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

BOOK NOW for Clare to appear at your LGBT History Month online event, 2021! She presents talks on LGBTQ history (based on her books, plays and academic research) or you could book her for a comedy appearance or to be a compere at your event or conference!


Apologies to all but Clare’s tour of the US (April-May, 2020) has been cancelled due to Corona Virus. There are, however, some CDs that you can download on the SHOP ONLINE page of this site and postal orders are still possible.  Stay well and safe. 


Clare Summerskill

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

Clare Summerskill – Speaker and Conference Compere

Clare travels the country giving PRESENTATIONAL TALKS at conferences, corporate events 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!

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!

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 play Rights of Passage was published in 2016 and is available to order from

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 four 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, Still Let Me Fly, and Love to be Found are available to buy and to download.

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 2016 Clare toured to theatres nationally with the play Rights of Passage, based on interviews with LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. 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.

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