Great People I work with
My work with the National Theatre includes: solo shows at festivals such as Watch This Space! Also devising and collaborating on new shows for Early Years. I work with the Learning Dept delivering bespoke storytelling workshops in schools.
Central Saint Martins
Guest Lecturer for the MA in Animation Students 2014 – present. Assisting students in developing the narrative arc and creative strength of their ideas
Crick Crack Club
Crick Crack Club hosts storytelling events around London and the UK including Day of the Dead and other themed events.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Guest storyteller and workshop facilitator for R & D work in 2014. Guest speaker for RSC writers group.
I am a trainer with TheatreWorks. This involves giving workshops on communication and speaking skills via theatre and storytelling techniques. TheatreWorks works with the corporate and charity sectors.
Conference on World Affairs
I have been an invited panelist to the Conference on World Affairs 2011-2014. This week long celebration of the art of conversation and community is an astonishing celebration of the human spirit.
Clare is a solo performer. She stands on stages around the worlds and tells stories. Her work includes the political folkloric work such as her Syrian piece “The King of Lies” to playful pieces like UniVerse which explores where quantum physics, philosophy and mythology meet. Clare’s repertoire of stories is full of all kinds of tales from traditional folklore to ancient mythology, to reportage to historical tales. She tells the story that is called for in each situation from telling to the President of Ireland to performing at the Writers room of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Clare also performs at festivals, art centres, universities, public and private events, conferences and schools. She teaches storytelling and trains people in communication skills via The National Theatre’s TheatreWorks programme. She is a storyteller, performer, writer, curiosist, teacher, consultant, wanderer, wonderer and maker.
One woman shows, bespoke performances, commissioned pieces, public events.
Storytelling workshops for artists, performers, professors, guest lecturing on storytelling, creativity & more
For Theatre companies, writers groups, university department, companies, charities, individuals, and communities
Available for keynote speaking, panel discussions, conferences, symposiums, debates
Getting on stage is a strange job. People often ask me: do you still get nervous? Yes. After 11 years YES, pretty much every time. The stage is a place of the moment, full of opportunity and unexpected outcomes. Plenty of chances to fail, to shine, to connect, to fall over : ) Read more about FINDING MY WAY IN THE DARK; what audience does for a freelance artist like me[…]
What do you do all day? That’s maybe the question behind the question: is this what you actually do for a living? Being a freelance artist is quite hard to explain. So much of the work is invisible. The dreaming, the thinking, the planning, the conversations, the paying attention, the observing the world, the listening Read more about November, invisible and visible work, 2017[…]
One of the joys of this job is the variety. Some weeks I am teaching at a university like Central Saint Martins, other weeks I am performing in a castle like Alden Biesen. It keeps me on my toes. This coming weekend I have the absolute joy of returning to my homeland to work with Read more about going wild, storytelling workshop in Ireland this weekend[…]
It’s day 7 of a week of shows at Alden Biesen. i’m about to do my 13th performance. i’m in a castle in Belgium storytelling for adults. i’m on again in an hour, but before i go perform, i would like to share something that just happened. i have just finished telling stories to young Read more about How do you live a life without shame?[…]
A sane person to an insane society must appear insane – Vonnegut. It was 1998 something radical happened that changed my world forever. I asked a friend if she was going to the latest movie. She said: “Is that the one about the serial killer?” “Yes”, I said. She replied: “Oh no, I’m not going Read more about THE INNER LANDSCAPE[…]
Once there was a man who was traveling through the jungle in Africa, with a team of local men that he had hired to carry his purchases from local markets back to the boat. It was a few days walk, and the man was keen to catch the boat. He urged the men to move Read more about waiting on my soul to catch up[…]
Tomorrow. Tomorrow I board a plane and head west, into a wild six week rollercoaster of gigs. Self organised and much anticipated; the joy of delving deep into the work uninterrupted will be a total pleasure. Here’s the basic itinerary (though all gigs are listed in detail on website calender and FB events page): Sept Read more about GOING ON THE ROAD Tour 2016 USA[…]
(This was written in 2013 during my winter residency at CCWOC, University of Winnipeg. I repost it now to get me restarted on blogging, and because, surprise surprise it is still relevant!) The Questions of a Fool At the beginning of this residency I said I would sit in the cold dark of winter Read more about The questions of a fool[…]
In January 2016 I reached my decade anniversary as a storyteller. Ten years as an artist. There is something about turning that corner, turning to face into a new decade that gives me some strength and belief that I can do this, and perhaps continue to do this work for the rest of my life. Read more about Ten Years (2006-2016) A Storyteller[…]
Dear World, Every week for the past 9 years I have been asked the same questions, questions about the kind of work I do. It doesn’t matter where I am, whenever I mention what I do for a living I get asked one or more of the these same questions. Questions that are laced with Read more about FAQs ON STORYTELLING….(or what the hell is storytelling and why do you do it?)[…]