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Bring Key Change to your group or venue - September 2015

Bring Key Change to your group or venue - September 2015

Open Clasp’s production Key Change is touring in September 2015 and available to book for your group or venue now.

The prison van, fences high, a Magpie. One for sorrow. Snatched the babies.  The mother fought, but it was too big, and flew too high. Devised by women from HMPYOI Low Newton and originally toured to male prisons, Key Change is a raw and illuminating portrayal of women in prison.

Key Change was devised by a group of women in Low Newton prison, working with Open Clasp, in early 2014 in a project commissioned by Dilly Arts designed to bring their stories to a male audience. The piece was first performed by the women to their peers and then re-developed and toured on the women’s behalf by professional actors for a tour of male prisons in the North East.

Issues that the performance covers are: Domestic abuse, substance use and dependence, sexual violence, criminalisation of women, gender violence, child abuse, violence against women and girls.

Tour information

Key Change is touring Northern England in September 2015 at a cost of £700 for a 1 hour performance followed by a 1 hour workshop.


Please contact Jill on 0191 2724063 or by email for available dates

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