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Woman's Hour, Houses of Parliament and National Tour

Live on Woman's Hour on Tuesday 25th October before our performance at the Houses of Parliament and National Tour.  

Key Change - National Tour 2016

Key Change is on a National Tour during Autumn/Winter 2016.  

We won the Arts Council Award at Journal Culture Awards!

We're so happy to have won the Arts Council Award at last night's Journal Culture Awards.

Key Change is Critics Pick in the NY Times!

Charles Isherwood reviews Key Change in New York and names as Critics Pick  

September tour dates for Key Change

Have a look below for all the tour dates for Key Change in September - touring to the North East and Yorkshire...  

Key Change is heading to New York!

We're delighted to announce that we won the Carol Tambor 'Best of Edinburgh' Award 2015 and will be taking Key Change to the New York Theatre Workshop, off-Broadway from 6th - 31st January 2016.  

Reviews galore for Key Change

We have had some amazing reviews in Edinburgh including 5***** in The Stage - read more below...

Key Change in the Guardian

Read the lovely piece in yesterday's Guardian Culture about Key Change and taking it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August  

Please support our crowdfunding campaign

We're crowdfunding to help us take Key Change to Edinburgh - please support us by donating what you can.  

Bring Key Change to your group or venue - September 2015

Key Change is touring Northern England in September 2015 and available to book for your group or venue.  

Key Change is going to Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

We're delighted to announce that we are taking Key Change to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August as part of Northern Stage's 2015 programme at Summerhall.  

"Shockingly realistic and thought provoking!"

Read some of the brilliant feedback we're receiving for Key Change on our tour of male prisons in the North East...

Responses to Key Change from Low Newton women

"Powerful, dramatic, amazing and emotional.  Should be shown on prime time TV."

Wonderful women at HMPYOI Low Newton

The women at HMPYOI Low Newton continue to create amazingly beautiful and truthful scenes capturing their lives and stories.  

AUTUMN/WINTER 2016 NATIONAL TOUR

Key Change is on a national tour from 24th October - 10th December 2016

24 – 26 October
Battersea Arts Centre (SOLD OUT)
(t) 020 7223 2223

25 October
Houses of Parliament
By invitation only

28 October
Gala Theatre, Durham
(t) 03000 266600

31 October – 19 November is presented by house www.housetheatre.org.uk

31 October
The Bay Theatre (Weymouth College Theatre)
(t) 01305 208702

3 November
Arts At the Old Firestation, Oxford (SOLD OUT)
(t) 01865 305305

4 November
The Quarry Theatre, Bedford
(t) 01234 362337 / 01234 362335

9 November
Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
(t) 01223 352932

10 November
Theatre Royal, Margate
(t) 01843 292795

15 November
Canterbury Gulbenkian
(t) 01227 769 075

16 November
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead (SOLD OUT)
(t) 01628 788997

17 November
Farnham Maltings (SOLD OUT)
(t) 01252 745 444

18 November
Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead (SOLD OUT)
(t) 01442 228091

19 November
ArtsDepot, London (SOLD OUT)
(t) 020 8369 5454

22 – 24 November
Contact Theatre, Manchester
(t) 0161 274 0600

25 November
Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield

26 November
Arts Centre, Washington
(t) 0191 561 3455

28 November - 1 December
West End Women & Girls Centre
2 December
West End Women & Girls Centre (women only)
(t) 0191 273 4942
8 – 10 December

Live Theatre, Newcastle (SOLD OUT)
(t) 0191 232 1232

 


24 – 26 October

Battersea Arts Centre

(t) 020 7223 2223

(w) www.bac.org.uk

25 October

House of Commons

28 October

Gala Theatre, Durham

(t) 03000 266600

(w) www.galadurham.co.uk

31 October – 19 November is presented by house www.housetheatre.org.uk

31 October

The Bay Theatre (Weymouth College Theatre)

(t) 01305 208702

(w) www.weymouth.ac.uk/the-bay-theatre

3 November

Arts At the Old Firestation, Oxford

(t) 01865 305305

(w) www.oldfirestation.org.uk

4 November

The Quarry Theatre, Bedford

(t) 01234 362337 / 01234 362335

(w) www.quarrytheatre.org

8 November

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

(t) 01223 352932

(w) www.anglia.ac.uk/arts-law-and-social-sciences/mumford-theatre

10 November

Theatre Royal, Margate

(t) 01843 292795

(w) www.theatreroyalmargate.com

15 November

Canterbury Gulbenkian

(t) 01227 769 075

(w) www.thegulbenkian.co.uk

16 November

Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

(t) 01628 788997

(w) https://norden.farm

17 November

Farnham Maltings

(t) 01252 745 444

(w) www.farnhammaltings.com

18 November

Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead

(t) 01442 228091

(w) https://toth.dacorum.gov.uk/

19 November

ArtsDepot, London

(t) 020 8369 5454

(w) www.artsdepot.co.uk

22 – 24 November

Contact Theatre, Manchester

(t) 0161 274 0600

(w) www.contactmcr.com

26 November

Arts Centre, Washington

(t) 0191 561 3455

(w) www.artscentrewashington.co.uk

8 – 10 December

Live Theatre, Newcastle

(t) 0191 232 1232

(w) www.live.org.uk

24 – 26 October

Battersea Arts Centre

(t) 020 7223 2223

(w) www.bac.org.uk

 

25 October

House of Commons

 

28 October

Gala Theatre, Durham

(t) 03000 266600

(w) www.galadurham.co.uk

 

31 October – 19 November is presented by house www.housetheatre.org.uk

 

31 October

The Bay Theatre (Weymouth College Theatre)

(t) 01305 208702

(w) www.weymouth.ac.uk/the-bay-theatre

 

3 November

Arts At the Old Firestation, Oxford

(t) 01865 305305

(w) www.oldfirestation.org.uk

 

4 November

The Quarry Theatre, Bedford

(t) 01234 362337 / 01234 362335

(w) www.quarrytheatre.org

 

8 November

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

(t) 01223 352932

(w) www.anglia.ac.uk/arts-law-and-social-sciences/mumford-theatre

 

10 November

Theatre Royal, Margate

(t) 01843 292795

(w) www.theatreroyalmargate.com

 

15 November

Canterbury Gulbenkian

(t) 01227 769 075

(w) www.thegulbenkian.co.uk

 

16 November

Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

(t) 01628 788997

(w) https://norden.farm

 

17 November

Farnham Maltings

(t) 01252 745 444

(w) www.farnhammaltings.com

 

18 November

Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead

(t) 01442 228091

(w) https://toth.dacorum.gov.uk/

 

19 November

ArtsDepot, London

(t) 020 8369 5454

(w) www.artsdepot.co.uk

 

22 – 24 November

Contact Theatre, Manchester

(t) 0161 274 0600

(w) www.contactmcr.com

 

26 November

Arts Centre, Washington

(t) 0191 561 3455

(w) www.artscentrewashington.co.uk

 

8 – 10 December

Live Theatre, Newcastle

(t) 0191 232 1232

(w) www.live.org.uk

KEY CHANGE IS ON A NATIONAL TOUR AUTUMN/WINTER 2016 - CLICK TOUR DATES ON LEFT HAND SIDE FOR DETAILS.

The prison van, fences high, a Magpie.  One for sorrow.  Snatched the babies. The mother fought, but it was too big, and flew too high.

Devised with women in HMP Low Newton to tour to male prisons, critically-acclaimed Key Change carries their voices over the razor wire in a raw and illuminating portrayal of women in prison.

Winner of The Carol Tambor 'Best of Edinburgh' Award 2015, Key Change premiered in New York in 2016 and was awarded the prestigious New York Times Critics Pick.

Written by Catrina McHugh
Directed by Laura Lindow

The New York Times Critics Pick “a moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives in a British prison.” Read the full New York Times review here

★★★★★ The Stage “A touching, empowering work that hits the hat-trick of great script, direction and performance" The Stage

★★★★ The Guardian "Exquisite… singing with an everyday poetry as if the devising process had unlocked a waterfall of creativity" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Cast:

  • Angie - Jessica Johnson
  • Lucy - Cheryl Dixon
  • Kelly - Christina Berriman Dawson
  • Kim - Judi Earl
  • Lorraine - Kate McCheyne
Creative Team:

  • Devised with women in HMPYOI Low Newton
  • Writer: Catrina McHugh
  • Director: Laura Lindow
  • Lighting Designer: Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn
  • Composer & Sound Designer: Roma Yagnik
  • Creative Producer: Jill Heslop
  • Stage Manager: Kate McCheyne
  • Deputy Stage Manager (Edinburgh, 2015 and NYC): Victoria Copeland
  • Original choreography by: Holly Irving
  • Movement support by: Holly 'KiJjala' Rose

Background and original tour:

Open Clasp were originally commissioned by Dilly Arts, the only north east arts development company specialising in working with people in prison, to work with women in HMPYOI Low Newton, UK. Open Clasp worked with the women to enable them to tell their stories, and devise and rehearse a new piece of theatre 'Key Change' which was performed by the women to their peers in May 2014 with a brilliant response.

This was re-developed and toured on the women’s behalf by professional actors for a tour of male prisons in the North East of England, culminating in performances to the women of Low Newton followed by sold out performances at Live Theatre, Newcastle, UK in June 2014.

Our visit to New York as part of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015 was supported by:

Reviews:

'Critics Pick' in the New York Times “a moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives in a British prison.” Read the full New York Times review here

"a tale told with kinetic honesty and tightly controlled tenderness" ★★★★ The Scotsman

"Exquisite" ★★★★ The Guardian

"a touching, empowering work that hits the hat-trick of great script, direction and performance."★★★★★ The Stage

Winner of the Arts Council Award at the Journal Culture Awards 2016

Feedback from women in HMPYOI Low Newton (original tour)

"I didn’t expect what I saw.  I was overwhelmed and brought close to tears a few times. I am a woman who has been a victim of domestic violence and I am elated at your efforts in this cause. Well done everyone involved. You were amazing. Good luck in your future plans, my love and best wishes go with you."

"I was moved to tears throughout the performance. Laughed on some occasions as well. It was a very moving emotive piece and very true to many women’s experiences. I would have paid to see it at the theatre. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing work."

"It was fantastic and heart wrenching.  I was teary eyed."

"Very hard hitting. Well acted. Good performance. Overall needs more things like this to make people understand how soul destroying men can be."

"The storyline was true to life. The women acted it out as real as it happened to me. Thank you ladies for your brave performance."

Feedback from men in HMP Frankland  (original tour)

"Excellent!  Really enjoyed it. Very thought provoking and hard hitting. Serves as a powerful reminder to staff about the issues female prisoners face and hopefully hits home with those who perpetrate domestic violence.  Hats off to the female prisoners at Low Newton who I understood helped write it" Mike Calvert, Head of Reducing Reoffending, HMP Frankland

"I thought that this would be a waste of my time but it was well worth it, the story was great and the acting was perfect, I'd watch this over and over again and hope they come back soon.  This story has already started to give me thoughts and reflections on my own life and future...thank you for brilliant show" Male Prisoner, HMP Frankland

"Brilliant performance and it really reminded me of the man I once was and the hurt I have caused others but also it has reminded me of how far I have come and the man I am now...brilliant" Male Prisoner, HMP Frankland