Rattle Snake

World Premiere
Produced by Open Clasp and Live Theatre in association with York Theatre Royal
Written by Catrina McHugh
Directed by Charlotte Bennett

A story with no ending; a chance meeting with one man changes the lives of two women forever. Now they both live trying to predict the unpredictable.

Rattle Snake is an epic tale, based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse.

Continuing a long association between Live Theatre and Open Clasp, this sharp, moving and unflinching new play is from the company behind the hugely successful Key Change which premiered at Live Theatre before winning The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award in 2015 and featuring as a New York Times Critics’ Pick in 2016.

Coinciding with the change in UK law in 2015 making coercive control in relationships a crime, Rattle Snake was originally commissioned by Durham University and Durham Constabulary and funded by Durham PCC and the AHRC and is used in the training of frontline police officers.

Rattle Snake will tour to York Theatre Royal from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 October and Soho Theatre from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 October.

What is coercive control?

Coercive control is a term developed by Evan Stark to help us understand domestic abuse as more than a “fight”. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim's liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self. It is not just women's bodily integrity which is violated but also their human rights.

Post Show Talk - Friday 29 September (after the 7.30pm show) BSL
Meet the Team
Find out about the making of the play with the cast and creative team.
FREE, with ticket for that evening's show
Suitable for Artsmark visits.

Watch writer Catrina McHugh as she talks about Rattle Snake: