My plays have been performed in London, Bath, Bristol, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Salisbury, Wales and Cambridge. I have had a number of plays recorded as audio dramas. I have worked with a variety of theatre companies, many of whom specialise in new writing, including: Pint-Sized (London), Little Pieces of Gold, the Crucible Theatre Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, Juno Theatre, Duelling Productions, Broken Silence Theatre, BS13 Theatre Co, Pint-Sized Plays (Wales), Crystal Clear Creators, Theatrelab, The Space, Green Lights, Wireless Theatre Co, Old Bag Theatre Co and Rapscallion Theatre, amongst others. Here is a selection of my work.
A powerful, bittersweet comedy-drama set in Shanghai about marriage, mothers, and family planning, Little Potatoes looks at the the short and long term consequences of China's one-child policy.
Little Potatoes had a successful Edinburgh run last year, and was recently performed at the Old Red Lion in London. It is now on tour with Red Dragonfly Productions. Details here.
Some of our audience responses:
‘Incredibly well written, intensely moving, amazingly acted’
‘Clever, funny, political and often very moving. One of the best-written plays I’ve seen in ages'.
Sungrazer is a short play set in Sweden about two sisters, divided by nuclear power. It was performed in November by Broken Silence Theatre at the Old Red Lion in Islington as part of their Voices From Home festival. I was proud to be part of an event showcasing the varied and powerful voices of regional female writers.
My short play Iconoclast was performed in September, in St Thomas' Church Salisbury as part of Juno Theatre's Salisbury Tales. Iconoclast is a site specific play about a Reformation Protestant zealot. It was glorious to see the play being performed under the Doom picture that inspired it.
My short play Sandwiches was shortlisted by Little Pieces of Gold (one of 19 out of 600 plays). It was given a rehearsed reading at the Space in London in October. The event received 5*s from thespyinthestalls.com:
"A comedy that dredges laughs from the low wage economy, ‘Sandwiches’ by Clare Reddaway shows life on the sandwich production line, with three tightly written acts squeezing in erotic sandwich fillings, a villain with a whistle played by Nigel Fyfe and a showdown at the industry’s ‘Sarnies’ awards."
Sandwiches also had a rehearsed reading at the Egg Theatre, Bath, in July.
Sandwiches is set in a sandwich factory, and tracks Sam, Paul and Ruby as they compete for the coveted annual Sarnie award. I am currently developing Sandwiches as a full length play.
My short play The Rift was chosen as one of the 4x15 plays to be produced at the Crucible Theatre Studio in Sheffield. The Rift is a surreal modern folk tale about contemporary Britain.
The Rift 'had great wit and panache,and a really strong, arresting narrative idea' [Robert Hastie, Artistic Director, Sheffield Theatres].
The Rift received a rehearsed reading as part of Out of Your Mind New Writing Festival, at the Egg Theatre in Bath, 2018.
THE RED COURT
The Red Court is a full length play set in modern China. It won a national competition hosted by the Confucius Institute at Sheffield University, as part of the Festival of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu. The play examines the downfall of Communist leader Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai, who murdered her British lover. It is a true scandal of power and ambition, laced with corruption, adultery and murder, retold as a contemporary Macbeth.
The Red Court was performed at the Rondo Theatre Bath, at Burdall’s Yard as part of the Bath Fringe Festival and at the Clifton Library in Bristol. (Director Carolyn Csonka, Rapscallion Theatre.) As the competition winner, the cast and crew of The Red Court were taken to Shanghai – but we were not allowed to perform the play in China.
RIPE APRICOTS , BURNING OIL
Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil was chosen by Pint-sized to be part of their February showcase at the Bunker Theatre, London Bridge. Pint-sized feature “some of the best new writing talent in the UK”. I was thrilled to have the wonderful writer Stella Feehily as my mentor.
“A beautiful piece of writing”, Stella Feehily, playwright, on Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil.
The piece is a monologue about an Iranian refugee seeking asylum in the UK.
I SAID NO
I Said No explores the struggle of a conscientious objector, Arthur Ballard, in 1916, as he follows his conscience and objects to killing his fellow man. Inspired by historical accounts, I Said No is theatrical, engaging, thought-provoking – and still topical.
It was commissioned by Bath Quaker Meeting to commemorate the centenary of conscription. (Director Carolyn Csonka, Rapscallion Theatre).
“The dialogue is crisp and evocative, and the cast are resourceful, versatile actors whose portrayal of the various characters is always vivid and often moving.” [Theatre Bath]
Cutting Corners was one of the winners of Juno Theatre’s Circling The Square competition, which selected ‘the best new playwrights in the south-west’. It was performed in Salisbury.
It is set in Greece in 1946 and is about two mothers whose sons have emigrated to America (director Kirsty Davies). For more information about the project click here.
ANGEL OF PECKHAM
Angel of Peckham, my short play about Camilla Batmanghelidgh and the Kids Company, was performed by the Old Bag Theatre company at the Rondo in Bath (director Carolyn Csonka.)
The play then went on to win the McConnell New Writing Fund award and was produced in Camden, London (Duelling Productions). It was then performed at the Bath Fringe in May (Rapscallion Theatre), paired with another play as Dare To Care.
“A crisply directed and tightly written demonstration of all the theatrical skills,” (Theatre Bath ****)
I DON'T WANT TO BE YOKO ONO
I Don’t Want To Be Yoko Ono, a comedy about tribute bands, got a standing ovation at the Bath Fringe in May 2015. It had previously been developed as part of Theatrelab, and had rehearsed readings at Burdall’s Yard in Bath and the Yard in Bristol.
2016 - 8
My first – and only - short film I Know You Of Old was filmed in 2016 as part of My Name is Woman, for Shakespeare Unplugged, Theatre Royal Bath’s Shakespeare Festival (director Philip Perry).
I was one of the writers for Engage’s 24 Hour Plays at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2016. It was a great deal harder than I thought it would be, but my play Staggered was beautifully directed and performed (director Sam Ellis).
This Heart of Mine was given a rehearsed reading by Wordplay at Burdall’s Yard in 2017. It is a short play about a relationship affected by a heart transplant.
My short monologue Love, Ruby was shortlisted by The Female Gaze for their event celebrating female filmmakers.
My short radio play Very Shirley Valentine was recorded some time ago by the Radio Theatre Group. It recently received another playback session - ‘people love it, it feels very fresh’ (Charlotte Simon, Radio Theatre Group) - and will soon be transmitted on UCH Hospital Radio to the patients at the UCH in London. On another hospital radio station, Radio Stortford, my story A New Religion has recently been broadcast.
Love and Pleasure, a script about Mata Hari that was originally staged at St James’s Wine Vaults, Bath, was performed at the Swindon Fringe in 2016 (director Carolyn Csonka, Rapscallion Theatre).
Pre-Lash was shortlisted for the Chesil 10x10 Playwriting Festival, 2016
My short monologue The Benevolent Influence of Monsieur Brillat-Savarin was enjoyed as part of an evening of new writing Infinite Stars at the Rondo in May (director Shane Morgan)
My play The Experiment, a ghost story, had a script-in-hand performance at the Zion Chapel in Bristol (BS13 Theatre Company). I wrote another piece, Sanctuary, for BS13 which was performed as a 20 minute script-in-hand in the autumn. It was a series of monologues about dogs at an animal sanctuary (director Bryn Holding). I was honoured when BS13 asked me to write their Christmas show A Brave Tin Solider (director Hannah Drake).
Reputation, a short audio drama, was recorded by the Backwell Playhouse. It was shortlisted in the Audio Verse Awards for Best Writing of an Original Standalone Production.
Freefall was performed at the Bierkeller in Bristol (director June Trask). It had a rehearsed reading at the Rondo (director Shane Morgan).
My script Maggie’s War, part of War 100, which was originally staged in 2014 at the Bierkeller, Bristol, toured Bath, Herefordshire and London (Andarta Productions).
Hula Hoops Were My Downfall, a monologue, was produced at the One Festival at The Space, Canary Wharf.
Care received a rehearsed reading at the Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol (MakeshiftWings Theatre) (Great venue - basically an old and cold loo).
Care and Out of the Trees had rehearsed readings at Wordplay, Burdall’s Yard.
Sungrazer was given a script-in-hand reading at Green Lights, Bordeaux Quay (director June Trask), having had a rehearsed reading from Theatre West in Bristol.
Love to Love You Baby was performed at the Rondo as part of a new writing evening All The Ghouls, (director Jazz Hazelwood).
Adrift was performed at the Rondo as part of a new writing evening Alliance (director Hannah Drake).
DV had a rehearsed reading at the Rondo.
Roadkill was a winner of the Pint Sized Plays Competition and was performed in pubs across Wales and at Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard. Omm, Wedding Dress and John The Baptist have all been shortlisted for the Pint Sized Plays competition.
Scam was produced by Bath Drama at the Rondo as part of their evening of new writing, Three Card Trick.
Flawed Hearts received a script in hand reading at Salisbury Playhouse as part of their Dialogue New Writing Showcase.
A New Dawn was shortlisted for Bristol Shorts, and given a rehearsed reading by Bath Drama.
Laying Ghosts was recorded by the Wireless Theatre Company. It is available to listen to on audiobooks.co.uk.
Very Shirley Valentine was recorded by the Radio Theatre Group and Somer Valley Voice.
Highly Satisfactory, an audio play about Emperor Haile Selassie’s wartime exile in Bath, was recorded by Crystal Clear Creators having won a Writing History award. It was developed for Radio 4 by BBC Bristol, but fell at the last commissioning hurdle.