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Forthcoming Events


Thurs 9th March. GLASGOW. Goma.  

Clare will be performing stand up and songs at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)Swipe Right is a performative and discursive event with engaging talks, illustrated poetry and comedienne Clare Summerskill will be presenting her stand-up and comedy songs. The event opens up a discussion around LGBT+ identity and self-image after the Web 2.0.It’s free but you need to book on this link:…


Clare is delivering several Gigs and Presentational Talks this month about Rights of Passage (her play about LGBT asylum seekers, song included) and Gateway to Heaven (her book on LGBT oral histories). Most of these events are private events but if PUBLIC, then marked as such.


Weds 1st Feb – Rights of Passage Talk, Boston University (London)


Tues 7th Feb – Rights of Passage Talk, Birmingham University


Weds 15th Feb – PUBLIC – Rights of Passage Talk, Sussex University


Fri 17th Feb – Gateway to Heaven Talk. L&Q Housing Association, London


Mon 20th Feb – PUBLIC – Rights of Passage Talk. ParliOut, House of Commons, London. 5.30 pm    This is a free event but you must book beforehand at


Fri 24th Feb – PUBLIC (booking required) Lesbian Lives Conference, Brighton University. Delivering a paper ‘Lesbian Oral Histories: An Inside Job?’ as part of a panel with Jane Traies, Jan Pimblett and Sally Munt.


Sat 25th Feb, 3pm – PUBLIC – Gateway to Heaven Talk. Sheffield LGBT+ History Month. Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield.


Sat 25th Feb, 7pm – PUBLIC – Clare Summerskill and Grace Petrie in Concert with Carol Robson. Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield. (£10/£6) Book at

Mon 27th Feb – Rights of Passage Talk. Surrey University.

Tues 28th Feb – Rights of Passage Talk. Royal Holloway University of London. Katherine Worth Theatre. Drama Dept.





National Tour 2016

Rights of Passage


An inspirational new play about the struggles and triumphs of lesbians and gay men who have fled to the UK from persecution. What happens when they get to the country that they hope will offer refuge? Who is welcome, who is locked up, and who is deported?

Real-life stories of LGBT asylum seekers brought to the stage in this brand new verbatim production.

Great play! The most powerful and accurate portrayal of LGBT asylum seeker stories I’ve ever watched. UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group


Weds 11th – Sat 14th May      LONDON CHELSEA THEATRE 0207 352 1967

Chelsea Theatre Specials: 11th May Premiere of Rights of Passage special event – music from Janette Mason and aftershow party at the theatre, all ticket holders welcome.

13th May Q&A session after the show with verbatim theatre academic, Chris Megson, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, and contributor to the play, Mehri Jafari, and Bliss Namuddu (member of Micro Rainbow).

Tues 17th May       HUDDERSFIELD              LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE 01484 430528

Thurs 19th May      LEICESTER            THE Y, LEICESTER 0116 255 7066


Fri 27th – Sat 28th May             WOLVERHAMPTON            ARENA THEATRE 01902 321 321

n.b.There will be a post show discussion after the performance on Fri 27th with the writer and the actors.

Mon 30th May       SHEFFIELD            MERLIN THEATRE         07941 361510

Sat 4th June           SALFORD            THE LOWRY           0843 208 6010

Thurs 9th – Fri 10th June            STOKE          NEW VIC THEATRE, 01782 717 962

Tues 14th June ENFIELD              DUGDALE CENTRE 020 8807 6680

Wed 15th June      NORWICH         THE GARAGE 01603 598646

Fri 17th June        LIVERPOOL             UNITY THEATRE         0151 709 4988

All inquiries to: Debbie at



Saturday 28th November

Clare will be the host for the first ever Peter Tatchell Equality Ball, Stratford Town Hall, London.

Staring Marc Almond and Heather Peace. Guests include Sir Ian McKellan.

Booking details on



Sat 9th May

Writing the Self, a participatory writing workshop on LGBT autobiography at London Metropolitan Archives. 11-3.30pm.  £10 only.


Weds 13th May

Writing the Journey, a writing workshop for refugees and asylum seekers

FREE    2-5pm at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London.

Contact to secure your place.

Thurs 21st May

Personal Lives – Personal Care, a presentational talk at SAND’s conference (Safe Ageing No Discrimination)

From 14:30 to 17:00 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Free event but booking essential. See

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

Rights of Passage by Clare Summerskill

You leave your own country in fear of your life because of your sexual orientation. You come to the UK to be free. But here you are – friendless, penniless, jobless, and scared to present yourself to the Home Office, in case they don’t believe that you’re gay – in case they send you back.

Artemis Theatre present a rehearsed play-reading of Clare Summerskill’s brand new verbatim play, based on interviews with LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. After the reading, there will be a Q&A session with the actors, the playwright, and members of London LGBT asylum groups.

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

Book at

Thursday 12th February

Gateway to Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History

Free talk and book signing: Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road, London SW15 2DR

6.30 – 8pm


Sunday 20th July

Broken Rainbow’s 10th Anniversary Dinner at Real Cafe de Paris, London.  30% discount for my fans

Hosted by the  Chris Fitchew featuring comedy from  Clare Summerskill and live performance from the  singer songwriter James Poole, plus much much more.

Monday 28th July, Belfast.

Clare will be performing her stand-up and songs at a cabaret evening as part of Belfast  Pride

Tuesday 29th July, Belfast.

Clare will be giving her talk, Staying Out Late, about older LGBT people and care in later life. Supported by Age UK and Belfast Pride.

Saturday 2nd August

Clare will be reading from her book Gateway To Heaven, in the Literature Tent as part of Brighton Pride.

Wednesday 24th September

Clare will be giving her talk, Staying Out Late, about older LGBT people and care in later life at Nottingham University as part of The Last Outing Project.

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;

Creative Positions in Adult Mental Health: Outside In-Inside Out    (The Systemic Thinking and Practice Series) Sue McNab (Author, Editor), Karen Partridge (Editor)    Published by KARNAC

 The chapter is called  Hearing Voices – Creating Theatre from Stories Told by Mental Health Service Users.   Do check it out ( if you’re so inclined) at :–Inside/dp/1780491921/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403000629&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Creative+Positions+in+Adult+Mental+Health%3A+Outside+In-Inside+Out%22+has+been+published+by+Karnac



Friday October 18th

Polari Mission Symposium @ The John Rylands Library.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 18th 6pm Clare will be a guest on Manchester’s Gaydio Radio

Monday October 21st

Gateway To Heaven Presentational Talk at The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester. 7-9pm

Monday November 4th

Clare will be a guest on QUEER DISCOX, OXIDE RADIO in OXFORD 7-9pm

Sunday 24th November

STAND UP WRITING WORKSHOP for Together! 2013 Disability History Month for disabled people. 2-4pm Stratford Circus.

Contact 07973 252751

Tuesday 3rd December

Clare will be one of the acts performing at Oval House in memory and celebration of the Director, Kate Crutchley. Other acts include Martha and Eve, Parker and Klein, The Hot Doris Band, and many more. This is going to be an amazing evening!

Tickets: £5.00     Box office: 020 7582 7680

Friday 6th December

Clare will be giving her presentational talk about the play Hearing Voices at Kent University.


Clare has written a book of memories from 46 older LGBT people called Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History, published by Tollington Press. Visit for orders and details about book readings and signings.


Well That Explains It! TOUR   March – May 2013

Let’s talk about Sex! Sexual Orientation! Relationships! Let’s talk about being Single, Married, being Bi, Gay, Lesbian, Straight and those who see themselves as just a little bit on the wonky side…  Everything you’ve ever wanted to know but were too afraid to ask … in case someone gave you a funny look.

All is finally explained and revealed in a fast-moving, song-singing, rip-roaring, costume-changing evening of comedy and music!

Fri 8th March             West Bromwich, as part of SHOUT Festival – The Public  –  Tickets: 0121 533 7161

Fri 22nd March         Enfield – The Dugdale Centre  – Tickets: 020 8807 7302   SOLD OUT!

Sun 24th March        Brighton – The Pavilion – Tickets: 01273 709709

Sat 6th April                Cambridge – Mumford Theatre -Tickets: 0845 196 2320

Tues 9th and Weds 10th April          Oxford Playhouse Studio – Tickets: 01865 305305 SOLD OUT!

Tues 16th then Thursday 18th – Sun 21st April     London  – Chelsea Theatre – Tickets: 020 7352 1967

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows at 7.30pm       Sunday 21st show at 4pm

Fri 26th April        Wolverhampton – Arena Theatre -Tickets: 01902 321 321

Fri 3rd May             Leicester – The Y Theatre – Tickets: 0116 255 7066

Sat 11th May            Poole – Lighthouse – Tickets: 0844 406 8666

Sun 19th May         Manchester – The Lowry – Tickets: 0843 208 6000

Fri 31st May            Penzance – The Acorn –  Tickets@ 01726 879 500 

Praise from audience members for Clare’s latest one woman stage show:

“Brilliant observational comedy.”

“I’ve been to all of Clare’s shows since 2003, and loved them all, but this is an absolute cracker – the best so far! The LGBT history segments are inspired.”

“What a perfect way Clare has of telling our history in a way that both entertains and educates. Fabulous!”

“If you haven’t met Clare Summerskill’s timeless classic character, Ange, now’s the time in this hilarious show.”

“Pathos and side-slapping humour in one great package. Loved it!”


 Hearing Voices:  a play and a film

Three extracts from the film version of HEARING VOICES by Clare Summerskill have been posted on YouTube:

Visit for further information about CLARE’s talks and the DVD version of the play and watch this page for updates. For booking inquiries about talks and screenings of HEARING VOICES contact


Vis a Visibility

Sunday 10th June 2012

Vis a Visibility is a community theatre production led by Clare Summerskill and produced in partnership with REGARD about the lives of disabled LGBT people. Performances are at 3pm and 7pm on Sunday 10th June at People Show Studios. PollardRow, London, E2 6NB. For FREE tickets e mail or call 07591 164906