December 2012 – Comedien – Clare Summerskill

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“A Lesbian Victoria Wood” Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4
Clare Summerskill is a Lesbian Comedienne who performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to Gay audiences up and down the country. She brings “Dyke” humour to the forefront of alternative comedy.
“Clever and funny and far too close to the truth for comfort”Gay and Lesbian Arts Media
Clare also writes and performs her own stage shows which she has toured nationally, including “The Bootleg Clare Summerskill” and “Fantasy Heckler” and “Clare Summerskill- In No Particular Order” which she took to theatres such as The Lowry, Manchester; York Theatre Royal; Pavilion Theatre, Brighton; The Mumford, Cambridge; Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich; Tobacco Factory, Bristol; and The Cochrane, London.
“Unorthodox and Uninhibited”                  The Independent
Clare trained professionally as an actress and her acting credits include the part of Vi Petty in the West End musical “BUDDY”, which she played for two years. Her T.V. credits include LAZARUS AND DINGWALL,BBC2. BLUE PASTURES BBC2, THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW ITV.


As a writer Clare contributed to the last series of “Weekending” on BBC Radio 4. She wrote for the BBC Radio 2 women’s comedy sketch show “Heated Rollers”, and she both wrote for and appeared in the first ever pilot for a Lesbian and Gay sketch show on Radio 4,”So What If I Am?”. For theatre she has written several plays for the Reminiscence Theatre Company “Age Exchange”, all of which toured nationally and many plays for her own company, ARTEMIS, the last production being the acclaimed “Hearing Voices”. ( She has written for “Women And Theatre” in Birmingham and she also wrote the award winning Lesbian musical “An Evening With Katie’s Gang” which was produced at The Oval House, London.
“Engaging and Charming” Time Out
Clare’s theatre company, Artemis, was awarded a grant by The Arts Council to produce a play based on the memories of older lesbians and gay men entitled “GATEWAY TO HEAVEN”. This piece had a run at Oval House Theatre, London and then toured to twenty theatres around the country. It has since been made into a film commissioned by Age UK. Clare now has a book out called “Gateway to Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History”. (See )
“A refreshing brand of dyke humour”   The Pink Paper
Clare has also produced three albums to date. Her latest CD is entitled “Feels Like Coming Home” and consists of twelve original songs written and performed by herself and her band.
“One of the funniest women in the country”  What’s On
For further information visit Clare’s website:

Lnl Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?
Generosity of spirit

Your favourite qualities in a man?
When a man can ask a woman they don’t fancy questions about them and be interested in their replies, I find that worryingly refreshing.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
Kind eyes

Your main characteristic?
I’m quite a keen observer …

What draws you most to your friends?
Passion and originality of outlook, which often leads of originality of work.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
The predominance of male violence in this world, especially towards women.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
Jennifer Saunders, please.

Your idea of happiness?
Sipping a cocktail with my girlfriend and watching the sun go down behind Sappho’s Rock in Eressos, Lesbos – that would do for a start.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?

I actually enjoy writing if I can read it back at the end and think it’s half way decent.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
I’d quite like to be Ellen, just for a few weeks

Where would you most like to live?
In a large old farmhouse in the deepest depths of the English countryside.

Who is your favourite author?
Barbara Kingsolver

Who is your favourite poet?

John Keats

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Winnie The Pooh and Tigger – might be fun to hang out with them for a day

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and Lisbeth Salender from the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Your favourite painters?
Van Gogh and Csaba, (who just did a wonderful job on my sitting room ceiling)

Who is your favourite composer?

What is your favourite Film?     

Jean de Florette

Your favourite food?
Steak and chips. (Sorry it’s true)

Your favourite drink?
Baileys (True again).

Who do you most admire?
At the moment, Hilary Clinton for the work that she’s been doing internationally in advancing women’s rights.

What is your present state of mind?

A heck of lot better than it’s been in previous decades, and possibly previous lifetimes.

For what fault have you most toleration?

Intolerance – (I jest)

Your favourite motto?
Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.


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