Introducing the writers behind Series 2: Newcastle, presented by Paines Plough and Open Clasp Theatre Company, which will be available to watch on our YouTube Channel from 7pm on Wednesday 27 May:
Christina is an actor and writer. She co-wrote CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT with Lee Mattinson, which was due to open at Live Theatre this year. She has previously performed in Open Clasp’s productions of KEY CHANGE and RATTLE SNAKE.
Abigail is an actor and writer. She and her mum Cheryl played themselves in Open Clasp’s production of DON’T FORGET THE BIRDS, based on their real-life experience of Cheryl serving time in prison. You can read more about that production here.
Kay is is a 20-year old hip hop artist rapper from Tyneside in Newcastle. She is devoted to youth work in her local community. You can check her out here.
Charlotte is a new writer and recently returned to her home town after leaving home at a young age. She attended a Writing for Social Change Masterclass at Newcastle University with Open Clasp Artistic Director and Writer, Catrina McHugh MBE. Open Clasp knew she had a passionate voice and a story to tell.
ABOUT OPEN CLASP:
Open Clasp’s 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. Open Clasp are an award-winning women’s theatre company and a leading force in the North of England with a national and international reach. They make truthful and risk-taking work informed by the lived experiences of women disenfranchised in theatre and society, those from minority communities and women affected by the criminal justice system.
Open Clasp are proud to support new and emerging female writers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. For 22 years, they have been rooted in their community, creating the best theatre they can to make social and cultural change a reality. They are excited for audiences to hear female voices from the city they all love as they share their stories about the place they call home.
As theatres around the world were forced to close their doors in March, Open Clasp Theatre Company’s award-winning prison drama Key Change was made available to watch online for free. Devised with women in HMP Low Newton to tour to male prisons, critically-acclaimed Key Change carries their voices over the razor wire in a raw, illuminating and very funny portrayal of women in prison.
“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 and Writer of Key Change