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

Clare Summerskill

Clare is a writer and playwright, creating mainly verbatim productions from interviews with people from marginalised communities.

Her next show is Rights of Passage, an intimate look into the harrowing journeys of LGBT aslyum seekers in the UK.

Touring England in May and June 2016.

Clare Summerskill – Speaker

Clare travels the country giving PRESENTATIONAL TALKS at conferences and universities – perfect for LGBT History Month bookings.

Gateway to Heaven, a talk, with acted extracts, about Clare’s book “Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History.”

Staying Out Late, a presentational talk about older LGBT people’s concerns about being in care in later life.

Hearing Voices, a talk about Clare’s play set in a secure psychiatric ward.

Rights of Passage, a talk about the making of Clare’s latest verbatim play based on interviews with LGBT asylum seekers.

A Warm and Comical Glimpse into LGBT History, an informative talk – with songs!

Or contact for booking inquiries.

Clare Summerskill – Stand-Up

As a Lesbian Comedienne, Clare performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to mainly LGBT 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

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

See Events Page for future appearances.


 Saturday 28th November

Clare will host the Peter Tatchell Equality Ball, London.

Staring Marc Almond and Heather Peace. Guest: Sir Ian McKellan.

May-June 2016

For inquiries about the upcoming 2016 Artemis Theatre Company tour of Clare’s new play,  Rights of Passage, contact

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:

Clare Summerskill – 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 in 2012 Gateway to Heaven was published, also by Tollington Press. Gateway to Heaven contains memories of 46 older lesbians and gay men. Visit to order the book and find out about talks she is giving about this work. Clare has also had two short stories published, as well as a chapter in a book about mental health.

Her publications can be ordered online. For details of Clare’s theatre writing click here.

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

Clare Summerskill – Singer/Songwriter

Clare has released three CDs of her original songs, which all include a marvelous mixture of comedic songs and ballads. All three, Make It Sound Easy, Feels Like Coming Home, and Still Let Me Fly are available for purchase.

Clare Summerskill – Artistic 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 2010 Clare toured with a play that she wrote 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.

UPCOMING from ARTEMIS:  Clare’s brand new verbatim play, Rights of Passage, an intimate look into the harrowing journeys of LGBT aslyum seekers in the UK.

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