminal justice, arts and criminal justice (policy and practice)).
Exploitation Route The outcomes will be shared through academic publications and conferences as well as through a series of events (symposia, training, knowledge exchange) developed in collaboration with Clean Break, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Women in Prison. We have developed a website to support wider access to the findings and share information via our twitter, facebook and You Tube channel.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://womentheatrejustice.org
 
Description Performances of Sweatbox and discussion with prison staff about women's experiences of criminalisation and incarceration. This has led to further conversations about training and education (prison staff, partner staff training).
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description un:mute, exhibition by Laura Dean, Women Theatre Justice artist in residence as part of Resonate, City of Culture
Amount £1,821 (GBP)
Organisation University of Warwick 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 03/2022
 
Description Clean Break 
Organisation Clean Break
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Clean Break is a partner in the project. Until now, any academic consideration of the company has been within the frame of theatre and performance studies. This project attends to the distinctive organizational practices of the company within industrial relations and organizational practice. The project identifies the impact of Clean Break on individuals and sectors (theatre, arts and criminal justice) whilst also allowing for a wider consideration of the issues facing women with experience of the criminal justice system and the ways in which other arts/education/voluntary sector organisations are responding to this.
Collaborator Contribution We have collaborated with the Senior Management Team to negotiate full access to the organisation's practices (Board Meetings, training, staff meetings, residency in prison, public sharing of work, public performances of work). We have also collaborated with the Clean Break at 40 (Heritage Lottery Funded) project manager to share access to interview subjects.
Impact Multidisciplinary - theatre and performance; industrial relations and organisational practices. Outcomes and outputs in process.
Start Year 2019
 
Description A Reflection on the Pains of Punishment Seminar - Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This blog post was a written by Eve Orange in response to The Gendered Pains of Punishment, a research project seminar held at Sheffield (Dec 2020). Eve Orange, is an MA student in International Criminology at the University of Sheffield. As part of our research we are committed to creating opportunities for a range of different voices to respond to the materials developed and shared during the project. Our project website hosts a research blog series which curates these voices. Each writer is commissioned and paid equally. We are actively seeking a range of writers with different areas of expertise and experience. This approach brings both a fresh perspective to the work and new audiences who are connected to/follow the writer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/a-reflection-on-the-pains-of-punishment-semin...
 
Description Art, care and incarceration - article in Arts Professional features and links to our journal article in Gender Work and Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our article, 'Locked up and down: Incarceration, care, and art in a pandemic' (Gender, Work and Organisation, 2022) was highlighted in Arts Professional.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/good-read/art-care-and-incarceration
 
Description Clean Break: Managing Differently? - edited seminar on project You Tube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Clean Break: Managing Differently? seminar was recorded, edited and shared on the project's Women Theatre Justice You Tube channel. It is part of the project's mission to document and share conversations that will support new understandings about women, theatre, justice and organizational practices beyond the parameters of the original AHRC funded project events. Our You Tube channel offers us an opportunity to provide a library of seminar discussions which can be considered both separately and in relation to one another.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcfn0urYwNo
 
Description Clean Break: Working Differently? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosted by Deborah Dean (Warwick Business School) and Anne-marie Greene (University of Leicester School of Business).
This online seminar was aimed at practitioners and researchers interested in understanding more how Clean Break works in collaboration with its partners in the theatre sector. What is involved in a Clean Break collaboration?

Róisín McBrinn, Joint Artistic Director, Clean Break and Phil McCormack, Head of Participation, Donmar Warehouse reflected on the experience of recent co-commissioned work between their two organisations and the impact that Clean Break practices have on the wider theatre sector. Shona Babayemi, Member of Clean Break and cast member of [BLANK] joined the conversation with personal reflections.

38 people attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/events/clean-break-working-differently/
 
Description Clean Break: Working Differently? - edited seminar on project You Tube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Clean Break: Working Differently? seminar was recorded, edited and shared on the project's Women Theatre Justice You Tube channel. It is part of the project's mission to document and share conversations that will support new understandings about women, theatre, justice and organizational practices beyond the parameters of the original AHRC funded project events. Our You Tube channel offers us an opportunity to provide a library of seminar discussions which can be considered both separately and in relation to one another.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjhKqgdvoio
 
Description Criminalisation of Poverty: A Focus on Women 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Hosted by Dr Ally Walsh, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds.
This online seminar was aimed at practitioners and researchers interested in women and the criminal justice system.

The event drew on perspectives from criminology, sociology, and performance in order to explore the relationship between the feminisation of poverty and gendered experiences of punishment within the criminal justice system. We brought together scholars, practitioners, and activists to understand and illuminate the specific experiences of women in relation to increasingly violent austerity policies and penal systems. COVID-19 and lockdown has exacerbated these issues.

We aimed to collectively consider strategies for organising and resisting economic disenfranchisement, and how people in poverty are persistently criminalised by state systems. We considered how stigma is furthered in cultural representations.

This was a mixture of presentations and interactive discussions.
Invited speakers:
Dr Emma Wincup, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Chiedza Chinhanu, University of Leeds Post Graduate Researcher (About practice in Zimbabwe, women & poverty)
Dr Sarah Bartley, University of Reading
Creative responses by Dr Ella Holdsworth (research associate, School of Law) and Tom Bailey (Graphic Artist)

An edited recording of the event can be found on the project YouTube site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxW9Ctwd0JQ
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxW9Ctwd0JQ
 
Description Efemera: The Origins and Survival of Clean Break Theatre Company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Clean Break archive, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, was recently catalogued and deposited at Bishopsgate Institute (London). The archive contains original playscripts, rehearsal and production photography, and original artwork from 40-years of ground-breaking productions; hand-written letters from their founders; original tv and documentary film featuring and produced by Clean Break; and their 40th Anniversary video interviews with 42 women from across their 40-year history. The AHRC team has been collaborating with Clean Break's archive project manager on aspects of the archive preparation and the developments of exhibitions based on the materials within it. The archive was launched on 19th November 2020 with an on-line event.

Clean Break's Chair, Alison Frater was joined by the founders of Clean Break, Jaqueline Holborough and Jenny Hicks to launch the archive celebrating Clean Break's 40 years. They were joined by theatre maker, Paula Varjack; Clean Break Member, Ann Whitely; Joint Artistic Director, Anna Herrmann. AHRC researcher, Dr. Sarah Bartley gave a presentation which discussed the uses of the archive today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnZDH6dB65Y
 
Description Efemera: The Origins and Survival of Clean Break Theatre Company - edited recording for You Tube 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is an edited and captioned version of Efemera: The Origins and Survival of Clean Break Theatre Company, an online event held in November 2021 to mark the launch of the Clean Break archive at Bishopsgate Institute. The edited film was launched on 27th January 2021.

In addition to the original, live audience of 118 people, the edited recording of the event will be of particular use for students, scholars and practitioners interested in the work of Clean Break theatre company as well as wider audiences interested in arts and criminal justice, women and the the criminal justice system, histories and legacies of the alternatives theatre movement and archiving practices. Since it's release, the film has, to date (8.3.22) had 449 views.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnZDH6dB65Y
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnZDH6dB65Y
 
Description Free Thinking - New research into women's history 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is the broadcast version of the podcast for New Thinking - Arts and Ideas as noted in an earlier portfolio note.

Caoimhe McAvinchey was invited to talk about the research project as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking: New research into women's history
TX: 09/03/22.


The programme covered, 'Sex strikes suggested by Suffragettes, a theatre company devoted to exploring the experiences of women in the UK prison system and the campaign to make women's rights at the heart of human rights and its links with socialist Eastern Europe: Naomi Paxton finds out about new research into women's history.'

The programme is broadcast at 10pm GMT on Radio 3 and aimed at a general public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0014ysn
 
Description In the Clean Break Archive - day long workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This online workshop was an opportunity to encounter, explore, interrogate and respond to aspects of Clean Break's archive. Led by project collaborators, Sue Mayo (artist, Goldsmiths) and Dr Molly McPhee (QMUL), and working with a curated set of materials, participants explored the multiple stories an archive can tell and uncovered our own dialogues with it. The workshop was aimed at Masters and PhD students, professionals in the criminal justice system, and freelance artists and arts workers. The participants feedback was very positive and will inform future plans to develop further archive workshops and, potentially, further funding bids. 20 people participated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description In the Clean Break Archive: Clean Break's Building - Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog was written by Dr Molly McPhee, a writer and independent researcher, explores the histories and architectures of Clean Break's building and reflects on the 2014 promenade production, This is Where We are From, as a celebration of the life of the site.

As part of our research we are committed to creating opportunities for a range of different voices to respond to the materials developed and shared during the project. Our project website hosts a research blog series which curates these voices. Each writer is commissioned and paid equally. We are actively seeking a range of writers with different areas of expertise and experience. This approach brings both a fresh perspective to the work and new audiences who are connected to/follow the writer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/in-the-clean-break-archive-clean-breaks-build...
 
Description New Research into Women's History 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Caoimhe McAvinchey was invited to talk about the research project as part of BBC Radio 3's New Thinking: Women's History podcast TX: 09/03/22.
This podcast is part of Art and Ideas, where 'Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research'

The overall podcast covered, 'Sex strikes suggested by Suffragettes, a theatre company devoted to exploring the experiences of women in the UK prison system and the campaign to make women's rights at the heart of human rights and its links with socialist Eastern Europe: Naomi Paxton finds out about new research into women's history.'

The podcast is aimed at a general public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0014ysn
 
Description Nothing About Us Without Us': Representation in Playwriting - Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This blog post is written by Emma White, a theatre maker and MA Playwriting student at Manchester University. The blog is a reflection on the Playwriting workshop led by Clean Break with students at Manchester University hosted by Prof Jenny Hughes (Drama). The blog focuses on the ethics of making and staging representations of criminalised women with Clean Break Member (Jade Small), Clean Break Joint Artistic Director, Anna Herrmann and writers, Chloe Moss and Stacey Gregg.


As part of our research we are committed to creating opportunities for a range of different voices to respond to the materials developed and shared during the project. Our project website hosts a research blog series which curates these voices. Each writer is commissioned and paid equally. We are actively seeking a range of writers with different areas of expertise and experience. This approach brings both a fresh perspective to the work and new audiences who are connected to/follow the writer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/nothing-about-us-without-us-representation-in...
 
Description Plays and Playwriting with Clean Break 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted by Prof Jenny Hughes, Drama, Manchester University as part of the Women/Theatre/Justice network.

This talk and workshop was specifically designed for UG Drama and MA Playwrighting students at Manchester University. It explored issues of collaboration, authorship, co-production, participation and representation when making theatre with and about women and the criminal justice system, engaging the expertise of Clean Break.

Prior to the session the students were given access to the Sweatbox film and to the script for Inside Bitch.

Dr Sarah Bartley from the research team introduced the project.

The session included an introductory talk about Clean Break by Anna Herrmann, Joint Artistic Director of Clean Break and contributions from Stacey Gregg (co-creator of Inside Bitch), Chloe Moss (writer of This Wide Night, There are Mountains and Sweatbox) and Jade Small (co-devisor and performer in Inside Bitch and performer in Sweatbox).

The second hour of the session focused on the development of catalysts for creative responses informed by biography and contemporary political issues as well as a wider Q&A.

Because the session was framed to support students undertaking the Theatre in Prisons and Probation module and Playwrighting programme, the issues and creative practices addressed in the session can be reflected on in further classes.

The session raised questions about representation, biography, creative distance and exposure of the self in devising and staging performance.

Students live tweeted about the workshop on @WTJ_Research
Students were commissioned to write a blog about the session which will be published on the project website womentheatrejustice.org
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Research Channel You Tube Channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We have set up a You Tube channel to support the edited audio-visual materials from the public events and seminars we have programmed during the research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPRt1UIsahtDhZAUtlUduw
 
Description Sweatbox - On-line screening premiere and discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Screening of Sweatbox short film with a panel discussion led by Anna Herrmann with Brenda Birungi, poet and creative director of Unchained Poetry, and Dr. Kate Paradine, Chief Executive of Women in Prison. 119 people attended.

This event is part of a programme of public events to increase public understanding about the issues facing criminalised women in the UK and the ways in which theatre practices have/and can continue to not only report this but engage and advance public understanding as creative critical activism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/events/sweatbox-screening-and-discussion/
 
Description The Civic Work of Arts Organisations during Covid 19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was hosted by Dr Ally Walsh, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds as part of the Women/Theatre/Justice research network.

This was a public-facing in-conversation event with Clean Break Theatre Company and Slung Low reflecting on the civic and social work of arts organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each arts company has a long history of being deeply embedded in their respective communities, this event considered how this has positioned them to attend to an intensified need during this global crisis.

Featuring the two companies and responses from Dr Jo Shah (Social Performance Network and CSSD); Dr Kara McKechnie (PCI/ Leeds and freelance dramaturg) and introduced by Dr Sarah Bartley (University of Reading and Women/Theatre/Justice researcher).


After the presentations there was a Q&A session with considerable participation covering a wide range of topics about the relationship between art and civic purpose, ecologies of social justice and the arts, care and values.

Documentation includes:
A graphic blog - Tom Bailey
https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/graphic-recording-civic-work-of-arts-organisations-during-covid-19/

A blog - Anne-marie Greene (AHRC project Co-I)
https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/the-civic-work-of-arts-organisations-during-covid-19/

Edited recording on womentheatrejustice youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP1wCiIuJSY
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/the-civic-work-of-arts-organisations-during-c...
 
Description The Civic Work of the Arts during Covid 19 - edited seminar on project You Tube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Civic Work of the Arts during Covid 19 seminar was recorded, edited and shared on the project's Women Theatre Justice You Tube channel. It is part of the project's mission to document and share conversations that will support new understandings about women, theatre, justice and organizational practices beyond the parameters of the original AHRC funded project events. Our You Tube channel offers us an opportunity to provide a library of seminar discussions which can be considered both separately and in relation to one another.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP1wCiIuJSY
 
Description The Criminalisation of Poverty - edited seminar on project You Tube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Criminalisation of Poverty seminar was recorded, edited and shared on the project's Women Theatre Justice You Tube channel. It is part of the project's mission to document and share conversations that will support new understandings about women, theatre, justice and organizational practices beyond the parameters of the original AHRC funded project events. Our You Tube channel offers us an opportunity to provide a library of seminar discussions which can be considered both separately and in relation to one another.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxW9Ctwd0JQ
 
Description The Pains of Punishment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted by Dr Gilly Sharpe, School of Law, University of Sheffield.
This online seminar was aimed principally at undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in women and the criminal justice system.

The event drew on perspectives from criminal justice research, policy and practice, as well as performance, and explored the gendered pains of punishment for criminalised women. It brought together scholars, practitioners, actors and campaigners to examine how penal practices interact with extra-penal forms of judgement and stigmatisation, and how the criminal justice system responds (or fails to respond) to women who have experienced victimisation and trauma.

This seminar included the first public screening of the film adaptation of Sweatbox, by Chloe Moss. This was followed by presentations from:

Claire Morley, Ministry of Justice

Dr Gilly Sharpe, University of Sheffield

Katy Swaine Williams, Research and Policy Consultant (formerly Prison Reform Trust)

At the time of writing, we are currently editing a blog post by an MA Criminology Student which will be uploaded to our project website imminently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/events/the-pains-of-punishment/
 
Description Theatre in the Criminal Justice System: Celebrating Clean Break Theatre Company and TIPP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This online event was hosted by Prof Jenny Hughes, Drama, Manchester University as part of the Women/Theatre/Justice network. It attended to the distinctive practices of two long-running arts and criminal justice organisations - Clean Break and TIPP - focusing on, and critiquing, ideas of survival, resilience and fragility. It contextualised the longevity and responsiveness of both organisations within wider governmental change in both criminal justice and culture.

Between them, Clean Break and TIPP have accrued 70 years worth of experience of arts practice in the criminal justice system. The event was aimed at an audience interested in collaborative, socially-engaged and creative approaches to arts practice in prisons.

Prof Jenny Hughes framed and introduced the session. Prof Caoimhe McAvinchey introduced the Women/Theatre/Justice research project. This was followed by presentations from the present Artistic Directors of Clean Break and TIPP (and current co-Chairs of the national Criminal Justice Arts Alliance), Anna Herrmann and Simon Ruding. The Q&A session allowed for a rich conversation about a wide range of issues including practitioner training, the feminisation of poverty and the challenges facing women within the criminal justice system.

Students live tweeted about the event @WTJ_Research
Students have been commissioned to write a blog which will feature on the project website - womentheatrejustice.org
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Tour of Sweatbox play (Chloe Moss) to HMP New Hall for prison staff followed by discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On Tuesday 18th March we took the Sweatbox show (in a decommissioned prison van) into the ground of HMP New Hall (Wakefield) to share with staff from the prison. 49 members of staff (prison officers, staff from education and psychology and external partner agencies and deputy governors) took part as audience members and then reflected on their experiences. The work was facilitated by Rachel Conlon who leads the York St John Prison Partnership Project with HMP New Hall. There is a history of drama and theatre for the women in prison but none for the staff. This was an opportunity for staff to talk about the experiences of the women they work with, about the possibilities of theatre to prompt a wider public conversation and a reflection on their work. Rachel Conlon is in continual contact with the prison and we will reflect on the longer term responses later in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Tour of Sweatbox play (Chloe Moss) to York St Johns (York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact On Wednesday 19th February we toured Sweatbox to York St Johns. The decomissioned prison van was parked on campus, in front of the VC's office. There were 6 performances in the van playing to maximum capacity, 72. This was followed by a discussion event with members of the public, students, the cast and crew of Sweatbox and academics from York St John and the AHRC project. The conversation ranged from the impact of the work on enhancing audiences' understandings about the criminalisation of women and the material conditions of their transportation; the ethics of empathy; the ethics of research about women and the criminal justice system and possible modes of dissemination for this research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Voices from Prison - Online event - film and discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A live screening of the Voices from Prison film, followed by a panel discussion led by Anna Herrmann alongside Clean Break artist facilitator Laura Asare, and Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Engagement at Prison Reform Trust. This event was part of a programme of public events to increase public understanding about the issues facing criminalised women in the UK and the ways in which theatre practices have/and can continue to not only report this but engage and advance public understanding as part of a wider creative critical activism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/events/voices-prison/
 
Description WTJ_Research facebook account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We set up a project facebook account - https://www.facebook.com/WTJResearch - to publicise and disseminate research activities and findings related to our project and to connect with others interested in or working in the areas of arts, women and the criminal justice system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.facebook.com/WTJResearch
 
Description WTJ_Research twitter account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We set up a project twitter account - WTJ_Research - to publicise and disseminate research activities and findings related to our project and to connect with others interested in or working in the areas of arts, women and the criminal justice system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://twitter.com/WTJ_Research
 
Description Women Only Organisations - Managing Differently? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This online event aimed to explore organisational and management practices within women-only organisations. Speakers reflected on practices within Clean Break and on wider academic research and expertise, to explore what shared leadership means in practice.

Hosted by Anne-marie Greene (University of Leicester School of Business) and Deborah Dean (Warwick Business School).
This online seminar was aimed at practitioners and researchers interested in understanding more how Clean Break works as an organisation, run by women for women, with distinctive organisational practices characterised by learning through listening to the voices of those involved in its work and the implications of these practices for management and leadership more widely.

Speakers Erin Gavaghan, Executive Director, Clean Break and Professor Gill Kirton, Queen Mary, University of London

Erin Gavaghan reflected on the advantages and challenges of how shared leadership has manifest at Clean Break over the past two years. Gill Kirton responded drawing on her academic expertise and practitioner experience in the field of women-only organising.

There was space for small group discussion and Q&A.

45 people attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/events/women-only-organisations-managing-differently/
 
Description Women-only organisations - Managing Differently? - Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog is written by Mary Ann le Lean, a doctoral research at Warwick Business School, exploring gender equality at executive level in the UK arts sector. She reflects on Women Only Organisations: Managing Differently? to draw together key areas from across the seminar.

As part of our research we are committed to creating opportunities for a range of different voices to respond to the materials developed and shared during the project. Our project website hosts a research blog series which curates these voices. Each writer is commissioned and paid equally. We are actively seeking a range of writers with different areas of expertise and experience. This approach brings both a fresh perspective to the work and new audiences who are connected to/follow the writer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/women-only-organisations-managing-differently...
 
Description Women-only organisations - Working Differently? - Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog, written by Mary Ann le Lean, reflects on the seminar, Clean Break: Working Differently? Mary Ann is a doctoral research at Warwick Business School, exploring gender equality at executive level in the UK arts sector.

As part of our research we are committed to creating opportunities for a range of different voices to respond to the materials developed and shared during the project. Our project website hosts a research blog series which curates these voices. Each writer is commissioned and paid equally. We are actively seeking a range of writers with different areas of expertise and experience. This approach brings both a fresh perspective to the work and new audiences who are connected to/follow the writer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/research/research-blog/women-only-organisations-working-differently/
 
Description Women/Theatre/Justice research project website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We have created a project website - womentheatrejustice.org - to hold information about the research project and to host a range of forms (blogs, videos of seminars, graphic documentation) which will engage a wide range of audiences with the research and it's findings.

We collaborated with Millipedia to create a highly accessible and engaging site that allows us to share the research as it progresses.

It is important that the website reflects a diversity of voices and representations of new understandings developing through the research eg through blog posts, working with the project artist in residence (Laura Dean) and linking with our project YouTube channel and twitter account.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://womentheatrejustice.org/
 
Description Working with Incarcerated Women in the Context of Covid 19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was hosted by Dr Sarah Bartley, School of Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading.

The COVID 19 pandemic has exposed a myriad of healthcare, human rights, education, rehabilitation, and capacity issues within the UK criminal justice system. This event brought together speakers from Criminal Justice, Arts and Culture, and the Women's Sector to reflect on how the coronavirus has impacted the lives of incarcerated women and those encountering the criminal justice system at this time.

Kate Paradine (Chief Executive, Women in Prison), Paula Harriott (Head of Prisoner Engagement, Prison Reform Trust); and Emma Torr (Appeal (Women's Justice Initiative), each shared their perspectives on how the women they work with have been affected by the pandemic. The speakers also highlighted the advocacy and campaigning that organisations are undertaking in this moment in order to think about how we might push for change during this moment of crisis.

Anna Herrmann, Yasmin Joseph and River (Clean Break Theatre Company) then shared the creative arts practice their organisations have been undertaking within and beyond the prison estate during this period of social isolation. They considered how creative and participatory arts practices can continue to make work that involves and represents incarcerated women under these increased restrictions.

Artists from Clean Break and the Prison Partnership Project - Unique Spencer and Polly Frame - then shared short pieces of performance emerging from their creative practice during this period.

The Q&A session was chaired by Caoimhe McAvinchey (QMUL, Women/Theatre/Justice)

The event was illustrated by Jenny Leonard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLAjBFE_Ax8
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLAjBFE_Ax8
 
Description Working with Incarcerated Women in the Context of Covid 19 - edited seminar on project You Tube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Working with Incarcerated Women in the Context of Covid 19 seminar was recorded, edited and shared on the project's Women Theatre Justice You Tube channel. It is part of the project's mission to document and share conversations that will support new understandings about women, theatre, justice and organizational practices beyond the parameters of the original AHRC funded project events. Our You Tube channel offers us an opportunity to provide a library of seminar discussions which can be considered both separately and in relation to one another.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9xOwiUSqMA