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Clare Reddaway

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My (mainly short) plays have been performed on stage (in Bath at the Rondo Theatre, Ustinov Theatre, the Mission Theatre, St James’ Wine Vaults, Burdall’s Yard, the Friends’ Meeting House; in London at The Space, Canary Wharf and Teatro Technis in Camden; in Bristol at the Bierkeller, at Zion Chapel and at Clifton Library; at the fringe in Swindon; at Salisbury Arts Centre; in Cambridge at Write On and MAD festival; at various Welsh pubs and Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard as a winner of the Pint Sized Plays competition, and somewhere in Hereford…) They have been recorded as audio dramas (Wireless Theatre Company, Radio Theatre Company, Crystal Clear Creators, Somer Valley Voice, Backwell Playhouse).  I have had plays shortlisted for the Open Session at the Bristol Old Vic, longlisted for Scriptspace at the Tobacco Factory and performed as script-in-hand at the Salisbury Playhouse as part of their Dialogue programme.  I was honoured to be the recipient of the first Rondo Scriptwriting Award in 2012.


Recently:

2017

The Red Court is set in modern China.  It recently won a national competition hosted by the Confucius Institute at Sheffield University, as part of the Festival of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu. The play tells the story 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 in March, at Burdall’s Yard as part of the Bath Fringe Festival in May and at the Clifton Library in Bristol in June. (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 perfom the play in China.  Read more here.

My short play The Rift was chosen as one of the 4 x 15 plays to be produced at the Crucible Theatre Studio in Sheffield. The Rift is a surreal modern folk tale about contemporary Britain.

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.  She and Max Stafford Clark came to the show, a huge honour.

“A beautiful piece of writing”, Stella Feehily, playwright, on Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil.


2016

My first full length play I Said No  commissioned by the Bath Quaker Meeting, was performed at the Quaker Meeting House in October and then at the Rondo Theatre (director Carolyn Csonka, Rapscallion Theatre Company). It is about conscientious objectors in the First World War.

Cutting Corners was one of the winners of new theatre company Juno Theatre’s Circling The Square competition, which selected ‘the best new playwrights in the south-west’. It was performed in Salisbury in February.  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, my short play about Camilla Batmanghelidgh and the Kids Company, was performed in February 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 ****)

My first – and only - short film I Know You Of Old was filmed 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.  It was a great deal harder than I thought it would be, but my play Staggered was beautifully directed and performed (director Sam Ellis).

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 April (director Carolyn Csonka, Rapscallion Theatre).

Pre-lash was shortlisted for the Chesil 10x10 Playwriting Festival.  


2015

I Don’t Want To Be Yoko Ono 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.

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, Sanctuaryfor 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.


Before 2015

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.

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.