Rachael Clerke is an artist who wants to make work that makes people swear.

is a multi-disciplinary artist primarily concerned with making performance.

has created work in and about Istanbul, Devon, Scotland and Cornwall.

is one half of Clerke and Joy with Josephine Joy.

is a member of Interval, an artist-led support network and space based at The Parlour in Bristol.

is a post-Scottish artist who is single handedly responsible for bringing down Ranger's football club.

graduated from Dartington College of Arts/University College Falmouth in 2012 with a first class degree in Theatre & Textual Practices.

's work has been described as "Humorous, fearless, political and challenging"

once received a 'review' that read simply "Performance art? Either learn to paint or sculpt or fuck off."

sometimes designs and builds websites for friends or for money, including this one and this one.


Making & Performing

Volcano (Clerke and Joy, 2012-13)
Rachael Clerke's Debating Society (5 minute one-on-one performance - part of Buzzcut's 5 Minutes to Move Me, Hunt & Darton Cafe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2012)
How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot through the Medium of Braveheart (performance lecture, 2012)
Oh My God - I'm Scottish too!!
(independent performance research project, 2011)
Ben Geldim Gidiyorum (Chasing the Green Man) (studio theatre, touring, 2011)
(site responsive bus tour, 2010)
The Gogglettes
(cabaret, touring, 2010+)
(studio performance with live band, 2009-10)
Don’t Play (now) (one-on-one site specific performances with pianists, 2009)



Run! City! Run! (CLUSTER BOMB [collective], ]performance s p a c e [, London, 2012)
Un-still Life (Josephine Joy for Bombshell Festival, The Poly Falmouth, 2012)
Soles (Dartington College of Arts, 2010)
Beth in Vowel Play (DCA / NSDF, 2008-09)
Hedda in Hedda Gabler (Adam Smith College, 2008)
Danielle in The Invisible Man (Benchtours Productions, 2006)
Chorus, Project Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland, 2006)
Young Lorna in Mayhem (Benchtours Productions, 2005)
Chorus, Peer Gynt (Benchtours Productions, 2004)
Annie, The Leith Big Shop (Leith Festival, 2004)



Film Crew and performer, Byzantine City Wall, Istanbul (Minou Polleros/Anthony Askew, 2010)
Iasmina, Iasmina (Eva Pervolovici, 2007)



BA (hons) Theatre with Textual Practices, Dartington College of Arts/University College Falmouth, first class (2008 – 2012)
BA Acting, Kadir Has Üniversitesi, İstanbul (Erasmus student, 2010 – 2011)
Physical Theatre and Clowning workshop, Kasia Zaremba-Bynre/NIE Theatre (Sept. 2008)
HNC Acting and Performance, Adam Smith College, Fife (2007 – 2008)
Foundation Summer School, Scottish Youth Theatre (2004)
Company, Gateway Youth Theatre, Edinburgh (2002 – 2005)



Programmer, Underbelly Cow Cafe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2012)
Graphic Design & Co-curator, LIVEDART Festival, University College Falmouth (2012)
Organiser, Concourse Festival, University College Falmouth (2012)
Curator, Concourse Festival, Dartington College of Arts (2010)
Installation artist – collaboration with Philip Crewe, End of the Road Festival, Dorset (2010)
Installation artist – collaboration with Philip Crewe, Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire (2010)
Selected Show Vowel Play, National Student Drama Festival, Scarborough (2009)
Selected Show The Dangers of Modern Society, In the Flesh Festival, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (2008)
Performer, The Leith Big Shop, Leith Festival (2004)


Awards, Funding and Bursaries

Arts Council England 'Grants for the Arts' funding for research and development Volcano (Clerke and Joy, 2013)
Roddick Foundation commission from The Basement, Brighton for Volcano (Clerke and Joy, 2013)
Shortlisted for the IdeasTap Edinburgh Fund for Ben Geldim Gidiyorum (2011)
Peter Kirk European Travel Scholarship
, European Cabaret Culture in the 21st Century (2009)
Highly Commended for Best Ensemble at NSDF09, Vowel Play (2009)


Other Experience

Creative Intern, Donmar Warehouse theatre, London (2011)
Judge for the Scottish Arts Club & Edinburghguide.com prize for contribution to Scottish theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe (2011)
General Assistant, HOME East Lothian, National Theatre of Scotland (2006)
General Assistant (placement), Visible Fictions Theatre Company, Glasgow (2006)
Work Placement, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Musselburgh (2005)

© Rachael Clerke 2011-2014

you can download a copy of Rachael's CV here

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