“Through this award Open Clasp is celebrated as role models, two decades of theatre holding the voices of incredible women from the North of England. Our work has been celebrated globally reaching 107,536 people in 35 countries and 6 continents. We have not done this alone; our partners in youth and community, academics, funders etc. all invest and continue to strive, all of us working together to make the best theatre we can to make change a reality. We celebrate this evening the strength, talent and resilience of all the women over the past 20 years who have put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories and to future generations of theatre makers that put women centre stage.” Catrina McHugh MBE

Open Clasp are proud to be a Tonic Award recipient. Artistic Director, Catrina McHugh MBE and our Chair, Jo Cundall both attended the award ceremony with Catrina accepting the award on behalf of the company.

“Open Clasp Theatre Company for their efforts to engage and provide opportunity to marginalised women to engage with theatre and present stories that might otherwise go unheard.

The award was presented to Open Clasp Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Catrina McHugh MBE by Erica Whyman OBE, Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.” Tonic Theatre

Thank you to our patron, Eric Whyman OBE for presenting us with the award and her continued support.