Open Clasp, in association with Northern Stage, present:


Written by Catrina McHugh MBE

Directed by Laura Lindow

Co-created with sex work activists

Open Clasp is back with their first major international production co-created with sex worker activists from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.

An underground community of sex workers scattered across the globe and rooted in their fight for justice, stand together, deciding enough is enough. Twelve powerful activists are connected by invisible threads that build the strength and power they need to make change above ground.  

“Mycelial portrays the distinctiveness of individual experiences in sex work and the subterranean, subculture and subrosa connectivity among sex workers, trans folx, black and brown communities a pulse or ecosystem that is felt and live but not always apparent yet ties all struggles for justice together.” Dr Raven Bowen, CEO National Ugly Mugs

From Open Clasp: the feminist theatre company behind Key Change – New York Times Critics’ Pick and Sugar on BBC iPlayer.

“Mycelial is underpinned by our co-creator’s principle in ‘nothing about us without us’. Their voices are centre stage, Open Clasp are the scaffolding. It’s a play about being queer, money, borders and a revolution. Mycelial celebrates the strength and humanity of sex work activists who can’t walk by injustice.” Writer of Mycelial and Artistic Director, Catrina McHugh MBE

Production Team

Writer Catrina McHugh MBE

Director Laura Lindow

Assistant Director Amy Lewis

Set & Costume Designer Amanda Mascarenhas

Lighting Designer Sherry Coenen

Composer & Sound Designer Roma Yagnik

Projection Designer Simona Knuchel 

Film Director & Editor Katja Roberts

Senior Creative Producer Carly McConnell

Production/Stage Manager Rachel Glover

Deputy Stage Manager Heather Roberts

Costume Supervisor Aileen Kelly