Sharp. Moving. Unflinching.
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