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In Clay

2024 Festival

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Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Female): 1
Total Cast Size: 1
Orchestra Breakdown:

Acoustic upright piano, classical guitar, double bass, violin, jazz drum kit

Casting Notes:

MARIE-BERTHE CAZIN Playing Age: 30s – 40s Vocal Range: Mezzo; D3-F5 (Thick/Belt to D5) with option to transpose keys. Sings 11 songs in the show, which include jazz scatt singing and whistling. Accent: Authentic 1930s working class French or Parisian Character Description: Ceramicist, has devoted her life to making art but never quite made it in the way she always thought she would. Passionate, headstrong, wears her heart on her sleeve and is intensely vulnerable at key moments throughout the show. Witty and sarcastic at times. Requires strong comedic ability. Key Requirements: This is a one-hander that requires a high degree of stamina to perform. Must be a strong enough singer and actor to make the role truly compelling. Requires a very physical performance, including making a pot on stage. The actor will also be required to take on the personas of JEAN-CHARLES CAZIN, HENRIETTA TIRMAN, MICHAEL CAZIN, and various art critics.

Genre & Style:

Gypsy-jazz one-woman musical

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Based on a true story, In Clay is a one-woman musical told from a Parisian apartment in 1938. Ceramist Marie Cazin awaits her estranged childhood friend, and now celebrated artist, Henrietta Tirman. Her imminent arrival pushes Marie to reflect on the joys and sorrows of a life devoted to making art.

Development History

After workshops in late 2022, In Clay premiered with a sell-out run at VAULT Festival 2023, where it was nominated for Show of the Week and an Off-Fest Award. ‘Talent’ was also nominated for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize 2023. It played in concert at The Other Palace on the main stage in August 2023, and then ran from 13 March – 7 April 2024 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate. The run was a critical success, garnering 14 five-star reviews and 7 Off West End Award nominations, including Best New Musical and Best Musical Production.