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Rattle Snake

Cast announced for Rattle Snake

We're delighted to announce the cast for our new production Rattle Snake touring in Autumn 2017.  

Rattle Snake touring in the Autumn

We're delighted to announce that our new play Rattle Snake will be co-produced with Live Theatre Newcastle, in association with York Theatre Royal for a tour in the Autumn (including a week at Soho Theatre).  

Training Durham police in coercive control

Since October we've been training frontline officers in Durham in coercive controlling behaviours using our new play Rattle Snake.  

Autumn Tour 2017

  • 21 - 30 Sep: Live Theatre, Newcastle www.live.org.uk / 0191 232 1232
  • 2 Oct: Rape Crisis @ Morpeth Town Hall rattlesnakerctn.eventbrite.co.uk
  • 3 Oct: Teesside University, Middlesbrough 01642 738232
  • 4 Oct: Sunderland Stages @ The Royalty Theatre sunderlandstages.co.uk / 0191 561 3455
  • 5 Oct: Riverside Community Health Project, Newcastle 0191 226 0754
  • 9 Oct: Linhope Referral Unit (closed performance)
  • 11 Oct: Trinity Academy, Newcastle (closed performance)
  • 12 Oct: West End Women & Girls Centre, Newcastle 0191 273 4942
  • 13 Oct: Durham University
  • 17 - 21 Oct: York Theatre Royal yorktheatreroyal.co.uk / 01904 623568
  • 24 - 28th Oct: Soho Theatre, London sohotheatre.com / 020 7478 0100
Rattle Snake
Produced by Open Clasp and Live Theatre in association with York Theatre Royal

Written by Catrina McHugh
Directed by Charlotte Bennett

A story with no ending; a chance meeting with one man changes the lives of two women forever. Now they both live trying to predict the unpredictable.

Rattle Snake is an epic tale, based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse.

Coinciding with the change in UK law in 2015 making coercive control in relationships a crime, Rattle Snake was originally commissioned by Durham University and Durham Constabulary and funded by Durham PCC and the AHRC and is used in the training of frontline police officers.

Approx. 1 hour
Suitable for ages 13+

Background to Project:

Rattle Snake was part of a project commissioned by Durham University and Durham Constabulary and funded by Durham Police & Crime Commissioner to train all front-line officers in Durham in coercive controlling behaviour. Feedback from the officers was excellent, 98% said their knowledge of coercive control had improved as a result with 398 officers trained in total.

"What you did by turning my experience into theatre and encompassing it all so beautifully is a gift... Thank you, and carry on doing what you are doing. The hard core subjects and your scripts are hard hitting, educational but most of all you keep it real" Women who inspired Rattle Snake

"I attended your play yesterday and it blew my socks off! Very emotive topic and excellently portrayed by the two tremendously talented actors. This was, by a country mile, the most engaging, impactive and thought provoking training session I have had in my fourteen year career in the police." PC. Tony Miley, Durham Constabulary

What is Coercive Control?

Coercive control is a term developed by Evan Stark to help us understand domestic abuse as more than a “fight”. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim's liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self. It is not just women's bodily integrity which is violated but also their human rights.

A 2014 report by Solace Women's Aid found that 95 out of 100 domestic abuse survivors experience coercive control.

Inspired by the women who put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories and based on research by Durham University and Durham Constabulary.

Funded by Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

I attended your play yesterday and it blew my socks off! Very emotive topic and excellently portrayed by the two tremendously talented actors. This was, by a country mile, the most engaging, impactive and thought provoking training session I have had in my fourteen year career in the police. PC. Tony Miley, Durham Constabulary