Claire French


Multiple and simultaneous lines of thought that resonate in the meandering nature of performance processes. An ear toward vulnerability and claims to selfhood, attempting to interrogate some of the ethical problems within applied and social justice theatre.

I have a routine to prepare for change

This is a short autobiographical poem that I recently wrote as part of our storytelling process for my upcoming play Courage Songs. I have a routine to prepare for change. I turn on all the lamps in
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Migration and my songs of courage

For the past two years I have been slowly developing a new play that is inspired by the female-led migration story and told through a memoir of songs. Courage Songs has plagued all aspects of my
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Capturing courage

Since autumn, I have been quietly turning to an artistic practice that firmly situates my identity and value as an insider to the work. A yearning to locate my cultural stories and find the tools and
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Performing the languages we live

This blog post is a copy of its original publication on the Creative Multilingualism blog here ‘We breathe English, but we don’t live it’ says Dion Nkomo, educator at the University of Cape
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Celebrating the PhD, onwards ECR

Yesterday I experienced the PhD viva and left unscathed (!), enthusiastic about the nature of the PhD reviewing and examining process, and able to celebrate, for the very first time, my own prospects
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Podcasting with Visible Theatre

I was lucky enough to have access to enough equipment to cobble together some podcasts featuring the post-show panel discussions and artist talks that I led for Visible for their most recent
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All we need is space: Old Vic New Voices

This stunning rehearsal studio at Jerwood Studios in London was the beginning of some my key current practice as research inquiries regarding ethics and engagement in auto/biographical performance
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