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.
Directed by Grace Taylor (SIX Associate Director, Stay Awake Jake), IN CLAY combines jazz manouche with contemporary musical theatre in a story of near misses, unfulfilled potential, and the joy of creating art.
Formed by writers Rebecca Simmonds (The House of Worth) and Jack Miles (St. Anne Comes Homes), Design & Canvas Co. is excited to present IN CLAY as part of an exciting wave of new British musicals.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work:
A Younger Theatre // 5 stars // "A marvel... the beginnings of a very exciting new age of theatre."
The Spy in the Stalls // 4 stars // "Music is most emphatically, the strongest weapon in Mr. Miles’ armoury; there are some terrific songs in this piece."
Everything Theatre // 4 stars // "I was humming all the way back to the tube afterwards... full of energy and good wit."
Cast & Creative Team Director: GRACE TAYLOR
Book/Lyrics: REBECCA SIMMONDS
Music/Lyrics: JACK MILES
Music Supervisor, Arrangements, Orchestrations: MATT HERBERT
Lighting Consultant: TOM TURNER
Other roles TBA