Following sold out performances at Newcastle’s Live Theatre in June 2014, Key Change has travelled far and wide, picking up awards in Edinburgh and New York. Thankfully, there’s another chance to catch this touching, empowering work on its Autumn/Winter 2016 national tour which stops in at Gala Theatre, Durham on Friday 28th October, Arts Centre Washington on Saturday 26th November and heads back to Live Theatre from Thursday 8th until Saturday 10th December.
Open Clasp was originally commissioned to work with women in Her Majesty’s Young Offender Institution in Low Newton to enable them to tell their stories, providing an illuminating glimpse of life in a British prison. The devising process unlocked a wealth of creativity and culminated in an intimate, raw combination of drama, movement and song. Key Change was performed by the women to their peers in May 2014, then re-developed on the women’s behalf by professional actors for a tour of male prisons in the North East.
Their voices carry over the barbed wire to you and me; in Key Change, Open Clasp has created challenging theatre inspired by women which challenges our preconceptions and perspectives of women in prison, created by real women with a compelling story that needs to be heard.