Clara Brennan

Clara is a playwright and TV drama writer.

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Clara is a playwright and TV drama writer.

As a playwright her 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 Takes The Wheel, I Feel A Song Coming On, Hi Vis and Spine.

In 2012, she was awarded the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award for her play The Vendor. In 2013, Clara was awarded the Channel 4 Screen-writing Prize and is working on an attachment with the Soho Theatre. 

For stage, she is working on a commission for the Drum Theatre, Plymouth and a full length version of her one woman play Spine premiered to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and then ran at Soho Theatre in October this year.  

She is working on various original projects for TV and Film. 

Praise for Clara's work:

"Brennan's writing is sharply observed, economic and tightly plotted... " (WhatsonStage)

"Drama of epic proportions" (Metro)

"Brennan's coming of age as a truly significant voice in modern theatre” (Broadway Baby)

She is also studying for a PhD and her thesis explores Empathy and the Performance of Human Rights.


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Creator and Writer
The Berserkers 2013
Tiger Aspect / Fifty Fathoms
In Development
Creator Clara Brennan
Writer Clara Brennan

NT Connections 2016
National Theatre
Writer Clara Brennan

Untitled 2014
Theatre Uncut
Producer Hannah Price
Writer Clara Brennan

One of five interlinked short plays

Royal Court
Director Richard Twyman
Writer Clara Brennan

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.

Spine 2014
Underbelly, Cowgate & Soho Theatre
Producer Francesca Moody
Director Bethany Pitts
Writer Clara Brennan
Starring Rosie Wyatt

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.

Hibernal 2014
Drum Theatre, Plymouth
Writer Clara Brennan

In development 

Udderbelly Cowgate
Writer Clara Brennan

A programme of short, politically engaged breakfast plays

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

Young Vic Theatre
Writer Clara Brennan

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. 

Anatomy of a Banker 2012

Writer Clara Brennan

Headlong/Old Red Lion Residency 

Monogram 2012
Cockpit Theatre
Writer Clara Brennan

Spine 2012
Traverse Theatre
Creator Clara Brennan
Writer Clara Brennan

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

The Vendor 2012

Writer Clara Brennan

Winner OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award 2012

Births, Marriages and Deaths 2011
Manor Farm
Director Gemma Kerr
Writer Clara Brennan

Hi Vis 2011
Southwark Playhouse
Director Amy Hodge
Writer Clara Brennan

Part of Theatre Uncut series

The Beserkers 2011

Writer Clara Brennan

Commissioned for The Drum and Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Shaw Theatre
Writer Clara Brennan

Manse 2010

Writer Clara Brennan

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

Portmanteau 2010
Soho Theatre Studio
Director Richard Riddell
Writer Clara Brennan

Part of Project Wednesday

Rain 2008
Hotbed Festival
Director Dan Sherer
Writer Clara Brennan

1001 Nights Cast 2007

Writer Clara Brennan

Series of web plays written for Barbara Campbell

Qissat 2007
Oval House Theatre
Writer Clara Brennan

Rehearsed reading

The Curator 2007
Soho Theatre Studio
Director Caroline Steinbeis
Writer Clara Brennan

Part of One Night Stand series

Ochre 2006
Arcola Theatre
Writer Clara Brennan

Part of the No Decor reading at the Arcola