One of the theatre companies I have been pleased to discover since I moved was Open Clasp. A company with the mission statement of aiming to “Change the World, One Play at a Time by placing theatre at the heart of transforming the lives of disadvantaged women and girls”, the company did one of my favourite shows of last year, the gorgeous mother-daughter piece don’t forget the birds. I was also lucky enough to attend a party to celebrate their 20th anniversary back in June, and to interview co-founder Catrina McHugh for The Stage.
This month, Open Clasp is putting its show about coercive control, Rattle Snake, online for free. You can watch the show here 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 until Human Rights Day on 10 December.
They are also holding screenings at various locations, including Alphabetti, for free – though booking is recommended. (Click here to book tix for the Alphabetti screening.) It’s also being shown as part of the inaugural Words Weekend festival (click here) and at the Tyneside Cinema, so if you fancy seeing it on a bigger screen there are plenty of opportunities. (You can also check out a trailer here.)
A great company, an important subject, and free screenings – what’s not to like?
(photo credit: Keith Pattison)