Project Description

In May 2020 during lockdown, we made Rattle Snake BSL available for #DeafAwarenessWeek. If you would like to use Rattle Snake now or in the future, please get in touch with Ellie at

#GivingTuesdayNow #GTN #DeafAwarenessWeek

For this extra Giving Tuesday we would like you to join us and support us in giving away our BSL version of Rattle Snake, interpreted by Caroline Ryan.

Rattle Snake will be free online to watch for 2 days from the 5th to the 6th May 2020.  

Why is this our #GTN campaign?

  • When Rattle Snake was free online for #16Days in Nov ’19, the BSL community shared, shouted and used the work to support their community. We want to reach out now and ‘Give’ something back.
  • It is #DeafAwarenessWeek and we want to raise awareness that Deaf women are twice as likely as their hearing peers to suffer domestic abuse.
  • During #lockdown Open Clasp team has undertaken a course in BSL individually to help us think about how our work can be more accessible.

You can Pay What You Feel by donating HERE. All donations received on #GivingTuesdayNow will go on the work we do to make our theatre more accessible.

If you, or someone you know, is a survivor or surviving domestic abuse, please see below for sources of information and support. Click on the links next to the service provider.

The Deaf Help Charity: Domestic Abuse Support

National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 24hr Freephone

More info and support HERE


Starting on the UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and continuing for 16 days of activism, Rattle Snake was online from 25 November – 10 December 2019. Over 16,000 people watched it online and over 2,000 watched at private screenings. Viewers shared the play with colleagues, friends and family to help raise awareness of coercive control.

Rattle Snake is still available for your organisation’s training, school lessons or for screenings in community centres, workplaces, youth clubs, arts centres, pubs or clubs. Please email for more information.

Spine tingling and visceral, Rattle Snake will literally take your breath away. An epic tale based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse.

Following a national tour, this emotional tour-de force is being used to train frontline police officers responding to sexual and domestic violence after the UK law was changed, making coercive control in relationships a crime.

From the company behind Key Change, the New York Times Critics’ Pick and Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015, streamed globally to an audience of 27,000 in 35 countries as part of the UN Campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women & Girls.

“Rattle Snake holds the voices of those who have survived coercive control and our aim is to make the best theatre we can to ensure those voices are heard. This play matters because we live in a world where there is a sense of entitlement to take away another person’s liberty, to control, threaten and annihilate.  I want change; theatre is my way to make it happen.” Writer, Catrina McHugh MBE, Writer of the Year, Rattle Snake, 2018 (Journal Culture Awards)

Age Recommendation: 15+

Sources of Information and Support

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 24 hour support service for women. 0800 200247

Karma Nirvana: a UK charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and Honour Based Abuse. 0800 5999247

Freephone Rape Crisis England & Wales: Provides support and services for women & girls who’ve experienced sexual violence. 0800 8029999

Galop: LGBT+ anti-violence charity. o800 9995428

Childline: Free, confidential support service for under 19 year olds. 0800 1111

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Sunday, 8th December, 8pm Words Weekend, The Sage, Gateshead
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Saturday, 30th November, 1pm Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
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Saturday 7th November, 1pm Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
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Thursday 28th November, 6pm The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead
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