In August 2015, “Key Change” by Open Clasp Theatre Company, won the latest Award. This astounding play is absolutely authentic—it was devised by women inmates in a Northern English prison, originally to tour to male prisons. The results were so intense and inspiring— it was polished into a beautiful play. Please read Lyn Gardner’s review in The Guardian.
“Key Change” was presented at New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre from January 6th– January 31st, 2016.
The New York Times called it “A moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives”. Read the full review here.
KEY CHANGE, an Open Clasp production, has since won an Arts Council Award as the Best Play of Northern England. It began another tour in 2017, with a sold-out run in London. KEY CHANGE was invited to the House of Commons, to play to lawmakers, in October, 2016.
Catrina McHugh, founder of Open Clasp and creator of KEY CHANGE, was awarded an MBE, a high honor from the Queen for giving voice to disadvantaged women in the UK.
The 2015 Short List
- Spillikin, by Pipeline Theatre
- TransScripts, Paul Lucas Productions
- Walking the Tightrope, by Cressida Brown and Ruby Glaskin
- Breakfast Plays, Traverse Theatre
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.