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Multi-award winning theatre company Open Clasp are no strangers to intimate, heartfelt and pain-staking told stories. Having produced beautifully affecting productions, like the acclaimed Key Change and Rattle Snake, capturing theatre live on film is nothing new for them. Their new three-part production, Sugar, is their first to be created specifically for the screen, and is the company’s first show to be made available on BBC iPlayer.

Written by Catrina McHugh MBE and directed by Laura Lindow, Sugar was devised with women who are homeless, on probation or in prison and launches on BBC iPlayer on Wednesday 25th November. Annie, Julie and Tracy are three survivors all ‘doing time’ in various ways. Three survivors, and three voices seldom heard.

Catrina McHugh MBE, Director, Writer and Open Clasp Artistic Director said: “This is an important and urgent piece of theatre, a state of the nation, and it asks audiences to step into the shoes of women and to see the world through their eyes.”

Forming partnerships with Women’s Aid, Shelter, Agenda Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk and West End Women and Girls Centre in Newcastle, Open Clasp continue to strive to change the world, one play at a time. The reach of a platform like BBC’s iPlayer will ensure their message and these vital stories reach a wide audience.

Director Laura Lindow explains: “Creating Sugar as a piece of theatre for the screen has offered us remarkable opportunities to tell these stories in new and different ways. The viewpoint of the camera is powerfully intimate as the characters take us into their confidence. The stark but beautiful theatrical setting sets up different terms for us to encounter them as we step into their worlds.”

Sugar will launch on BBC iPlayer on Wednesday 25th November and the three part series will be available to stream for 12 months 

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