Clara Brennan

Writer for screen and stage

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Clara is a writer for screen and stage.

She has penned a Janis Joplin biopic feature for Film 4 and is adapting Saint Mazie for TV with Fable Pictures. 

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. Her critically acclaimed play Spine, which was a Fringe First winner in 2014 and winner of the Herald Angel Award, is produced by Foolscap in association with Soho Theatre.

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

Tim Bano
A Younger Theatre on Spine

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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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Director Sean Durkin
  • Michelle Williams

    Janis Joplin biopic. In development with director Sean Durkin for Film 4

    Full Tilt Productions/Film 4
    In development



    Producer Faye Ward and Helena Bonham Carter
  • Helena Bonham Carter

    TV adaptation of Jami Attenberg's novel

    Fable Pictures



    Producer Francesca Moody
    Director Bethany Pitts
  • Rosie Wyatt

    A one-woman play; Spine charts the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Playing in London and touring the UK.

    Soho Theatre
    Producer Moya Productions
    Director Hannah Price

    A two-hander which tells an acerbic, warm and honest account of a lifetime in love

    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

    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

    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