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The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women

14 June-22 June

The world premiere of The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women asks what is justice, and who has the power to decide. This bold and theatrical experience is part of LIFT Festival 2024 in partnership with Clean Break.

Lift and Clean Break, in proud association with Brixton House, present the World Premiere of



Women who dare to transgress will face judgement. 

The world premiere of The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women asks what is justice, and who has the power to decide. This bold and theatrical experience immerses us in the haze between the shared rituals of theatre and the halls of justice.

A passion is what obsesses us, what we take risks for. Throughout history, driven by “passion”,  women have crossed the line between the legal and illegal, the moral and immoral and, because of that, faced the laws of their time.  Whether in public trials or in the intimacy of homes, a visible and invisible struggle has been waged against women who are judged for their passions.

Brazilian theatremakers Janaina LeiteLara Duarte and Clean Break theatre company Members devise an epic journey through the theatre of judgement. We encounter the voices of historic, mythic women and the personal stories and passions of the women on stage, labelled as transgressive as truth and fiction collide.

Important show information:

  • Running time approx 90 minutes
  • Content warning – Act 3 contains haze
  • Audiences may be invited to move around the theatre during the performances



Created by Janaina Leite , Lara Duarte & Athena Maria, Yvonne Wickham, Sarah-Jane Dent, Dominique Lavine Wood-Whyte, Kim Teresa (KT) Marsh 

Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction Janaina Leite

Co-Direction, Dramaturgy and Writing Lara Duarte

Clean Break Associate Artist & Dramaturg Rachel Valentine Smith
Set & Costume Design Alex Berry
Lighting Design Sarah Readman
Sound Design Mwen

Co-produced by LIFT and Clean Break in proud association with Brixton House. Supported by Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 



Tickets: £22, £18 concessions, £16 preview tickets
Recommended age: 16+
Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes
Fri 14 Jun 7:30pm
Sat 15 Jun 7:30pm
Mon 17 Jun 7:30pm
Tue 18 Jun 7:30pm
Wed 19 Jun 2:00pm
BSL Interpreted
Wed 19 Jun 7:30pm
Thu 20 Jun 7:30pm
Fri 21 Jun 7:30pm
Sat 22 Jun 2:00pm
Sat 22 Jun 7:30pm
BSL Interpreted