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MBE for our Artistic Director

MBE for our Artistic Director

We are absolutely delighted that our Artistic Director and Writer Catrina McHugh has received an MBE for outstanding services to disadvantaged women through theatre in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List.

On receiving the MBE for outstanding services to disadvantaged women through theatre she said, “This honour values the important and vital role theatre plays in celebrating the strengths and resilience of women, those who survive experiences that no-one should have to and many wouldn't be able to. This honour is theirs, they are heroes in their own story to survive and I am honoured to have had their trust, and to tell their stories.

Read some of the coverage here:


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