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 from HMPYOI Low Newton and originally toured to male prisons, Key Change is a raw and illuminating portrayal of women in prison.
Directed by Laura Lindow, written by Catrina McHugh and originally commissioned by Dilly Arts, Key Change won the Carol Tambor 'Best of Edinburgh' Award 2015 and was at New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre, off-Broadway from 7th - 31st January 2016.
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.