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Stage Editorial

rattlesnake19.jpg End violence against women

A play from local theatrical troupe Open Clasp, based on real life stories of women who have survived coercive controlling domestic abuse, is being streamed globally to mark the UNiTE campaign to end violence against women and girls in November.

Open Clasp’s reputation continues to grow. Their award-winning prison drama ‘Key Change’ played in New York to much acclaim (the New York Times flagged it up as their Critics’ Pick) and their latest, ‘Rattle Snake’, was picked up by the police to train front line officers. The play was inspired by women who put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories. Catrina McHugh, who won Writer of the Year for ‘Rattle Snake’ at the 2018 Journal Culture Awards: “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 and threaten.” From 25 November – the UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and continuing throughout the UN’s 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence – Rattle Snake will be available to watch online.

For more information on how to host a community screening, or to watch online, visit: openclasp.org.uk/productions/rattle-snake-online