The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women

Janaina Leite and Lara Duarte (São Paulo) and Clean Break (London)

14 – 22 Jun

Brixton House

Prices from £18


Standard Tickets: £22

Concessions: £18

Preview Tickets: £15 Performances on the 14 and 15 June only are Preview Tickets


LIFT Festival Welcomes All: £5 Tickets (SOLD OUT)


Age Recommendation: 16+



Approximate Run Time:

90 Minutes


Post-show discussion on Thursday 20 June with the creative team.


  • The venue is completely wheelchair accessible, if you wish to book a wheelchair ticket, please contact the venue.
  • There will be two BSL interpreted performances on Wednesday 19 June at 2pm, and Saturday 22 June at 7.30pm
  • There will be Portuguese, Spanish and English captions for the show. It will be offered on all days (except the 2pm show on 22 June) through a tablet available for a maximum of 20 people per show. To book a tablet please contact


  • Audiences may be invited to move around the theatre during the performance
  • The venue has gender neutral toilets

Content Warning

Because the subject matter in The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women might be challenging to engage with, particularly if you have personal experience of the subject matter, we have created a self-care guide to accompany the production. This guide contains content notices, self-care tips and information about relevant support services and helplines.

Full content notices (listed in the downloadable self-care guide) are:

  • Criminalisation and depictions of the criminal justice system
  • Death
  • Difficult family relationships including motherhood
  • Discussion of racism
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Gender based violence / sexual violence
  • Haze
  • Model of a severed head including fake blood
  • The care system
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 Leite, Lara 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.



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

Co-creator and Dramaturg Rachel Valentine Smith
Set & Costume Design Alex Berry
Lighting Design Sarah Readman
Sound Design Mwen

BSL interpreter Rachel Rebecca Jones

Image Credit © Fliss at @peek.images

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



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