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Stage Editorial

rattlesnake17.jpg Sharp. Moving. Unflinching.

The award-winning local company Open Clasp are set to return with Rattle Snake, a new play based on the real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive control and domestic abuse. It’s premiering in Newcastle before playing other dates in the region and then moving to London.

Rattle Snake is yet to premiere but it’s already had its first review from PC Tony Miley, an officer who took part in training with Open Clasp: “This was, by a country mile, the most engaging, impactful and thought-provoking training session I have had in my fourteen year career in the police. Very emotive topic and excellently portrayed by the two tremendously talented actors – it blew my socks off.” Key Change, Open Clasp’s previous production, won the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, as well as a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and, like Rattle Snake, it was created with women serving at HMP Low Newton in Country Durham. Writer and Artist Director, Catrina McHugh: “Imagine a life where you live with your doors and windows locked, one where you can’t breathe the air of a free person, constantly looking over your shoulder… This is the reality of coercive control in domestic abuse. I believe that Rattle Snake is important theatre, it takes your breath away and will change lives.”

Rattle Snake, Thursday 21-Saturday 30 September, Live Theatre, Newcastle, 7.30pm (mats. 23, 28 & 30 September 2pm), £6-£18. live.org.uk. Check Open Clasp’s website for further north-east dates in October including Morpeth, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Durham and more: openclasp.org.uk