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Rattle Snake

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.  

Rattle Snake will be going into an Research & Development period in December 2016, followed by rehearsals and a tour in Summer/Autumn 2017.

Rattle Snake preview performances took place in December 2015 at Live Theatre, Newcastle and Durham University.

 

Rattle Snake - 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 are heroes in their own story to survive coercive controlling  domestic abuse.

A play about the impact of coercive controlling behaviours

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.

Rattle Snake
Written by Catrina McHugh
Directed by Charlotte Bennett

Cast:

  • Kathryn Beaumont - Suzy
  • Eilidh Talman - Jen
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.

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