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Image: Back to back in rehearsals – Abigail and Cheryl Byron with scripts by Phyllis Christopher

At the end of Open Clasp’s critically-acclaimed prison drama Key Change, four women walk towards the prison gates imagining what life will be like when they get out. The world premiere of Don’t Forget The Birds, at Live Theatre from Tuesday 20th-Saturday 24th November, is the true story of what happened next for one of these women. This real-life mother and daughter story is performed by Cheryl and Abigail Byron, one of the original collaborators on Key Change, now released and working with Open Clasp.

Having been collaborating with women on the margins of society to make theatre for personal, social and political change for almost 20 years, Open Clasp aims to highlight the impact of a parent going to prison by supporting Cheryl and Abigail to tell their story. Written by Catrina McHugh MBE and directed by Laura Lindow, this first-hand account of how prison took a mother from a daughter allows audiences the opportunity to step into the shoes of this real-life family and feel the impact on young people when a family member is incarcerated.

Don’t Forget The Birds is naturally gritty and raw – it’s real life, after all – and yet this heart-lifting journey reveals compassion and hope. You’ll want to join in the post-show discussion on Thursday 22nd to debate about prison reform too – watch the play, then have your say.



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