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Please support our crowdfunding campaign

Please support our crowdfunding campaign

We've just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help us take Key Change to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Please donate what you can and help us bring the voices of women in prison - some of the most marginalised women in the UK - to an international audience.


Key Change was devised by women in HMP Low Newton working with Open Clasp in 2014, in a project commissioned by Dilly Arts, the only north east arts development company specialising in working with people in prison.

“I first had my experience with Open Clasp when I unfortunately went to prison, a very dark time. These women came in, told me what it was all about – to be strong, have courage, be open about issues in life…they got me through my time in prison.” Cheryl Byron, collaborator on Key Change in HMP Low Newton

It was originally toured to male prisons and is a powerful and illuminating portrayal of the lives of women in prison.

"Brilliant performance and it really reminded me of the man I once was and the hurt I have caused others but also of how far I have come and the man I am now... brilliant."  Man in HMP Frankland

Many thanks for your support

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