Project information

BlueGiro Tour 2011

BlueGiro, a new play directly informed by survivors of sexual violence, is an engaging and entertaining way to examine the issue of sexual violence and the myths that surround it. Open Clasp will bring this brilliant resource direct to community groups.

November 2010 - March 2011

Charity information

Open Clasp Theatre Company

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  • Need


    A recent survey by Opinion Matters found that more women than men felt women should accept responsibility for sexual violence in certain circumstances, e.g. being drunk, dressing provocatively, flirting, dancing, going to a man’s house or accepting a drink and engaging in conversation. In a society where victims of this crime are blamed, perpetrators are protected and survivors are seldom believed it is more important than ever to challenge preconceived ideas regarding sexual violence.


    BlueGiro is an engaging and entertaining way to examine the issue of sexual violence and the myths that surround it. In keeping with all Open Clasp productions BlueGiro is accessible, popular and relevant, with a strong sense of humour. At the same time will highlight the devastating impact of sexual violence, and expose the myths and attitudes that compound the experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise awareness of sexual violence and challenge the myths that surround it with NE communities


    » We will take BlueGiro to community venues and mainstream venues with a community focus throughout the north east.

    Success will be measured by number of audience members reached, and by consolidating audience feedback into a report at the end of the project

    Aim 2

    To enable audience members to further explore issues around sexual violence highlighted in BlueGiro


    » We will run post-show workshops focusing on young people, risk taking behaviour, myths and responsibility

    Success will be measured by the numbers attending drama workshops, and by their feedback which will feed into the evaluation report.

  • Impact


    This project will challenge audience members preconcieved ideas by challenging myths surrounding sexual violence. It will also support women who have experienced sexual violence and let them know they are not alone.

    We will demonstrate our success by getting feedback on changes in participants thoughts and attitudes from community workers following the completion of the project.


    There is a risk that not enough community venues will request a performance, or will cancel. We are dealing with this risk by promoting the tour widely, using our existing relationships with local community venues and making new relationships, so that we can not only book the full tour but also have reservations who will take on any cancelled dates.


    Donors will recieve email updates on the project, including dates of public performances. All donors will be sent the final evaluation report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £63,168

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,721 Pre Rehearsal Production Including creative team designers, director etc paid at Equity approved rates and preparation costs
      £19,126 Rehearsals 3 weeks of rehearsals including all wages at Equity rates, set, props and equipment.
      £32,321 Tour 8 week tour including all wages at Equity rates, travel to community venues and BSL interpretation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lloyds TSB Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
    Arts Council England £20,000 Guaranteed
    Northern Rock Foundation £10,800 Guaranteed
  • Background


    BlueGiro will tour to community venues including community centres, youth groups, schools and women's groups across the North East of England.


    Individuals who see the show will benefit from seeing professional quality theatre in their own community. Audience members and workshop participants will also benefit from increased awareness and undertanding of sexual violence and the myths that surround it. Women who have experienced sexual violence will benefit from the increased awareness in their communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Open Clasp has a proved track record since 1998 at accessing powerful theatre and drama to communities all over the North East and using theatre to give women a voice – to each other, to society and to policy makers. BlueGiro is directly informed by survivors of sexual violence and young womens’ groups through drama workshops, focus groups and one to one interviews which have been taking place since April 2010.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Catrina McHugh

    Catrina is the Artistic Director and Playwrite at Open Clasp and will be Directing BlueGiro. She is passionate about using theatre to empower.