Book and Lyrics by Rebecca Simmonds
Music and Lyrics by Jack Miles
IN CLAY is a new one-woman musical told from a small kitchen in the suburbs of Paris, in the late 1930s. Coloured canvases and vases litter the space. A well-used foot-pedalled turntable is visible to one side.
Marie-Berthe Cazin, a ceramist in her late 40s, eagerly awaits the arrival of her closest friend, Henrietta Tirman, a celebrated artist. As Marie prepares for the joyous evening ahead of them, she is transported back to their first meeting as students. The chasm between who she was and who she is now prompts Marie to reminisce, and dream about what could have been.
Combining gypsy jazz with contemporary musical theatre, IN CLAY is a story of near misses and never quite living up to artistic potential.