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About us

Mission Statement

Open Clasp is a women's theatre company and we specialise in creating high quality theatre from a female gaze for mixed audiences. Open Clasp’s work is created in collaboration with women from the North of England.

The company exists to make truthful, risk taking theatre which is informed by the lived experiences of the women and young women we work with. We want our work to make space for social debate and to encourage our audiences to walk in the shoes of women, including those who are the most disempowered in our society.

Our work is performed in a range of settings including regional producing theatres, village halls, conferences and community centres. We have a developing audience and a loyal following which includes women who share the life stories of the characters we depict. We know of no other organisation that works the way that we do.

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