Project Description

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 have watched it online and this number is going up! Viewers shared the play with colleagues, friends and family to help raise awareness of coercive control.

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.

If you would like to host a screening in your community centre, workplace, youth club, arts centre, pub or club or as part of your organisation’s training, please email for more information.

“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

DateVenueBuy tickets
Sunday, 8th December, 8pmWords Weekend, The Sage, Gateshead
Saturday, 30th November, 1pmAlphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Saturday 7th November, 1pmAlphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thursday 28th November, 6pmThe Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead