‘…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 London based Theatre Maker and Performer. Having trained in Performing Arts and Physical Theatre, she makes politicised solo theatre shows that combine character acting, live art and new writing. Her work is feminist and concerned with gender as performance. Her 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 .
She also writes and performs surreal comedy sketches for film and audio as one half of comedy duo Killer and Gorilla.
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 will tour UK feminist theatre festivals in Spring 2018.
Photograph at top of page by Jemima Yong