Training Tools

We have developed a number of theatre-based training materials available now.

Rattle Snake

A captured film of our epic play based on real live stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse. This piece of theatre has been used to train social workers, general practitioners, teachers and local authority staff. The film is currently being used to train police forces. This powerful film, accompanied with training tools and/or workshops can be used to train work forces in coercive control or used as part of a conference.

Jumping Puddles Online

A brilliant free online training resource which uses footage, images & sound-bites from our play Jumping Puddles to address homophobic bullying, cyber-bullying and domestic violence. The resource can be used directly as a website for young people and is also free to use for teachers and youth workers with downloadable lesson and session plans, film clips, images and sound-bites provided to help (KS3 & 4).

Click here to head to the website.

Swags & Tails- Valuing Good Practice in Care

A DVD training package for care providers to highlight the importance of person centred care which is an engaging and effective training resource for providers of residential care and home care for older people. If you would like a copy, please email

Endorsed by the North East Dementia Alliance:

“A valuable training resource for anyone responsible for the care of older people, this DVD covers difficult issues, including the impact of dementia, sensitively using the innovative approach of a play informed by real people.”

Embracing Difference

Here are some examples of how we have been commissioned to train:

Police Forces in Coercive Control

Based on research identifying gaps in police understanding of coercive control by Professor Nicole Westmarland and Kate Butterworth (Durham University) and the impact of arts based research interventions by Professor Maggie O’Neill (York University), Rattle Snake was created by Open Clasp and funded by Durham PCC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train frontline officers in better responding to sexual and domestic violence – coinciding with the change of law making coercive control in relationships a crime in 2015.

In 2018, we were commissioned by Cleveland Police to deliver the training to up to 900 police officers and staff.

Dementia Care for Minority Communities

Commissioned by North East Dementia Alliance to help people think about some of the issues surrounding people living with dementia from minority communities.

Domestic Abuse and the LGBT Community

Commissioned by the North East Domestic Abuse Project at Victim Support looking at domestic abuse in the LGBT community.

Please contact us if you would like to commission us for a bespoke training tool.