Women Make Notional Theatre


Release date: for immediate release

Clarissa has been a celebrity for as long as she can remember…

A3 Bleed Edge and A0 A1 (Chapter approved)

Clarissa! is the picaresque new play by Terry Victor which premieres at Chapter from 13th December. A witty and moving fusion of cinema, theatre and modern art, it charts the life and impact of one extraordinary woman from the beginning of talking-pictures to the London riots of 2011.

Clarissa!has attracted a creative team consisting almost entirely of females.

Says Creative Producer, Abbie Hirst:

“Events since the scandals of Hollywood came to light in 2017 have opened a floodgate; never has there been such demand for female voices and female stories to be heard. The strength of Terry’s writing has attracted a company of talented women freelancers all determined to bring to life the story of this particular female and how she fought her way to the top in an era where a woman was defined by her husband.

“Has anything really changed? Are we still in a world where young girls dream of becoming a footballer’s wife, a reality TV star, a Celebrity? Can women, especially women in the creative industries, really sit back in the fond hope that we have created a better future? Clarissa! looks at the life of one woman and through her eyes we can see how far we have come. We can see parallels in the lives of modern women through a darkly comic vision of the past.”

Starring Angharad Berrow ‘If you see Angharad Berrow in a cast or creative team, go and see that thing’ Cardiff TheatreReview.

Clarissa! runs from 13th – 15th December at 8pm with a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm. Both Saturday performances are BSL signed. For full information and booking details go to http://www.chapter.org.uk


Additional information for editors

For more information, photos and interviews contact:

Abbie Hirst, Creative Producer

mail@abbiehirst.co.uk, mobile 07873 624 959

Women involved in this production are:

Tamsin Griffiths – Physical Direction – is known as the ‘Mini Ninja.’ She has a background in gymnastics and circus skills and is a contemporary dancer and physical theatre performer. “I believe in work which connects with an audience, is real, with a purpose and meaning behind the movement.”

Abbie Hirst – Creative Producer – is a trained Actress (BAFTA Cymru nominated The Corpse Series) with a Double Masters in Business and Spanish. Combining these skills to bring impactful stories to an audience is what makes her tick.

Jane Lalljee– Lighting Director – Shortlisted for Best Lighting of Little Wolf at the Wales Theatre Awards 2018, Jane is ready for the challenges of lighting Clarissa!’s live performance against a cinematic backdrop.

Aisling Renton – Stage Manager – joins fresh from the WNO’s all female-production of Rhondda Rips It Up, La Traviata andWar And Peace.

Ruth Garnault – Marketing Consultant – is a freelance consultant working in arts, culture, heritage, 3rd sector, mostly in Wales.

Julie Doyle – BSL Signer – ‘Happily providing Freelance BSL/English Interpreting services for 20 years’

Emma Stevens-Johnson – Voice Coach – ‘….a long and distinguished career in vocal tuition for film, television and theatre.’

Notional Theatre mounts ‘occasional theatre.’ “When we have a notion, we make an occasion of it,” says writer-director Terry Victor.

 As well as a long career in theatre, Terry Victor is a regular contributor across the BBC network, including 5 Live’s Up All Night ‘Grammar Phone-In’. He is co-editor / compiler of major slang dictionaries: The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (Dalzell & Victor, Routledge 2005 & 2012) and A Dictionary of Rhyming Slangs (Lillo & Victor, De Gruyter Mouton, 2017)

This project has received support from Chapter and Lottery Funding through Arts Council Wales.

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