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Jumping Puddles

What do young women demand...

On our Jumping Puddles tour we've been asking young women to put together a list of demands. We wanted to share some of their brilliant responses with you...  

What audiences are saying about Jumping Puddles

‘I AM STILL CRYING’ Amazing play, brilliant acting, and authentically Geordie... All the issues handled with dignity. It was fantastic.’  

Reviews come pouring in for Jumping Puddles

“performed with panache and agility by four excellent young actresses… Jumping Puddles should strike chords, touch hearts, entertain and maybe even educate on its northern tour.”  The Journal  

Cast and Creative Team announced for Jumping Puddles

We have a brilliant cast and creative team on board for Jumping Puddles, read on for details...  

Jumping Puddles tour dates!

Read on for up-to-date tour dates for Jumping Puddles in February and March 2015  

Bring Jumping Puddles to your group or venue - last few dates available

Would you like to host a performance of Jumping Puddles at your group or venue - we still have a few available dates in February and March 2015.

Announcing our 7 creative bursary recipients

We're delighted to welcome 7 young women into the company to work with the creative team on Jumping Puddles  

Brilliant response to our workshops with Frantic Assembly

We've had a really positive response from the young women to our workshops with Frantic Assembly, exploring their physical style. Read their comments below...  

Working with the brilliant Frantic Assembly

We’re really excited to be working with renowned physical theatre company Frantic Assembly throughout our Fracking Up North project collaborating with young women in the North East and North West.  

Four outstanding young women receive our bursaries

We are delighted to have recruited 4 brilliant and passionate young women in the first round of our bursary programme to work with us on Fracking Up North.  

Fracking Up North - Young Women's Project

We are looking for young women's groups from the North East to take part in Fracking Up North, Open Clasp's new project.

Jumping Puddles toured in February and March 2015 to the following venues:

9 Feb 2015
Throsten Youth Project, Hartlepool

10 Feb 2015
Caedmon Hall, Gateshead

12 Feb 2015
Throckley Community Hall

16 Feb 2015
Queens Campus, Stockton

18 Feb 2015
Ouseburn Community Centre, Newcastle

19 Feb 2015
Brittan Hall, Teesside University

20 Feb 2015
Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project @ Southwick Community Primary School

25 Feb 2015

26 Feb 2015

27 Feb 2015
West End Women & Girls Centre, Newcastle

5 - 7 Mar 2015

10 Mar 2015
Aspire @ Bullion Hall, Chester-le-Street

12 Mar 2015

13 Mar 2015
West End Women & Girls Centre, Newcastle

14 Mar 2015
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland @ West End Women & Girls Centre
Women only

18th - 19 Mar 2015
Riverside Community Health Project, Newcastle

24 - 28 Mar 2015, 7:30pm

Jumping Puddles was directly informed by 162 young women from the North East of England and Liverpool.

From September 2013 Open Clasp worked with groups of marginalised young women to inform a play about their lives, which toured the North East and Liverpool in February and March 2015. The play was developed in collaboration with the fantastic Frantic Assembly who worked with us and the young women throughout the project.

A fantastic free training resource was developed from Jumping Puddles for young people to explore issues of homophobic bullying (including cyber bullying) and domestic abuse. The resource can be used directly as a website for young people and is also free to use for teachers and youth workers with downloadable lesson and session plans, film clips, images and sound-bites provided to help (KS3 & 4).



Two sisters at war suddenly find their world turned upside down.

As the autumn nights draw in and the rain falls Grace and Anna find themselves trying to stay afloat as they jump from one puddle of emotion to another.  Now the puddle is in danger of becoming a river and Anna fears Grace will be taken by the tide

Jumping Puddles is a funny and moving story about two sisters fast-tracked to adulthood as they discover it's hard being a girl but harder still when faced with the harsh reality and fragility of life.

Maria Crocker - Kim
Lauren Kellegher - Anna
Paislie Reid - Chloe
Molly Roberts - Grace

Creative Team:
Director - Rosie Kellagher
Writer - Catrina McHugh
Movement Director - Krista Vuori for Frantic Assembly
Set and Costume Designer - Emily James
Lighting and Video Designer - Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn
Sound and Music Designer - Mariam Rezaei
Creative Producer - Jill Heslop
Production Manager - Chloe Ribbens
Stage Manager - Shona Wright
Deputy Stage Manager - Nicola Morris
Technical Assistant - Victoria Copeland

Bursary Recipients:
Assistant to the Facilitator - Laura Christer
Assistant to the Lighting Designer - Victoria Copeland
Assistant to the Director - Jessica Martin
Assistant to the Movement Director - Katie Patterson
Assistant to the Set Designer - Nina Scott
Assistant to the Sound Designer - Charlotte Woods
Assistant to the Writer - Louise Young

Programme image - Phyllis Christopher
Promotional material design  - Joseph White


“performed with panache and agility by four excellent young actresses…Jumping Puddles should strike chords, touch hearts, entertain and maybe even educate on its northern tour.” The Journal

“entertaining and moving…The young cast give performances which are both subtle and intense.” British Theatre Guide

“a thought provoking and honest piece of theatre that certainly succeeds in its aims of giving a true voice to women in the North.” The Public Reviews


Actor Lauren Kellagher talks about where she calls home, her work in theatre, film and TV, and the show in this interview with The Northern Echo.

This looks set to be one vibrant and exciting piece of theatre…guaranteed to make one heck of  a splash.” NARC magazine

Feedback from participants who informed Jumping Puddles:

“Open Clasp have made me inspired by hearing people’s views.”

“I liked it I thought it was going to be totally different, thought we were going to be tables, that kind of stuff, or trees, you know what I mean….proper weird, good, never thought I would do it, when I think of dance, I would think nah, but it was really good”

“I thought it was really, really good.  I found it quite emotional at times, really touching.”

“I liked the theatre side of it especially how emotional it gets, when people watch and interpret the same thing as the message you’re trying to put across. And when people get that, then it can make you quite emotional.  We were nearly crying, as we were a boy and a girl going through stuff, and when you can relate to the story, it was great”