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Wonderful women at HMPYOI Low Newton

Wonderful women at HMPYOI Low Newton

We've been collaborating with a group of women in HMPYOI Low Newton since February to enable them to tell their stories and to perform a piece to their fellow inmates. Each week the piece develops and the women continue to create amazingly beautiful and truthful scenes capturing their lives and stories.

Our lovely Patron, Charlie Hardwick, attended rehearsals at Low Newton last Friday and was thrilled with the work the women are creating:

"I am blown away by this group of women.  The depiction of the story is gripping.  The commitment and passion is palpable.  You have created, are creating, a powerful, hard-hitting, inspiring, graceful, elegant, important drama. i feel privileged"

We have a brilliant team working alongside Catrina supporting the women to create this play; Director Laura Lindow, Choreographer Holly Irving, and Actors Cheryl Dixon and Jessica Johnson.

The piece will be developed into a professional theatre production written by Catrina McHugh and directed by Laura Lindow which will tour the male prisons in the North East culminating in public performances at Live Theatre on 7th June.


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