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According to the latest BBC research, 2019 has seen the UK hit a five-year high for deaths from domestic abuse incidents. Last year, around 143 homicides were reported after domestic disputes turned violent. Many of the victims – who were aged between 16 and 59 – were killed in their own homes.

With deaths on the rise and the number of shelters decreasing exponentially, the topic is at once ferocious and delicate. In dealing with the subject, Open Clasp Theatre have arguably opted for the ‘ferocious’ approach: their play Rattle Snake is a chillingly accurate portrayal of life under the heavy thumb of violence and coercive control. The stories that are relayed in this piece are those of the survivors – indeed, it is the aim of the group to display them in detail, so that more may be able to wield the knowledge and understanding necessary for victims to speak out.

You can watch Rattle Snake, recorded at Live Theatre, for yourself at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre on Saturday 30th November and Saturday 7th December, and Star & Shadow Cinema and Sage Gateshead as part of Words Weekend on Sunday 8th December. For those who may not wish to view it in intense technicolour, there is a stream available online for a short time, published as part of the UN campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Rattle Snake is screened at Alphabetti Theatre on Saturday 30th November and Saturday 7th December, and Sage Gateshead and Star & Shadow Cinema on Sunday 8th December

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