DRUMS IN THE NIGHT DIRECTOR, CLAIRE MORLEY, FEATURES IN SCRIPT YORKSHIRE’S ‘SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERS’ SLOT
SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERS – CLAIRE MORLEY
I’m Claire Morley and I act, write and direct. I’m from York but I disappeared off for a few years to study German and then came back to complete an MA in Theatre and to work as Associate Director on TakeOver Festival 2013.
Acting and directing were my passions at university, and they still are, but last year I rediscovered my love of writing and I am very grateful to Script Yorkshire and Script Factor in particular for giving me a channel to see my work performed. My first script Butter Side Up won its heat, and then Going Up, came runner up in the final. This spurred me on to set up the theatre company Bird on Head (@birdonhead) and to take Butter Side Up to the NEXUS festival in Leeds. My next script Blu has just won the January heat of Script Factor and will also be performed at a local festival in the summer. My writing is normally about massive issues but shown in everyday conversations and, I hope, with humour! I’m really interested in exploring different avenues with script-writing, whether that be for theatre, TV or radio.
Currently I am spending most of my spare time directing Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht for York Settlement Community Players from 30th April – 2nd May at Friargate Theatre. On my return to York, I performed with the company twice, as Lois Relph in The Stepmother and in The York Mystery Plays, and I am really enjoying directing for them. Drums in the Night has allowed me to combine my love of all things German and Theatre and it is a pleasure to be working with such a talented cast and team. Drums in the Night focuses on a POW returning to Berlin after the First World War to find the city and his personal life in chaos. It is gutsy and crude as well as being poetic and romantic and I hope to see some of you there. http://ridinglights.org/drums-in-the-night/
Photo © Michael J Oakes
Claire Morley as Lois Relph in YSCP’s production of ‘The Stepmother’ by Githa Sowerby. York Theatre Royal, March 2014.