We are encouraging people to watch a free screening as part of a campaign to end gender-based violence.

The UN’s International Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls on 25 November is an opportunity to increase awareness of gender-based violence.

We encourage our audiences to watch theatre company Open Clasp’s production Key Change, which has been filmed in partnership with the BBC and Arts Council to share with a global audience. You can watch this screening for free from 7pm on 25 November – 10 December on the Open Clasp website.

A woman in a black hat watches as another woman raises her hands in the air.
Jessica Johnson as Angie and Christina Berriman Dawson as Kelly in Key Change.
Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC Browse and license our images

Our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, who is also a patron of Open Clasp, said: "Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. We must do all we can to empower women in whatever way we can. At the RSC, we do this through theatre, championing opportunities for women both on and off our stages. I’ve been a Patron of the inspirational Open Clasp for five years; Key Change is a funny, inventive, beautifully observed, raw and sometimes shocking piece of theatre which brilliantly illustrates the real challenges faced by vulnerable women in our society."

Key Change was devised with women in HMP Low Newton to tour to male prisons and theatres. The New York Times called it "a moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives in a British prison."

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