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Key Change

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Must see

About the show

Britain's Open Clasp Theatre Company presents this award-winning piece of theatre devised by actual female prisoners about their lives in a raw and illuminating portrait. More…

Open Clasp were originally commissioned by Dilly Arts, an arts development company specialising in working with people in prison, to work with women in HMPYOI Low Newton as part of a larger project working with male and female offenders. Open Clasp worked with the women to enable them to tell their stories, and devise and rehearse a new piece of theatre. 'Key Change' is the result of those collaborations.

1h 0m | Already closed | 4th Street Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (26)


Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Must see
Avg Score

Brilliant, Thought-provoking, Moving, Great writing, Must see

See it if brilliantly written, acted and staged. Moving and gripping story. Touching, real and insightful. Sad and funny. MUST SEE!

Don't see it if no excuses. Get it while supplies last!

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like well written and masterfully acted theater or like stories of women in prison. All of the women give powerful powerformes

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist staging or don't want to actively listen in order to follow the story.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Original

See it if you enjoy something a bit avant garde and edgy. . . . you couldn't stop watching Orange Is the New Black.

Don't see it if you are a fan of musical comedy

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a theater experience that opens your eyes to the lives of people society too often ignores or writes off as lesser.

Don't see it if you don't have an hour to spare to open your mind.

Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are moved by the plight of women who wind up in prison due to misfortunes outside their control, who must struggle to make their way

Don't see it if You need a dose of comedy, a la Orange is the New Black, to take the edge of the bleak reality imprisoned women face

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like original, devised, British performances that explore dark and realistic issues that affect female prisoners.

Don't see it if you don't like Fringe festival works, are offended by profanity, or would be uncomfortable with depictions of domestic abuse.

Stunning, Arresting, Deep, Thoughtful, Must see

See it if you want to see magnificent acting. Unexpected loads talent in a simple yet, deeply thoughtful play. One the best I've seen in a while

Don't see it if you don't like original, unique works in black box settings


See it if You want to experience these women in their prison experience. Excellent Engish cast. Actress's are very nautural and real.

Don't see it if You are not into thought provoking theater pieces

Great acting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if A beautifully acted and powerful prison drama set in England. Very moving and although sad, there is hope. Inventive staging and direction.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding English accents and don't like prison dramas. Could be more character development.

Confusing, Dizzying, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You like sparse, economic staging and writing and lack patience.

Don't see it if You don't like doing a little 'work' when you see theater; pay attention which of the four women is playing which character!

Exquisite, Must see, Original, Epic, Great writing

See it if Fantastic production , must see so glad that i was one of the technicians that worked on in edinburgh and be able to watch in NYC again :)

Don't see it if N/A

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy good honest theatre with lots of energy and humour. A must see - highly recommended

Don't see it if Everyone should see this show it is such a powerful piece of work that it is a good fit for everyone - enjoy.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Thought provoking

Don't see it if You don't care about society


See it if Hits to the core. Want to address your basic human self? Feel the pain of what could happen? What might have happened? Cleverly done.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see it

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if You are interested in making a difference, you care about social justice, you are passionate about excellent theatre ..

Don't see it if You want an easy ride

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if You want honesty and truth about the human condition. There is a rawness here that speaks straight from the heart of voices we seldom hear.

Don't see it if You don't want to be confronted with uncomfortable truths. That is not to say this play is without plenty of humour and joy.

Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You're interested in real women's stories told with sensitivity & imagination, & presented by highly talented female artists

Don't see it if You' can't understand a Northern English accent

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Must see

See it if you love complex female characters, written with humanity and humor. you think about the world we live in and how we define right and wrong.

Don't see it if you want froth and triviality.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if You believe theatre can change things, change you.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment that you'll easily forget

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original, Refreshing

See it if you like Orange is the New Black and would appreciate a more authentic portrayal of the lives of prisoners.

Don't see it if you don't like ensemble casts, minimalist sets, or plays that last about an hour.

Clever, Edgy, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like something that is Excellent and vibrant

Don't see it if You want convention

Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love theatre with a conscience

Don't see it if You hate good theatre

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like good acting, good writing.

Don't see it if If you're offended by the word 'cunt'

Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Funny, Intense

See it if You are a smart person who appreciates the voices of people who are often unheard.

Don't see it if You are vapid

Entertaining, Edgy, Must see, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You love honest, true stories, that will send you on an emotional roller coaster. It's beautifully presented and excellently portrayed.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this really. If you don't like to laugh and cry then maybe it's not for you.

January 15th, 2016
"A moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives in a British prison...The production is aptly spare and simple...The dialogue is crisp, minimal and overlapping...Among its other virtues, 'Key Change' resists sentimentality, although there are some touching passages."
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January 19th, 2016
"There are many striking moments; you could say that 'Key Change' is constructed of nothing but...'Key Change' also powerfully delineates the grim facts of life behind bars...In the end, however, 'Key Change' remains a piece that, for all its harrowingly rendered observations, exists mostly as a ...
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January 14th, 2016
"A moving and highly theatrical kaleidoscopic factual drama that makes a great impact in one hour. Playwright Catrina McHugh has crafted a richly detailed confessional examination of four women’s lives that are told with fierce candor and biting humor...The pace is fast and vibrantly conveys the ...
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January 12th, 2016
"These powerful performers understand the value of detailed, fearless acting...If it's the carefully woven fabric of voices and stories that makes this a punch-strong show or if it is the fact that it is delivered carefully through equally powerful moments of comedy, completely earned lyricism an...
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