Video: First listen to songs from new musical In Clay

New musical In Clay has released a first listen to songs from the show.

Based on the real life of Marie-Berthe Cazin and profiling female ceramicists, the new musical In Clay returns to the London stage at Upstairs at the Gatehouse this March.

A one woman show told from a quaint Parisian kitchen in the late 1930s, ceramicist Marie eagerly awaits her estranged childhood friend, and now celebrated artist, Henrietta Tirman.

As the imminent arrival of her old friend pushes Marie to reflect on her life, love and loss against the backdrop of the great joys and sorrows of a life devoted to making art, In Clay sculpts a story of an artist plagued by near misses, soundtracked by a vibrant gypsy-jazz score.

Penned by Rebecca Simmonds and Jack Miles, In Clay was first presented with a sell-out at VAULT Festival 2023 where it was nominated for Show of the Week and shortlisted for an Off-Fest Award. The song ‘Talent’ was also nominated for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize 2023. The show had a successful concert at The Other Palace on the main stage in August 2023.

Rosalind Ford (Once, UK Tour) will reprise her acclaimed performance as Marie Cazin, with Eleanor Walsh (Heathers, UK Tour) joining the cast as the alternate.

Writer and Lyricist Rebecca Simmonds said: “In Clay is a story about finding joy in the creative process and what a source of joy the show’s journey has been so far. We are delighted to be partnering with the team at Upstairs at the Gatehouse on its next stage of development and look forward to celebrating all things contemporary female and non-binary pottery with the accompanying exhibition. Expect pots to fly, friendships to fray and a night full to the brim with gypsy jazz!”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.