Rattle Snake

Stage on Screen at Storyhouse Running from
Last event: Sunday 1 December 2019 at 3pm
  • Free (booking required)

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Part of: THIS WEEKEND: Storyhouse Women

Written by Catrina McHugh
Directed by Charlotte Bennett

In Rattle Snake we meet two women both involved with the same perpetrator, James.  Coercive controlling behaviours impact on their ability to think, feel and to escape; both women are trapped, not only by the perpetrator but by the state.  Tactics are used to annihilate, reduce them to nothing and make them feel like no-one is in their corner.  We see the impact of Domestic Abuse on their mental health, how this can be used against victims/survivors, to threaten and control and how the state views mental health with stigma and discrimination becoming James’ weapons. Following the initial commission Rattle Snake was developed further to include a family court scene and to ensure voices of the children affected by coercive control where heard.

Rattle Snake premiered in 2017, touring nationally in 2017 and 2018. It was named Best New Play 2017- North East (British Theatre Guide) and the Writer of the Year award 2018 (Journal Culture Awards) went to writer Catrina McHugh.

An Open Clasp Theatre Company and Live Theatre co-production, more information on Open Clasp’s website.

Chester Women’s Aid will introduce the film and host a post screening Q&A.




Approx 60 mins


Open Clasp’s hard-hitting and sophisticated production shines a light on all-too invisible domestic abuse… raw and truthful, you hold your breath waiting for the snake to strike.
This show should be seen by as many people as possible. It has the potential to be an incredible catalyst for change.
Better than any police reality documentary on TV- 55 mins flew by. Eye-opener for me.
Powerful dramatisation…. Angry that it can leave victims/survivors so afraid.
It might make you angry, as it did me. It might strike a chord. It is certainly providing a valuable service, showing how hellish life can be for some women in the supposed safety of their own home.