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Rattle Snake, the unflinching new play from Open Clasp, explores a chance meeting with one man which changes the lives of two women forever. This multi-award-winning women’s theatre company behind last year’s hugely successful Key Change works with women on the margins of society to create exciting theatre for personal, social and political change.

Based on the real-life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive control (defined as ‘a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self’) and domestic abuse, Rattle Snake is intense, resolutely authentic and unquestionably relevant.

According to a 2014 Report by Solace Woman’s Aid,  95 out of 100 domestic abuse survivors experience this debilitating method of abuse: in 2015, the UK law changed, making coercive control in relationships a crime.
Originally commissioned by Durham University and Durham Constabulary-  and funded by Durham PCC and the AHRC – Rattle Snake is used in the training of frontline police officers. “This was, by a country mile, the most engaging, impactive and thought provoking training session I have had in my fourteen year career in the police.” Remarked PC. Tony Miley, of the Durham Constabulary.

Touring at various venues across the North East, Rattle Snake is set to debut at Live Theatre until Saturday 30th September, before travelling to Teesside University on Wednesday 3rd October, Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre on Thursday 4th October and Durham University on Friday 13th October.



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