WHEN I FALL IF I FALL
written and performed by Claire Dowie
directed and designed by Colin Watkeys
A dancer prepares to dance the can can one last time .....
What does she do when her body no longer moves
How does she feel when memory fails
When she could high kick and split with such ease
But now groans to get out of her chair.
When she remembers being 12 but not yesterday
When gender and sexuality were such a battle
But now she feels, at best, gender neutral
At worst, invisible. Looking at the ageing life
Physically, mentally and spiritually. Is it all bad?
Claire Dowie's When I Fall If I Fall tells the story of a Can Can dancer still dancing after so many years having grown up feeling different ... and not fitting in ...
When I Fall If I Fall was originally commissioned by the Kilowatt Festival in Sansepolcro July 2018
and subsequently played Teatri di Vita in Bologna in August and Teatro Magro in Mantova in 2019
Claire Dowie was commissioned to write Queen Lear for Nina's Drag Queens of Milan with music by Enrico Melozzi. The premiere was at Teatro Carcano in Milan in January 2019
Watch excerpts here:
And a link to "Strawberries" one of Claire Dowie and Enrico Melozzi's fabulous songs
Claire Dowie originally wrote the text in English but now there are both English and Italian versions of the show.
UPFRONT THEATRE by CLAIRE DOWIE
BOOK LAUNCH 15th May 2017 at BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE
A celebration of the longstanding collaboration between Claire Dowie and Stage2 Youth Theatre. The evening will feature extracts from three plays adapted by Stage2 director Liz Light for Stage2 from Claire Dowie's solo plays: Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? Arsehammers and The Year of the Monkey and one completely new play Hard Working Families which Claire Dowie wrote specifically for Stage2.
The wonderful Stage2 Youth Theatre premiered Hard Working Families by Claire Dowie at the Crescent Theatre Birmingham January 7th -
On May 4th Bloomsbury Methuen published the collection Upfront Theatre which includes Hard Working Families alongside three of Claire Dowie's plays revised for large casts by Liz Light & first performed by Stage2
Buy direct from Bloomsbury Publishing
also available on Amazon