Project Description

Set during the World Cup Tonic tells the story of four women trying, unsuccessfully, to get away from the football!

Zoe heads off to a caravan estate for a break with her friend Lorraine and colleagues Suzy and Nina. But her little sister, Josie, turns up, having left her violent partner, and bringing a suitcase full of money and chaos in her wake.

Open Clasp’s Mind The Gap project addressed women’s attitudes to mental well-being, mental ill-health and the issues that surround it. Open Clasp spent 18 months running courses of intensive drama workshops with 127 women from 10 community groups.

A real Tonic that beats the World Cup any day… powerful scenes involving truth, confession and honesty … balance nicely with Catrina’s humorous exploration of the lives of five ordinary North-East women.

The Journal

Excellent performance – hard hitting way to raise awareness – no jargon approach, very sensitively done – Thank you!