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Current Work

Get free tickets to be part of the audience for multi award winning Key Change as we film at Gala Theatre, Durham in August.

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

Key Change

Devised with women in HMP Low Newton and Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015 . Critics Pick in the New York Times.


Sugar is our new production devised with women in HMP Low Newton, Women's Direct Access Homelessness Service and women on probation attending a...

Jumping Puddles Training Resource

Our brilliant free resource using footage, images & sound-bites from Jumping Puddles to address homophobic bullying, cyberbullying and...

Jumping Puddles

Open Clasp's production in collaboration with Frantic Assembly; directly informed by 162 marginalised young women from the North East and...

Jumping Puddles portraits

We were thrilled to commission international photo journalist  Phyllis Christopher to work with some of the young women who took part in the...


Enabling Project


Songlines is a beautiful multi-media installation created from interviews and conversations with women from minority communities who live in the...

Regional Tour 2013

The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us has now completed a successful tour around the region reaching over 2,500 people through performances and workshops.

Regional Tour 2012

Swags & Tails

"Fantastically Moving" (audience member) Swags & Tails has now completed a successful tour around the region reaching over 2,500 people.


Regional tour 2011


Jodie might have that undefinable "something" that makes for star quality, and she's on the move, and so is mum Evie and neighbours Lisa and...

Falling Knives & Runaround Wives tours 2001, 2002-2006

Regional Tour 2001 - 2006

Falling Knives and Runaround Wives

Set over the hectic, unforgiving season of Christmas and New Year, Falling Knives and Runaround Wives unfolds with four very different women...

After Her Death  North East tours

Regional tour 1999/2002

After Her Death

With the supernatural power to start and stop time with a single clap, four mothers, whether following their offspring to the swimming pool or the...

North East tours of Stand 'n' Tan, 2004 & 2009

Regional Tour 2004/2009

Stand 'n' Tan

Set in a local ‘Stand ‘n’ Tan’ single mam Joanne is preparing for her imminent wedding- with a little help from her baby sister Sarah and...

Tonic North East tour 2007

Regional Tour 2007


Set during the World Cup, Tonic tells the story of four women trying, unsuccessfully, to get away from the football! Zoe heads off to a caravan...

A Twist of Lemon tour, 2008

Regional Tour 2008

A Twist of Lemon

Butch Jackie wants a holiday, so four women set off to the island of Lesvos. However a lost suitcase, along with a white knuckle ride on the...

Rattle & Roll North East tour 2010

Regional Tour 2010

Rattle & Roll

Four women are trying to jump track. A new name, street and settee mean a new start, a way out and a past left behind.