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Annual Review 2017/2018

Changing the World, One Play at a Time

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Contents This theatre is needed. It is important. The voices of women would be lost. It’s so important that Open Clasp spread the word. Audience Member, Rattle Snake

Who We Are Chair’s Comment Artistic Director’s Comment Key Change 1st Time is Free don’t forget the birds Rattle Snake Other Projects Catrina McHugh MBE Current Work

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Who We Are Our aim is to Change the World, One Play at a Time by placing theatre at the heart of transforming the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

We make truthful, risk-taking and award-winning theatre informed by the lived experiences of working class women, women disenfranchised in theatre and society, those from minority communities and women affected by the criminal justice system. No company works the way we do; collaborating with marginalised women to draw out their collective voices, voices that through a devising process become powerful professional theatre productions, performed to audiences ranging from their own communities to the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest decision-makers, performances that get people talking and that contribute to social change.

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This year we reached over

33,936 people

We have now reached over

102,736

since 1998

67% of our

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Chair’s Comment As I wrote my comment for last year’s annual review we were about to have a general election, and we were also waiting on the outcome of our application to the Arts Council of England for continued support as part of the National Portfolio of Organisations. Many of you will know now that we were successful with the latter, and in financially challenging times our work was recognised as vital and important and we received an uplift in those funds. This has allowed us to be even more ambitious: with and for the women we work with.

“Diligence, care and consideration…a hallmark of all Open Clasp shows”

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This year saw Key Change go global and stay local! In November we premiered the screening of the film at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, to a home crowd of participants, supporters and experts whilst people from across the world watched online, in solidarity with Open Clasp and the women they work with, and in allegiance with a story that crosses continents. 2018 also saw a national tour of Rattle Snake, a play that was first premiered in 2015 after originally being commissioned by Durham Constabulary to train police officers in understanding coercive control in domestic violence situations. This vitally important production was surrounded on tour by chances to talk about the issues; signposting to services and the diligence, care and consideration that is a hallmark of all Open Clasp shows, but that has never felt more important. Alongside these shows, there have been a host of other projects, commissions and collaborations.

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One for particular mention is the support of 7 young people to gain their Bronze Arts Award whilst being given the time and space to have conversations that will allow them to see themselves as the next generation of leaders, feminists and agitators for change. These achievements would be no mean feat in any given year, but special acknowledgement must be made to the two longest serving members of the staff team, Carly McConnell and of course Catrina, who managed to steer these projects at a time of change within the organisation, as new team members were recruited and settled into the Open Clasp family.

“The work they make is what I think theatre should be about”

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That leads me on to be able to publicly thank a few people who have recently left the board, and welcome a few more. Jaheda Choudhry Potter, Selma Dimitrijevic and Ellen Lefley have stepped down and we have been rejoined by Anna Disley alongside Gillian Firth and Jan Clarkson. We are now looking forward to a period of calm to wrap our arms around the amazing staff team. I’d like to end on a bit of a personal note. As well as being Chair for Open Clasp I am also Arts Programme Manager for Durham County Council and a Mum to two young children. Sometimes people ask me how I manage to juggle all these things. The truth is that it is easier to do so because of Open Clasp. The work they make is what I think theatre should be about, and the integrity with which they do it is what I want more of for the next generation, including my own kids. Jo Cundall Chair


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Artistic Director’s Comment We went global in 2017 to 2018 with Key Change, reaching six continents, nearly seven if it wasn’t for the penguins. I heard a comment at the time of filming, that said our challenge, with this profile and success, was how we keep true to our grass roots. Whilst we spread our wings across the world, Rattle Snake, a play originally created to train frontline officers in coercive control and domestic violence, was being crafted into a production that quite simply took the audience’s breath away. It’s been celebrated for its accuracy, authenticity, beauty and its ability to make audiences relate to, think and take action. As it was hosted at Soho Theatre and toured nationally, it was a juxtaposition, art and life colliding, as one of our key collaborators was experiencing the real-life danger you saw up on the stage. Even the idea of her coming into

rehearsals had to be risk assessed; she wanted to, to meet the actors and creative team and she did, with a new hair colour and disguise. But she couldn’t look at the play, the parts in the story that reflect her reality, not then. Later, when at Soho Theatre, she was stronger, it was out of the region and she was able to watch the show, join in the post-show discussion as noone knew who she was. She could hear the debate and participate. It was emotional for the cast, crew and for me personally.

When Key Change, the film, was previewed at the Tyneside Cinema, we were joined on the panel by Abigail Byron, the daughter of one of the original theatre makers inside Low Newton Prison back in 2014. With her mother in the audience, she talked about the impact of prison, on her and her family, what change she felt was urgent, alternatives to prison for women like her mother. In the audience that night we had another collaborator with a play in development called Sugar. She had travelled from the North West, a journey she had taken earlier in the year for our AGM. She is, along with others, a gold star member, an ambassador for the project and company.

“Our grassroots are the heart of the company’s work, it’s why we exist”

During the year we worked in partnership to deliver a project called 1st Time is Free. These are the words spoken by a perpetrator of Child Sexual Exploitation. Young people performed and toured, and peer educators debated and raised consciousness with other young people.


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I had the honour of working with a small group of young people in school, supporting them to complete the Arts Award. I loved it as it was an opportunity to demonstrate Open Clasp’s methodology, for them to watch and review Key Change, share who inspired them, and lead on workshops. They were shy, quiet and their characters they created reflected this. We celebrated being shy, rather

than spending time trying to fix it. I learnt from this group and this learning feeds the planning of our Arts Award course in Low Newton Prison. Our grassroots are the heart of the company’s work, it’s why we exist. It’s never a challenge to stay grounded, as the women we work with keep our feet firmly there,

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we stand in solidarity, shoulder to shoulder to make change happen. Our time with groups is like gold, the threads of laughter are woven into our work, all of us together look for change through empathy, not sympathy. Catrina McHugh MBE

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Key Change was watched in the following 35 countries: UK, USA, Australia, Germany, France, Brazil, Ireland, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Italy, Russia, Spain, Singapore, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Switzerland, Portugal, Kenya, St Lucia, Egypt, Japan, Peru, Zimbabwe, Serbia, Sweden, Côte d’Ivoire, Belgium, India, Malaysia, Hungary, Norway, Chile


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Key Change In 2017, award-winning Key Change returned to Battersea Arts Centre, was filmed at Gala Theatre, Durham and went ‘global’ in November supporting the UN’s International Day to End Violence Against Women & Girls campaign. After three years of touring, the cast of Key Change took their final bow. capture and an online live-stream of a post-show discussion with a panel of experts on violence against women and girls.

THE SPACE 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence In 2017 were commissioned by The Space, a digital commissioning agency supported by the BBC and Arts Council, to share Key Change with a global audience via a digital live-

• In 2016, when performing Key Change in York Correctional Institute, Connecticut, a woman in the audience shouted, “that shit’s global!” In 2018, Key Change went global. The themes of Key Change transcended international borders and sparked important conversations where one in three women globally have experienced domestic abuse. The stream was free to access, and accessible online to international and rural audiences.

• Over 27,000 people watched the film in 35 countries across 6 continents including countries like, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Ivory Coast and India. • 728 people attended screening events hosted by communities, prisons, universities and schools in England, Scotland, USA and Australia. • Total reach and engagement across the campaign was 64,800. • 61 distribution partners including Prison Reform International, National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice, Royal Shakespeare Company, British Council, Gala Theatre.

“Everyone loved the play – it was thought provoking and emotionally powerful.” Free Range Theatrix, Australia


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“So real. So touching. So honest. Thank you. It made me feel stronger” Audience Member at BAC

“The group found the video very emotive, and could relate it directly to their own experiences, giving them a shared sense of identity, purpose and hope.” A Way Out, Stockton

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In 2017, we were approached asking if Key Change could be produced in Los Angeles by the Collective Studios who make theatre for social change.

“What I most respected about Sam throughout the whole process was that she wanted to ensure that the Key Change they were creating in Los Angeles was in keeping with what the women from Low Newton Prison had wanted to see, that their voices were being represented as they had intended them to be.” Catrina McHugh MBE, Writer of Key Change & Artistic Director


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young people reached In 2015 Open Clasp worked with young people in South East Northumberland to create a play and workshop about child sexual exploitation which was performed to an audience of teachers, police and other professionals working to make change happen. In 2017 the play, written by Catrina McHugh MBE was delivered by young people from St Benet Biscop Catholic High School, with accompanying workshops in collaboration with West End Women and Girls Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independent Domestic Violence Advocates, supported by Northumberland Domestic Abuse Project and Arts Council England to Year 9 students in 16 Northumberland High Schools in June/July to raise awareness of this issue and support change.

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Falling Knives

2001, 2002 and 2006

After Her Death

Tonic 2007

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Stand & Tan 2003 and 2009

Rattle & Roll

1999 and 2002

Sugar 2019

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the birds

102,736 people reached through 2 decades of productions

2017 and 2018

BlueGiro 2011

Swags & Tails 2012

The Space Between Us

2018

Rattle Snake

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Jumping Puddles 2015

Key Change 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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Contents “I helped Open Clasp “break into prison” upon their visit to New York City, to perform Key Change at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. There, the women absolutely loved it, which is more evidence that women´s imprisonment is a global issue. Open Clasp tackled a tough subject with incisive humor.” Professor Rosemary Barbaret, Sociology Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“I consistently see marginalised women getting a voice with Open Clasp.” Audience member, Manchester

“You were therapy to me... I came out a better person. A different person.” Collaborator with Open Clasp

“You make extremely challenging and complex subjects accessible, and you fight for women to be heard.” Audience Member, Sheffield

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“It has been a pleasure to work alongside and in partnership with Open Clasp for the past 20 years. Our Women’s Group and Older Girls Group were involved in workshops to develop the first play ‘After Her Death’ and ever since then our membership, staff and trustees have been passionate supporters of Open Clasp’s methodology and the plays they produce. The ethos and values of both organisations are physically demonstrated in the sharing of the Stephenson Building. The ownership and pride of our members in the growth and international success of the company is represented in Mrs Robinson, our longest serving member, who was name checked with her dog, Pedro, in all the early productions and who, to this day, has a seat at the front reserved for her even though she sadly passed away two years ago.” Huffty McHugh, West End Women and Girls Centre

114 community groups, universities, schools and theatres partnered with

“At Changing Lives we have had the privilege to be involved with Open Clasp productions for the past twelve years. I have no qualms in stating that this is the most transformational work we do with women in prison and in the community; women who are so amazing and resilient but who have endured the hardest life experiences. The power of the process and the power of the connection with Catrina is phenomenal for women involved. All their voices are generously shared and planted right in the heart of each and every production, evolving into an emotional experience for the audience which brings compassion and brings about change. This is so powerful, so special, and we are so privileged in the North East to have Open Clasp Theatre Company.”

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“I think anyone would be hard pushed to think of a more moving, accessible and vital British theatre company than Open Clasp.” Audience Member, Soho Theatre

“Working with Open Clasp “Inspirational ‘interactive theatre’ has been life changing, for women’s empowerment empowering and has given and voice! Open Clasp are me a voice when mine has committed to research that been taken. I now have hope produces knowledge and for the future and a voice and theatre for social change in know I am protected for that partnership and collaboration voice by an amazing company with women - I love working changing the world one play with OC!” at a time.” Collaborator with Open Clasp

Professor Maggie O’Neil, University College Cork


Contents WORD FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR This is our 20 year anniversary, celebrating two decades of creating theatre that changes lives. We stand proud and strong; our work is award winning, reaches across continents, resonates and is universal.

tour of what happened. I was one of five students who set the company up for our final year project whilst studying a drama degree at Northumbria University. Due to an overwhelming demand to see our first production tour, Kathryn Mace and I co-founded the company, supported by a management committee of women. This was in 1998.

Our work holds the voices of thousands of women, the majority have experienced discrimination, disadvantage, are often marginalised, women and girls who are heroes in their own stories of survival. We celebrate this year their resilience, talent, intelligence and skill, their voices thread like gold throughout the two decades of work created. Many people know the story of how Open Clasp was founded but for those who don’t, this is a whistle-stop

There is a lot to celebrate, we have reached heights we didn’t know we could. Our ambition and confidence is strong. We stand tall and proud in our ability to take risks, to create theatre that is the best it can be. We are recognised and valued on a national stage. Our theatre is important. For those who don’t know how productions are created, we use drama techniques to create a safe space for discussion and debate, all of which

“Open Clasp are a remarkable company, making small miracles happen which have wide and lasting impact. Their sensitive, impassioned commitment to telling the stories of the most vulnerable women in our society and doing it with real theatrical skill and invention has meant that voices which are otherwise ignored are not only heard but remembered and valued. I am very proud to be involved and sincerely hope they continue to change the world for the next 20 years.”

Erica Whyman, Open Clasp Patron, Deputy Artistic Director of RSC

inspires scripts, which lay at the heart of productions. The process is democratic, women working collectively, pulling on their own experiences, as experts to make sense of the world and their place in it. We have been catapulted to a national and international stage, and most people know the company from Key Change, and we have been collaborating with women to make the best theatre we can for two decades. Many of the productions had connected legacy projects where we would go back to communities to support them to create and perform work and/or create multidisciplinary installations, like Songlines in 2013. Through commissions we have created work to be used in training, Rattle Snake and Love Should Never

“Congratulations to Open Clasp on this 20th anniversary! Their incredible play “Key Change” came to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and won the Best of Edinburgh Award— the highest award for drama. It was then produced in New York and conquered hearts and minds there. We witnessed the company’s presentation in Parliament and saw the effect “Key Change” had on ministers. Catrina’s MBE was a well-earned honor—- Kent and I are honored to have watched the journey so far. We look forward to the next twenty years of Open Clasp’s art.” Carol Tambor, Open Clasp Patron and Chairman,

The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation & Portrait Painter

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Be Abusive, films highlighting the needs of those from minority communities. We will be celebrating throughout the year, we start with our AGM and don’t forget the birds here at Live Theatre where it all began. don’t forget the birds is a special production created and performed by real life mother and daughter, when prison took one from the other and their heart lifting journey to find each other again. When this company was founded back in 1998, our first play was After Her Death, and it was also a play about mothers and daughters. I’m proud that in our 20th year our work is regional, national and international and is being used to train and educate, making change happen. Catrina McHugh MBE

“I have been involved with Open Clasp for nearly six years as a member of the board, but for much longer as an audience member. It is truly one of the things in my life that I am most proud of. There are many, many words that I could use to describe the work, the process, the staff team, Catrina…. and they are all positive. But the one that I land on most is tenacious. And because they make work for, with and about some of the most vulnerable people in our society, having tenacity on your side is vital. So, here’s to the next 20 years.” Jo Cundall, Chair of the Board of Trustees


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don’t forget the birds I sucked in the cold air, looked at the big sky and it was like being reborn.

Following the Black Theatre Live and Queens Hall Arts commission in 2016/17, don’t forget the birds saw us working again with Cheryl Byron and her daughter, Abigail Byron for a second stage of research and development. At the end of Open Clasp’s awardwinning drama Key Change, four women walk towards the prison gates. The sun is shining, their families are waiting. don’t forget the birds is the true story of what happened next for one of the original collaborators on Key Change, now released and working with Open Clasp Theatre Company. This first-hand account tells how prison took a mother from a daughter and their heart lifting journey to find each other again.

Future plans Touring 13th November-1st December 2018, in the North of England and London, don’t forget the birds is a co-production between Open Clasp and Live Theatre, commissioned by Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham. Written by Catrina McHugh MBE Directed by Laura Lindow Tour dates 13-14 Nov: Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham 15 Nov: Theatre Deli, Sheffield 16 Nov: Central Library, Middlesbrough 20-24 Nov: Live Theatre, Newcastle 27 Nov-1 Dec: Battersea Arts Centre, London


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Rattle Snake We continued our long association with Live Theatre in Autumn 2017 with the tour of Rattle Snake, an epic tale based on real-life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse. Rattle Snake evolved from a training tool to a full-blown beautiful and stunning production. It took the breath from audiences and exposed the crime of coercive controlling behaviours. Audiences, no matter what their culture, sexual orientation or class, could relate to it, knew someone in that situation and left the theatre with the need to act.

“Another powerful piece of theatre from Open Clasp” The Journal

Based on research identifying gaps in police understanding of coercive control by Professor Nicole Westmarland and Kate Butterworth (Durham University) and the impact of arts-based research interventions by Professor Maggie O’Neill (University College Cork), Rattle Snake was created by Open Clasp and funded by Durham PCC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to train 398 frontline officers in better responding to sexual and domestic violence – coinciding with the change of law making coercive control in relationships a crime in 2015. 98% of the officers said they felt their understanding of coercive control had improved because of the training.

Rattle Snake Director Charlotte Bennett was named

“Best Director - North East’ (British Theatre Guide)

“More people need to see this. It’s an incredible piece of storytelling, an essential form of education for all. I have nothing but praise for the whole team, particularly the writer. She’s written a reality, not purely a fiction. Theatre is an art form, and this is a masterpiece”. Audience Feedback.

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“Everyone should see this, especially children social care, family workers, teachers etc… I think this will have a massive impact on anyone who sees it” Audience Feedback

“Best New Play of 2017 - North East” (British Theatre Guide)

“Best New Play” and “Best New Drama” 2017 (North East Theatre Awards)

Catrina McHugh MBE and PCC Ron Hogg

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Other Projects International Women’s Day Film Festival in Collaboration with West End Women and Girls Centre To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, we held a free week-long film festival at West End Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle. Women from across the local community came together to enjoy and discuss the films and the issues facing women presented in them. Films screened: • Key Change (devised with women in HMP Low Newton) • Love Should Never Be Abusive (4 short films exploring DVA in LGBT relationships) • Lizzie’s Story (film made with women involved in sex work for survival in Middlesbrough) • Songlines installation (an installation made with women who have migrated to the North East) • Queen (Hindi film) and Suffragette were showcased, along with Thelma and Louise

• Henna Night: Bangladeshi Community, Flowers (The Care Plan): Traveller Community and Gloria’s Story: LGBT Community were showcased (films relating to dementia, Heterosexism and racism) • Moving In – Kate Sweeny and Claire Ford’s residency in a care home in Gateshead (documentary).

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Catrina McHugh MBE Open Clasp’s Artistic Director collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 7th November 2017, awarded for outstanding services to disadvantaged women through theatre and we couldn’t be prouder.

Arts Award As an Arts Award Centre, we support and deliver Arts Award providing an opportunity for young people to develop their sense of self, reflect through their portfolios and plan and lead on an arts activity. 6 brilliant young people from Benfield School, Newcastle completed their Bronze Arts Award and Emily Harrison, our Assistant to the Director on Sugar (March 2017) completed her Silver Arts Award through Open Clasp. 40 young people from Linhope Pupil Referral Unit were supported to achieve their Bronze Arts Award.

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This honour values the important and vital role theatre plays in celebrating the strengths and resilience of women, those who survive experiences that no-one should have to and many wouldn’t be able to. This honour is theirs. They are heroes in their own story to survive and I am honoured to have had their trust and to tell their stories. Catrina McHugh MBE Thank you to Her Majesty who took the time to listen to the story of Key Change and the company’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls when awarding Catrina with her MBE.


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Current Work We have brilliant projects coming up alongside our tours of Rattle Snake (Spring 2018) and don’t forget the birds (Autumn 2018), helping us to Change the World, One Play at a Time. Rattle Snake Film - Cleveland Police Now a captured film, Rattle Snake is currently being used to train Cleveland Police in coercive control as part of The Whole System Approach project. This powerful film is accompanied with training tools and workshops developed by Catrina McHugh MBE and delivered with specialist Open Clasp facilitators and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates from West End Women and Girls Centre. “Appointing Open Clasp to deliver training on coercive control is just one example of the wide range of exciting work underway to transform the way domestic abuse cases are investigated, handled and processed through the court system.” Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner

Arts Award in HMP Low Newton We will run a two-week Arts Award course with 8 young women in HMP Low Newtown. They will participate in the company’s methodology, watch and review Key Change and lead on workshops. We are passionate about offering the qualification inside the prison, as the young women all face extreme barriers to arts participation due to their incarceration. Hartlepool Workshops Commissioned by Hartlepool Council, leading up to International Women’s Day 2019, we are delivering a 5-week course with a young women’s group, using drama techniques to build confidence and self-esteem in Hartlepool.

Revolution: 50 Years of Making Political Theatre Jill Heslop (Creative Producer 20132017) and Catrina McHugh MBE (Artistic Director) co-authored a chapter in Scenes from a Revolution: 50 Years of Making Political Theatre (Edge Hill University Press and Pluto Books). The chapter title is ‘The work of Open Clasp and why women centred theatre is still relevant’. Keep a look out for the book in autumn 2018! Walking with Faye Open Clasp are committed to collaborating with researchers and contributing to national discourse. Written by Professor Maggie O’Neill (University College Cork) and Catrina McHugh MBE, this journal (published in the Journal of Social Work Practice) shares a walk with Faye, who was living in a direct access hostel, Manchester and was collaborating with Open Clasp on Sugar. Touring in 2019, Sugar exposes the routes into prison, life behind bars and the revolving door that catapults women back.


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Open Clasp are... Trustees (2017-2018) Jo Cundall (Chair) Jennifer Hinves (Vice Chair) Jaheda Choudrey-Potter (retired 2018) Selma Dimitrijevic (retired 2018) Anna Disley (elected 2018) Helen Ferguson Gillian Firth (elected 2017) Diane Fisher-Naylor (retired 2017) Ellen Lefley (retired 2018) Gillian Robson (elected 2017) Patrons Charlie Hardwick Carol Tambor Erica Whyman OBE

Staff Artistic Director Catrina McHugh MBE Creative Producer Jill Heslop (to August 2017) Carly McConnell (from January 2018)

Company Development Manager Carly McConnell (to January 2018) Sarah Brown (from March 2018) Administrator Mary Wilson (to November 2017) Rachel Errington (from January 2018) Associate Director Laura Lindow Associate Artist Jess Johnson Freelance Assistant Producer Amanda Bruce (October 2017-March 2018) PR and Communications Helen Fussell Relationship Manager, Arts Council England Natalie Querol Student Intern Maren Tenberken

Advisors Catherine Donovan Fiona MacPherson Alice Thwaite Karin Young Key Change – Battersea Arts Centre & The Space Devised with women from HMP Low Newton Writer: Catrina McHugh Director: Laura Lindow Creative Producer: Jill Heslop Actors: Christina BerrimanDawson, Cheryl Marie Dixon, Judi Earl, Jessica Johnson Stage Manager/Actor: Kate Lewis Composer/Sound Designer: Roma Yagnik ‘Fight’ music Composer (The Space): John Alder ‘Fight’ sequence support: Ruth Cooper-Brown PR & Communications: Helen Fussell

Promotional Images: Keith Pattison Promotional material design: Joseph White Additional Music for The Space Bridie Jackson & the Arbor and Band of Skulls Thanks to Dilly Arts, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn (Original Lighting Designer), Victoria Copeland (Lorraine/DSM Edinburgh 2015 & New York 2016), Holly Irving (Original Choreographer) and Holly ‘KiJjala’ Rose (Movement Support, Edinburgh 2015). The Space Broadcast Team Producer: Janie Valentine Director: Morag McIntosh Technical Producer: James Poole Unit Manager: James Mitchell Vision Engineer: Jeremy Chadwick Sound Supervisor: Steve Murrell Lighting Director: Mike Le Fevre


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Camera Supervisor: Ron Seeth Cameras: Susan Barrett, Rishi Issar, Stephen O’Donnell Script Supervisor: Manique Ratner Vision Mixer: Sara-Jayne Phillips Offline Editor: Therese Lynch Online Editor: Jim Allison Production Manager: Camilla Fox Executive Producer for The Space: Helen Spencer Thanks also to HMP Low Newton, Gala Theatre Durham, Northern Stage, West End Women & Girls Centre, Carol Tambor Foundation and The Space. Key Change – The Space Distribution Artistic Director: Catrina McHugh MBE Company Development Manager: Carly McConnell Freelance Assistant Producer: Amanda Bruce

Trailer and Promotional Films: Meerkat Films Marketing and Distribution Associate: Mel Spencer PR & Communications: Helen Fussell Rattle Snake Thank you to the women who put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories Writer: Catrina McHugh MBE Director: Charlotte Bennett Actors: Christina BerrimanDawson, Eilidh Talman Set Designer: Anna Reid Sound Designer: Roma Yagnik Lighting Designer: Ali Hunter Movement Director: Robby Graham Creative Producer: Jill Heslop and Debbie Beeks Casting Associate: Nadine Rennie CDG PR & Communications: Helen Fussell

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Production photographer: Keith Pattison Promotional Design: York Theatre Royal Trailer: Meerkat Films A co-production with Live Theatre and in Association with York Theatre Royal First Time is Free Devised with young women in Northumberland and commissioned by Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services Writer: Catrina McHugh MBE Cast: Charlotte Patterson, Gavin Holmes, Ben Crowley Director/Support Actor & Facilitator: Ruth Johnson Assistant Director/Support Actor & Facilitator: Jessica Johnson Domestic Abuse Peer Educators: Laura Christer and Sophie Murther (West End Women & Girls Centre)

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Additional Facilitators: Chelsie Andrews & Alison Coffey Creative Producer: Jill Heslop Thanks to the 16 Northumberland schools who took part in the project and to Maggie Martin at NDAS don’t forget the birds (Research and Development Phase 2) Actors: Cheryl Byron, Abigail Byron Writer: Catrina McHugh Director: Laura Lindow Assistant Director: Jessica Johnson Creative Producer: Jill Heslop

Thanks to Maren Tenberken Arts Council England Benfield School Claire Ford Debbie Beeks Emily Harrison Julie Crawshaw Kate Sweeny Linhope Pupil Referral Unit


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Thanks continued Key Change Abigail Byron Bridie Jackson Catherine Donovan Cheryl Byron Chi Onwurah MP Cris McCurley Gillie Robson Jennifer Hinves Laura Seebohm With thanks to all the digital and distribution team at The Space & Cinegi Arts & Film. Enormous thanks to all those partners who hosted screenings of Key Change, those who committed to sharing and embedding the film on websites and social media and to everyone who watched and engaged online or at screenings. Rattle Snake Women who put their trust in Open Clasp to tell their stories HMP Low Newton Kate Butterworth

Kathryn Beaumont Professor Maggie O’Neil Professor Nicole Westmarland Ron Hogg Vinny McHugh West End Women and Girls Centre – Safe4Live Project

Our Funders & Donors Open Clasp operates with significant support from grants and donations. This year support has been received from: Arts Council England Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust Ben Hoare Bell Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Newcastle Cultural Investment Fund Projects Galore Some donors wish to remain anonymous, but we are no less grateful to them.

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We Are a Small Charity and We Need Your Help! As Open Clasp enters its 20th year, a donation of £20 (or whatever you can afford) will help us to give a complete anthology of our play scripts to HMP Low Newton, enabling the women to read the texts and hear the voices of the women who came before them.

You can donate via our website openclasp.org.uk/donate or by texting OPEN27 followed by your donation amount to 70070 e.g. to donate £20, text OPEN27 £20 to 70070.


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Do you shop online? It made me feel empoweredâ&#x20AC;Ś I do have the strength to change my life Woman Collaborator on Sugar

Do it through easyfundraising.org.uk and raise a free donation for Open Clasp every time you shop: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ causes/openclasp For more ways to support us and help make womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voices heard please see our website www.openclasp.org.uk or contact us at the office.


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Open Clasp annual review 2017/2018  
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