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Open Clasp is a Newcastle based company who make honest and award-winning theatre that takes a special interest in women from the North of England, shining a light on their experiences through their work. Their play Rattle Snake, which is based on real-life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse and has been used to train frontline officers in the police force, will be streamed globally to mark the UNiTE campaign to end violence against women and girls.

The play was written by Open Clasp co-founder Catrina McHugh, who was awarded an MBE for services to disadvantaged women through theatre in 2017, and was originally commissioned by Durham University and Durham Constabulary to train frontline police officers responding to sexual and domestic violence. To date, it has been used to train over 1,500 officers and staff at Cleveland and Durham Police forces with plans to roll out the training to the Republic of Ireland.

Catrina hopes that by streaming Rattle Snake online they will reach a wider audience and help more people recognise the signs of coercive control, “During the police training officers sat in bulletproof vests daring us to make an impact. And we did. Now we take it to a global audience. I’m at once delighted that Rattle Snake will reach a wider audience, to feel the potential for change in the air, and at the same time my heart aches with rage at the reality for so many women. It was a total honour to collaborate with the women who inspired the story. I believe that Rattle Snake is important theatre, it takes your breath away and will change lives.” 

The play will be available online for free on the UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, 25th November and throughout the UN’s 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence until Human Rights Day (until 10 December). For more information on how to host a community screening or to watch online, visit the website.

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