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Open Clasp Theatre Company

Open Clasp is the north east’s only professional all-female theatre company. Since 1998, Open Clasp has been producing powerful, impactful modern theatre for communities across the north east of England, with the express intention of empowering women, building their aspirations and giving women a stronger voice within communities and among policy makers.

Open Clasp collaborate with other community groups to run safe, accessible, issue-based drama workshops with women and girl's groups, which illustrate the commonality of female experience and illuminate important issues through impactful and thought-provoking performances.

All Open Clasp productions group drama workshops, such as Play in a Week and Play in a Day, are informed by the ability of theatre to build personal development and to provoke positive change for participants and audiences alike.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £100,000
  • 2013-2014: £102,400
  • 2014-2015: £105,062

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Swags & Tails Valuing good practice in care, a training tool

An excerpt from Open Clasp Theatre Company's 'Swags & Tails, valuing good practice in care' training DVD. An engaging and effective person centered care training resource for providers of residential care and home care for older people. For more information visit www.swagsandtailstraining.co.uk Endorsed by the North East Dementia Alliance "A valuable training resource for anyone responsible for the care of older people, this DVD covers difficult issues, including the impact of dementia, sensitively using the innovative approach of a play informed by real people." "A fantastic training tool -- it really brings the issues to life and enables care staff to really look at how to deliver person-centred care." Alice Thwaite, Director of Development, Equal Arts

Open Clasp Theatre Company Showreel 2013

This film showcases the work of Open Clasp Theatre Company, based in Newcastle upon Tyne featuring plays, The Space Between Us (2013) and Swags & Tails (2012). http://www.openclasp.org.uk Actors: Ioana Tudor and Joana Jeronimo in The Space Between Us (1:23) Jessica Johnson and Seda Yildiz in The Space Between Us (1:29) Barbara Heslop (0:15) in Swags & Tails Zoe Lambert, Rachel Teate and Catrina McHugh (1:34) in Swags & Tails Writer: Catrina McHugh www.openclasp.org.uk Director: Charlotte Bennett http://www.forwardtheatreproject.co.uk Design: Lydia Denno (The Space Between Us) http://www.stagejobspro.com/uk/view.php?uid=195766 Anna Gooch (Swags & Tails) http://annagoochdesigns.com/ Lighting design: Ziggy Jacobs (The Space Between Us) http://ziggyjacobs.com/ Jo Dawson (Swags & Tails) jodwsn@hotmail.com Set Build: Simon Henderson Stage Manager: Shona Wright Production Manager: Chloe Ribbens Music: Roma Yagnik http://www.romayagnik.co.uk Filming and Editing: Meerkat Films http://www.meerkatfilms.co.uk Venue: Live Theatre Newcastle http://www.live.org.uk

The Space Between Us Vox Pops - Live Theatre, Newcastle

Some of the audience feedback we received when The Space Between Us was performed at Live Theatre, Newcastle in April 2013. You can find out more about The Space Between Us and Open Clasp Theatre Company at www.openclasp.org.uk

The Space Between Us Vox Pops - Newport, Middlesbrough

Some of the audience feedback we received when The Space Between Us was performed at Newport, Middlesbrough in March 2013. You can find out more about The Space Between Us and Open Clasp Theatre Company at www.openclasp.org.uk

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The Space Between Us Vox Pops - West End Women and Girls Centre

Some of the audience feedback we received when The Space Between Us was performed at West End Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle in March 2013. You can find out more about The Space Between Us and Open Clasp Theatre Company at www.openclasp.org.uk

Swags and Tails

Swags & Tails is set on the day Margaret Thatcher dies, against a backdrop of austerity and cuts. Meet Gloria, her past eroded during years living in dementia units, Mary, the care-worker getting it from all angles and housebound Lillian, locked in her own spare room with only 8 bottles of Sloe Gin for company. Faced with the closure of their day centre will Ellen and Marlene unite and make a last stand? There's more to life than a custard cream and a chocolate bourbon. 155 women worked with us to inform Swags & Tails, through Open Clasp's Generation XX project. The women involved live and work in care homes, care for loved ones, use day centres or are housebound. Using drama techniques each group created a character with their own story to tell. Swags & Tails is about the quality, or lack of quality, of care of older people and carers in our society. The groups who informed Swags & Tails are: Interface Project, Station Court Care Home (Ashington), Mature Friends (Bridge Women's Education & Support Centre), The Grange Centre, West Denton Day Centre, Team Spirit, Eighton Lodge, Cleveland View Care Home, Carers Centre (Newcastle), Culture & Heritage Group, Age UK North Tyneside, Members of the Home Delivery Service of Newcastle City Libraries, The Anand Women's group, Carers Cultural Adventures group

Vox Pops - Swags & Tails 2012 at Live Theatre and Riverside Community Health Project

Some of the audience feedback we received when Swags &Tails, a play created in collaboration with older women, carers and care staff was performed at Live Theatre, Newcastle and Riverside Community Health Project, Newcastle during March 2012. A training DVD based on Swags & Tails will be available later this year. You can find out more about Swags & Tails and Open Clasp Theatre Company at www.openclasp.org.uk

Swags & Tails Look North March 2012

Piece about Swags& Tails by Open Clasp Theatre Company on Look North. Swags & Tails was created in collaboration with 155 older women, carers and care staff and tours until the end of March 2012. Find out more at www.openclasp.org.uk

Swags & Tails audience reaction at the Customs House

Swags & Tails, a new play from Open Clasp Theatre Company visited the Customs House on 24th February - here's some audience feedback at the event. You can find out where to see Swags & Tails at openclasp.org.uk

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Swags & Tails, a new play from Open Clasp Theatre Company visited the Customs House on 24th February - here's some audience feedback at the event. You can find out where to see Swags & Tails at openclasp.org.uk

Open Clasp Theatre Company

Created by Magnificent Films during the hugely successful tour of "Falling Knives & Runaround Wives" this 4 minute film was part of the Media Trust's Volunteer Films 2006 project. It tells you more about Open Clasp's issue based women's theatre.

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http://www.openclasp.org.uk

Stephenson Building, 173
Elswick Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE4 6SQ

54.96833, -1.63846

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