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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swipe-right-tickets-32228553…
LGBT HISTORY MONTH
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 www.cliffordevents.co.uk/LGBTHM
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
by CLARE SUMMERSKILL
PERFORMED BY CLARE SUMMERSKILL AND ARTEMIS THEATRE COMPANY
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
TOUR DATES 2016
Weds 11th – Sat 14th May LONDON CHELSEA THEATRE 0207 352 1967 www.chelseatheatre.org.uk
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.
Tues 17th May HUDDERSFIELD LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE 01484 430528 www.thelbt.org
Thurs 19th May LEICESTER THE Y, LEICESTER 0116 255 7066 www.ytheatre.co.uk
Tues 24th – Wed 25th May NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE PETER SARAH THEATRE, NEWCASTLE COLLEGE
Fri 27th – Sat 28th May WOLVERHAMPTON ARENA THEATRE 01902 321 321 arena.wlv.ac.uk
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 www.cliffordevents.co.uk
Sat 4th June SALFORD THE LOWRY 0843 208 6010 thelowry.com/studio
Thurs 9th – Fri 10th June STOKE NEW VIC THEATRE, 01782 717 962 www.newvictheatre.org.uk
Tues 14th June ENFIELD DUGDALE CENTRE 020 8807 6680 www.dugdalecentre.co.uk
Wed 15th June NORWICH THE GARAGE 01603 598646 www.thegarage.org.uk
Fri 17th June LIVERPOOL UNITY THEATRE 0151 709 4988 www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
All inquiries to: Debbie at email@example.com
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 www.petertatchellfoundation.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/personal-lives-personal-care-tickets-16162211610
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
Book at www.oxfordhouse.co.uk
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 http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/claresummerskill
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 : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Positions-Mental-Health–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
A SELECTION OF 2013 EVENTS
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.
NEW BOOK and WEBSITE www.gatewaytoheaven.co.uk
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 www.gatewaytoheaven.co.uk 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 22nd March Enfield – The Dugdale Centre – Tickets: 020 8807 7302 www.dugdalecentre.co.uk SOLD OUT!
Sun 24th March Brighton – The Pavilion – Tickets: 01273 709709 www.brightondome.org
Sat 6th April Cambridge – Mumford Theatre -Tickets: 0845 196 2320 www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre
Tues 9th and Weds 10th April Oxford Playhouse Studio – Tickets: 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com SOLD OUT!
Tues 16th then Thursday 18th – Sun 21st April London – Chelsea Theatre – Tickets: 020 7352 1967 www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/well-that-explains-it
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows at 7.30pm Sunday 21st show at 4pm
Fri 26th April Wolverhampton – Arena Theatre -Tickets: 01902 321 321 www.arenatheatre.info
Fri 3rd May Leicester – The Y Theatre – Tickets: 0116 255 7066 http://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/y-theatre-whats-on-details.php?listing=1219
Sat 11th May Poole – Lighthouse – Tickets: 0844 406 8666 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Sun 19th May Manchester – The Lowry – Tickets: 0843 208 6000 www.thelowry.com
Fri 31st May Penzance – The Acorn – Tickets@ 01726 879 500 www.theacornpenzance.com
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 www.hearingvoicesplay.co.uk 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07591 164906