Have you seen Key Change?

Peter Lathan

Have you seen Open Clasp’s most successful play Key Change, set in a women’s prison? It’s toured the UK, been performed in the House of Commons, played at the Edinburgh Fringe where it won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and transferred to New York in 2016.

It was devised with the women of HMP Young Offenders Institution Low Newton (Durham), based on their own stories. The aim was to show it, performed by a cast of professional actors, in men’s prisons. It had two performances at Newcastle’s Live Theatre in June 2014 and that began the production’s theatrical life.

Now it has been filmed in partnership with The Space, a digital commissioning agency supported by the BBC and Arts Council to share with a global audience, and is available for free on-demand viewing from 25 November 2017 to mark the UN campaign International Day to End Violence Against Women & Girls and running for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign until 10 December.

Performed by the original cast of Jessica Johnson, Cheryl Dixon, Christina Berriman Dawson, Judi Earl and Kate McCheyne, who have stayed with the show since the beginning, it can be viewed on Open Clasp’s web site,