‘…an important and challenging artist who seamlessly combines the power of cutting edge live art and contemporary feminist dialogues with unique writing and performing skills that harness the immediacy of stand up and the shock of new writing. ‘ – Marisa Carnesky, artist / director / teacher
Claudia Jefferies is a South Devon based Theatre Maker and Performer. Having trained in Performing Arts and Physical Theatre, she makes politicised theatre that combines character acting, live art and new writing. Her theatrical shows seek to take overlooked, over-tolerated examples of everyday hideousness and expose them with gaudy theatrical splendour. Claudia is an associate artist of Carneksy’s Finishing School .
In 2013, she devised and performed her first solo theatre show, Jewel, which was inspired by the phenomenon of child beauty pageants in the USA. Jewel aimed to critique this culture by pushing the physicality to a grotesque extreme and making it look like the giddy, nightmarish world that it is. It toured to Brighton and Edinburgh fringe festivals and was programmed by Battersea Arts Centre for their New to Edinburgh scheme. Jewel was nominated for a Fringe Guru One to Watch award following its debut at Brighton Fringe 2013.
In 2015, she began working on her second solo show, Syd and Sylvia , which did a full run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and toured to UK feminist theatre festivals in Spring 2018.
She started developing Stranger Danger, a new piece of Poetic text for performance about Outisders and the politics of ostracism in 2018. The text and performance has been developed periiodically since then with performances and residencies with Theatre Deli London and TR2, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Stranger Danger was due to be presented as a full length theatre performance in Spring / Summer 2020, but Covid 19 restrictions made this impossible. As a response, Claudia created a shortened version for film which can be viewed here
Claudia wrote and delivered Future Proof for Plymouth Fringe online 2020, which she intends to develop further across multiple media.
She has also previosuly written and performed surreal comedy sketches for film and audio as one half of comedy duo Killer and Gorilla.
Photograph at top of page by Jemima Yong