Clara Brennan

Clara is a playwright and TV drama writer
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Biography

As a playwright, Clara's work has been performed at the Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, The Duke's Theatre, the Arcola Theatre and the Traverse Theatre, and her plays include Rain, Portmanteau, Monogram, Bud Take The Wheel, I Feel A Song Coming On and Hi Vis.

In 2012, she was awarded the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award for her play The Vendor and then in 2013, awarded the Channel 4 Screenwriting Prize and is working on attachment with the Soho Theatre.

For stage, her one woman play Spine premiered to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and then ran at Soho Theatre in October 2014 to brilliant reviews. Boa, her two hander starring Harriet Walter and Guy Paul is currently running at Trafalgar Studios.

She is also developing various TV and film projects.

Spine tingles with grim, brutal honesty, without ever recoiling from reality

Tim Bano
A Younger Theatre on Spine

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The Wing features an Alf Garnett father being tackled by his daughter, who has helped pay for her university education by getting her kit off. It is Brennan who pulls off the best dramatic visual surprise

Susannah Clapp
The Guardian on The Wing - Theatre Uncut

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an hour that reminds that we can change the world beginning with ourselves and our own community.

Lyn Gardner
The Guardian on Spine

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CV

Theatre

Writer

Producer Moya Productions
Director Hannah Price
Starring
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    A two-hander, which tells an acerbic, warm and honest account of a lifetime in love, will play in the intimate Trafalgar Studio 2 from 5 February to 7 March.

    Trafalgar Studios
     
     
    National Theatre
     
    Producer Hannah Price
     

    One of five interlinked short plays

    Theatre Uncut
     
     

    Live Lunch at the Royal Court - A season of new plays by up-and-coming writers will be performed live as lunchtime readings every Friday over 6 weeks.

    Royal Court
     
    Producer Francesca Moody
    Director Bethany Pitts
    Starring
  • Rosie Wyatt
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    An extended version of Clara's short play for Theatre Uncut in 2012, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 and ran at the Soho Theatre Oct 2014.

    Underbelly, Cowgate & Soho Theatre
     
     

    In development 

    Drum Theatre, Plymouth
     
     

    A programme of short, politically engaged breakfast plays

    Theatre Uncut won a Fringe First for the second year running in 2013

    Udderbelly Cowgate
     
     

    A London transfer from Edinburgh for the Fringe First winning compilation of plays to encourage debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives. 

    Young Vic Theatre
     
     

    Headlong/Old Red Lion Residency 

     
     
    Cockpit Theatre
     
    Creator Clara Brennan
     

    Written as part of 'Theatre Uncut' at The Young Vic

    Traverse Theatre
     
     

    Winner OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award 2012

     
    Director Gemma Kerr
     
    Manor Farm
     
    Director Amy Hodge
     

    Part of Theatre Uncut series

    Southwark Playhouse
     
     

    Commissioned for The Drum and Theatre Royal Plymouth

     
     

    A play for dance for the Royal Court Studio Group Writers Programme

     
    Director Richard Riddell
     

    Part of Project Wednesday

    Soho Theatre Studio
     
    Director Dan Sherer
     
    Hotbed Festival
     
     

    Series of web plays written for Barbara Campbell

     
     

    Rehearsed reading

    Oval House Theatre
     
    Director Caroline Steinbeis
     

    Part of One Night Stand series

    Soho Theatre Studio
     
     

    Part of the No Decor reading at the Arcola

    Arcola Theatre
     

    TV

    Creator & Writer

     
    Tiger Aspect / Fifty Fathoms
    In Development
     

    Writer

    Film

    Writer

    Director Sean Durkin
     

    Janis Joplin bioic co-written with writer and director Sean Durkin for Film 4

    Full Tilt Productions/Film 4
    In development