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Watch Open Clasp’s award-winning prison drama online for free



As theatres around the world are forced to close their doors, experience Open Clasp Theatre Company‘s award-winning Key Change for free online. The prison drama goes live at 1pm on 20th March 2020 and you can watch it here – just click play on the link above.

In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for us to find ways to connect – with our audiences, partners and the women we’ve worked with for more than 20 years. We’ve seen first-hand the power of theatre to bring people together and make change happen, so it’s more important than ever that we continue to reach out to those who need our support most in these unsettling times, even if it’s digitally rather than physically.
Catrina McHugh MBE, Artistic-Director, Open Clasp Theatre Company

Key Change was created with women serving at HMP Low Newton in County Durham. It originally toured to male prisons before opening at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. After winning the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh award, it opened in New York to critical acclaim, and the company also presented the show in women’s high-security prisons in both Edinburgh and New York State. A sell-out national tour followed back in the UK, including a performance in the Houses of Parliament in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Clinks and the Prison Reform Trust. In 2017, The Space captured the play on film and it was streamed globally as part of the UN campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Open Clasp has a unique approach and practice developed over 20 years collaborating with women on the margins of society. It creates theatre for personal, social and political change.

Key Change was written by Catrina McHugh MBE and directed by Laura Lindow.


Image credit Keith Pattinson