Clare Packham


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.

Public Program

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.

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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))

Key Projects

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

In The Studio

selected by

Hannah Fox, Director of Projects and Programmes at Derby Museum

Hannah began her career in the advertising and photography industries before focusing on working with non-profit organisations where she developed and delivered creative projects for education, culture, heritage, and health clients across the UK.

As Director of Projects and Programmes at Derby Museums, Hannah overseas exhibitions, collections, and learning programmes. She is passionate about arts and culture’s power to inspire curiosity and creativity. Hannah has led the vision and project delivery for Derby’s Silk Mill as the UK’s new £18m Museum of Making. The Museum of Making has been co-produced with communities and partners as citizen curators and makers in a fully participative approach that puts people and place at its heart. Hannah also leads the UK Creative Community Fellows programme – in partnership with USA-based NAS – bringing together artists, community organisers, administrators, and entrepreneurs from around the United Kingdom to explore new tools and frameworks driving physical or social transformations through arts and culture.