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Clare Summerskill is a stand-up, a writer, an actress,
and a singer-songwriter.

Clare Summerskill – The Stand-Up

As a Lesbian Comedienne, Clare performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to mainly Gay and Lesbian audiences and has even been known to make straight people chuckle as well!



One of the funniest women in the country
What’s On
Uninhibited and Unorthodox
The Independent
A Lesbian Victoria Wood
Radio 4, Woman’s Hour
Engaging and Charming
Time Out
One of the most rip-roaring talents on the lesbian stage today
Rainbow Network
The discerning Dyke’s comedienne
Gingerbeer Website

Booking Clare. She offers:

*Presentational Talks:

Gateway to Heaven – A talk about her book “Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History” (Q&A session offered).

Staying Out Late –  A presentational talk about older LGBT people’s concerns about being in care in later life (Q&A session offered).

Hearing Voices – A talk about Clare’s play set in a secure psychiatric ward, combined with screening of the film version. (Q&A session offered).

Follow Clare Summerskill on Facebook & Twitter: CAESummerskill and  download her CDs from this site!

See Events Page for more details about forthcoming appearances by Clare.


Friday 27th February
A rehearsed reading of a brand new play, presented by Artemis Theatre Company.

Rights of PASSAGE
by Clare Summerskill

February 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Oxford House Theatre
London E2 6HG, UK
Cost: £5 Book at

Thursday 12th February

Free talk and book signing: Gateway to Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History. Putney Library (see events page for details)


Tues 17th June

Book Launch: at The Tavistock.  Clare will speak about a chapter that she has written in a book just published by Karnac.


Clare has written a book of memories from 46 older LGBT people called Gateway to Heaven, published by Tollington Press. Visit for orders and look at the events page for book readings and signings. For talks on the book also go to the TALKS page and the EVENTS page on this site.

Clare Summerskill – The Writer

As a writer Clare has worked for many years in theatre, film and radio. Her book, “We’re The Girls” is a collection of her comedy monologues, short stories and favourite song lyrics and was published in 2008. This book is beautifully illustrated by the renowned lesbian cartoonist Kate Charlesworth. Sarah Waters has said of Clare’s writing that it is: “Smart, witty, and with an eye for the sometimes poignant detail of everyday life.”

In 2010 her play HEARING VOICES was published by Tollington Press and a new publication, edited by Clare, GATEWAY TO HEAVEN has just been published, also by Tollington Press, containing memories of forty-six older lesbians and gay men. Visit to order the book and find out about talks she is giving about this work. She has also had two short stories published and a chapter in a book about mental health.

Clare runs COMEDY WRITING WORKSHOPS. Contact for details and bookings for upcoming workshops.

Her publications can be ordered online. For details of Clare’s theatre writing click here. Clare has also given talks at several conferences, universities, council held events, etc about films and plays that she has researched, written and produced. These include a talk about a film she made called “Queens’ Evidence” which examines the history between the Metropolitan Police and older LGBT people in London. This was commissioned by The Met in response to the introduction of The Hate Crime Bill. Other talks Clare gives are about older LGBT history (“Gateway To Heaven”) and the writing and research of her latest play about the current Mental Health system, (“Hearing Voices”).

Clare Summerskill – Singer/Songwriter

Clare has released three CDs of her original songs, which all include a marvellous mixture of comedic songs and ballads. All three,  “MAKE IT SOUND EASY,”  “FEELS LIKE COMING HOME” and her latest  “STILL LET ME FLY” are available for purchase.

Clare Summerskill – Director Artemis Theatre Company

Clare is the Artistic Director of her own professional theatre company, ARTEMIS THEATRE COMPANY. The company performs to audiences who are often excluded by mainstream commercial theatre. Previous productions include two sell-out national tours of the play “GATEWAY TO HEAVEN” by Clare Summerskill, a piece based entirely on the memories of older lesbians and gay men. This play was commissioned by Age Concern to be made into a film. Visit for further details about this production. In spring 2010 Clare toured with a new play that she had written called HEARING VOICES, based entirely on testimonies from Mental Health Service Users. This play was funded by The Arts Council. Visit for further information about the play, the tour, the company, the contributors, the DVD and talks Clare gives about the show and its subject matter.

Clare Summerskill – Patron

Clare Summerskill  is a Patron of several organisations all of which perform outstanding work in supporting and celebrating the LGBT Community. They are:

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