Following a five-star, sellout run in 2023 at the VAULT Festival, IN CLAY now comes Upstairs at the Gatehouse for a strictly limited run.
IN CLAY is a new one-woman musical based on a true story and told from a small Parisian suburban kitchen in the late 1930s.
Coloured vases and canvases litter the cramped space. A much-used and tired-looking foot-pedalled pottery wheel is visible to one side. Marie-Berthe Cazin, a 40-something ceramist, sits and eagerly awaits the arrival of Henrietta Tirman, her closest friend and a celebrated artist.
As Marie prepares for what promises to be a joyous evening ahead, she reminisces and is taken back to their first meeting as students. The chasm between who she was and who she is now prompted Marie to dream about what might have been.
IN CLAY fuses jazz manouche with contemporary musical theatre in a tale of unfulfilled potential, near misses, and the sheer joy of creating art.