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An Open Clasp and Live Theatre co-production
Commissioned by Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham
Written by Catrina McHugh MBE 
Directed by Laura Lindow
A true story performed by real-life mother and daughter, Cheryl & Abigail Byron

“I sucked in the cold air. Proper fresh air for the first time. I looked at the big sky and it was like being reborn.” 

At the end of Open Clasp's award-winning drama Key Change, four women walk towards the prison gates. The sun is shining, their families are waiting. don’t forget the birds is the true story of what happened next for one of the original collaborators on Key Change, now released and working with Open Clasp Theatre Company. This first-hand account tells how prison took a mother from a daughter and their heart lifting journey to find each other again.

don’t forget the birds is a continuation of Live Theatre’s collaboration with Open Clasp. Key Change previewed at Live Theatre before winning the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

don't forget the birds Trailer

"Exquisite… singing with an everyday poetry” ★★★★

The Guardian (on Key Change)
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Don't Forget The Birds

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund


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