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About Open Clasp

We are a multi award-winning women’s theatre company seen as exemplars in our field with a proven track-record of success since 1998. Our unique approach and practice collaborates with women on the margins of society to create exciting theatre for personal, social and political change.
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Critics Pick "a moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives in a British prison" New York Times
★★★★ "Exquisite... Singing with an everyday poetry as if the devising process had unlocked a waterfall of creativity" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
★★★★★ "A touching, empowering work that hits the hat-trick of great script, direction and performance" The Stage
"Open Clasp is truly a treasure of the north east that must be supported and encouraged to become a treasure of the nation" British Theatre Guide
"Open Clasp have the balls, the brains and above all, the sense of humour, to tackle issues in a fresh and beguiling way" Metro
"Open Clasp’s work shows a grass roots radicalism and genuine commitment, coupled with professionalism" British Theatre Guide

Currently...Key Change

Devised with women in HMP Low Newton and Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015 . Named Critics Pick in the New York Times following off-Broadway run.

Rattle Snake

Rattle Snake

It's like living trying to predict the unpredictable

A play about the impact of coercive controlling behaviours

Inspired by the women who put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories and based on research by Durham University and Durham Constabulary.