Clare is a performance artist, director and writer, specialising in experimental post-dramatic theatre and new musical theatre. Having lived in Horsham since she was born, she has directed numerous theatrical performances in the town. She recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a First Class Honours Theatre & Performance degree. Clare is co-founder of the artist collective PINCHY theatre, and the feminist zine PEACHY CLEAN ZINE ((dirty)). She is most interested in art that lives between mediums, and experiments with the possibilities of liveness and co-presence.
Previous work includes: writing musical theatre such as Killing Time in Darkminster (A Young-Person’s Guide) is currently in the final of BYMT’s New Music Theatre Award. She directed Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play in Bristol’s Loco Klub (a disused train tunnel) and she is currently developing a binaural audio experience based on the life of Edith Craig, accompanied by a graphic score.
If you like to know more about Clare's practice please contact her directly:
"As a graduate of 2020 Hypha Studios have been invaluable to developing my creative practice. I have met so many people and organisations I otherwise wouldn't have found, and right on my doorstep. I'm now connected to photographers, charities, artists, creatives and performers all in my hometown.
This opportunity enabled me to materialise 8 live events, run 2 open rehearsals and an R&D, create an audio dream walk which will be available to the public forever, shoot 2 short films, record an album of musical theatre demos, have a creative mentorship session, and fill an amazing three-story disused space with art installations. Alongside this, I was supported with artistic and logistical guidance, which will influence the next steps in my career"
Eddie's art includes performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture, sound and installation. It has tended to take the form of non-linear, immersive exhibitions, usually presented as a web of incongruously and yet inextricably connected discrete objects. One of its foci is the implicit drama within relationships between people, whether they are familial, professional, romantic, sexual or social, and how desire, sexuality, socio-political and cultural constructs, as well as psychological states such as depression impact on them. Peake also DJs under a pseudonym and runs a record label imprint called Hymn.
Born in London in 1981, Eddie Peake has lived in Jerusalem, Rome and London. Having graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2006, Peake undertook a residency at the British School at Rome from 2008 to 2009, and in 2013 graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London.
Photo credit Jack Peñate
Hypha Studios hosted creative: emerging Director Clare Packham has a 1-2-1 with Michelle Payne, a director and playwright from Essex - recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse.
A dream walk for Horsham Town Centre by Clare Packham
_DREAMS_ was born after discovering her late grandfather had written down his dreams. Clare started to record her own dreams after waking, and she sought to find correlations between our dream worlds. As part of the audio tour, you will hear about dreams she has had, dreams her father and grandad have had, and dreams the people of Horsham have had. Clare is interested in intergenerational dreaming, and how we dream about people who are no longer with us and the impact the pandemic has had on our unconscious
_DREAMS_ is accompanied by music composed by Fintan Kealy. After you've experienced the walk, Clare invites the public to come and visit her in 20 West Street, as she wants to continue her research and wants to learn about your own dream world.
29th May - Killing Time in Darkminster (A Young-Person's Guide) Open rehearsal 9am - 9pm
Clare will be rehearsing her play Killing Time in Darkminster (A Young-Person's Guide) with her collaborators Fintan Kealey and Andrew Simpson. This "open rehearsal" which the people of Horsham can wander in and engage with, will be live streamed and filmed.
29th May - SHENANIGAN! Process streamed live - from 9pm
Shenanigan is a performance experiment by Andy Simpson and Clare Packham. From 9pm on the 29th May they will be devising an entirely new show.
30th May - SHENANIGAN! Performance from 2pm
The writing process from the day before will be live streamed, and the pair will be taking calls from the public to advise them. Nothing will be pre-planned; all will be spontaneous. The performance could end up being anything, but knowing Clare and Andy it’ll likely be a bit clowny, a bit silly, and a bit arty. Disclaimer: pints may or may not be included.
University of Bristol Theatre & Performance Studies BA First Class Honours
2019-present Co-founder and Core Collaborator: PINCHY theatre
2018-present Board Director Sussex Arts Academy
2019-2020 Assistant Director | Facilitator | FOH Tobacco Factory Theatres
2020-present Editor | Submissions Coordinator | Writer Peachy Clean Zine ((dirty))
Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play Director | The Loco Klub | Bristol
Lube & Learn (in development with PINCHY theatre) Writer & Performer
89 Nights, an original musical Co-librettist The Other Palace, London | C Venues, Edinburgh Fringe
Mr McFace and his Suitcase Lyricist and Facilitator | Musical in a Day workshop for KS2
Too Much Liberty Director | Wickham Theatre | Bristol
The Tempest (Horsham Festival) Director | Horsham Human Nature Garden | West Sussex
Perennials Director | Wickham Theatre | Bristol
Authentic Connection Director | The Room Above, Bristol
I, Monster Co-writer | In development with PINCHY theatre
Killing Time in Darkminster (A Young-Person's Guide) Co-librettist | Currently in development