The show will play five performances from 24 - 28 January 2023 at the Cage, The Vaults, as part of VAULT Festival 2023.

After successful workshop performances at The Other Palace Studio and New Wimbledon Theatre Studio earlier this year, Design & Canvas Co. are excited to present IN CLAY as part of an exciting wave of new British musicals.

Directed by Grace Taylor (SIX Associate Director), IN CLAY combines jazz manouche with contemporary musical theatre in a story of near misses, unfulfilled potential, and the joy of creating art.

IN CLAY has a book and lyrics written by Rebecca Simmonds (The House of Worth), with music and lyrics by Jack Miles (St. Anne Comes Home). Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements are overseen by Matt Herbert (We Will Rock You, Only Fools and Horses Associate Conductor).


Starring Rosalind Ford (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and based on a true story, 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 pottery wheel is visible to one side. Marie-Berthe Cazin, a ceramist in her early 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.


Design & Canvas Co. are thrilled to present IN CLAY in the opening week of VAULT Festival 2023. All performances at VAULT Festival will be at 6:35pm, with the Saturday performance at 6:05pm.



as Marie-Berthe Cazin


Tickets from £13.50 plus fees

For more info about the festival, click here.