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Thoughts on our new project Promise

Thoughts on our new project Promise

13th May 2016

We set up residency in a women’s hostel in Manchester this week, working each day and night with women in the canteen. Last night, Laura Lindow and I were joined by the brilliant Maggie O’Neill. Every night we’ve finished the session all sitting round a big table and sharing a lovely meal cooked by workers Tricia and Jane. Last night they drew their character, and talked about the places she has walked away from my garden, little tree, roses, friends, peace, happiness and order. As well as prison, kids homes, family, violent partners, my life! We finish tomorrow and it’s been an honour to spend time with each and everyone of these women, and we’ll return but know due to the nature of homelessness it’s unlikely we’ll see them again.

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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