ABOUT

Photograph by Sheila Burnett

“Angela Clerkin is Shatteringly Brilliant” The Stage for Third Finger Left Hand.

 Background

Many moons ago Angela co-founded Irish dance/comedy group The Hairy Marys with her sister Maire, they toured comedy clubs and Irish festivals around the UK, including many benefits for the Miners Strike, Womens Aid, Troops Out, Gay Pride etc. They also supported The Pogues at Brixton Academy. The Clerkins performed as The Smarmy Old Sods on Richard & Judy, The Science of Irish Dancing at Lillian Baylis Theatre, and Remains To Be Seen (Hen & Chickens & various fringe theatres).

 She has since worked with many fantastic people and theatre companies including: Rose English, Neil Bartlett, Bryony Lavery, April de Angelis, Julia Bardsley, Simon Vincenzi, Richard Jones, Neil Murray, Alan Lyddiard, Rae Smith, Dickie Beau, Jim Sweeney, Neil Mullarkey, Katie Mitchell, Linda Marlow, Rosalind Knight, Monstrous Regiment, Scarlet Theatre, Improbable, Chris Goode & Co, Duckie, Shunt, Coney and many more.

“Angela Clerkin is at her most ghastly and also most funny” Independent on Season’s Greetings at Liverpool Playhouse.

 Angela is an actor, writer and theatre maker. As an Associate Artist with Improbable she performed in Panic, Lifegame, Animo, Cinderella and co-produced The Bear. Angela is also an Associate Artist with Chris Goode & Co, appearing in Monkey Bars (Fringe First, Traverse, Unicorn & UK tour) & Godhead (Ovalhouse) and OpenHouse (Bristol Mayfest). Acting credits include productions at the Barbican, Sydney Opera House, National Theatre, Edinburgh Lyceum, Young Vic, Lyric, ICA, Northern Stage, BAC, The Yard, Liverpool Playhouse, Plymouth drum, Almeida, WYP, Old Vic. TV includes: Humans, Holby City, Dean Spanley, Dalziel & Pascoe, EastEnders, My Family, Sugar Rush, The Office (series 1). Writing: Angela’s play Bem-Vindo Estranho is touring theatres in Brazil 2013-15 starring the queen of soaps, Regina Duarte. She has short stories published by Limehouse Books in East and Men & Women and most recently in L is For. Currently she is writing The Secret Keeper.

“A truly remarkable scene in which the guest, Sister Angela, imagines what it will be like when she passes away. The purity of the vision, the sensitivity of the performance and the power of the scene virtually immediately translated into a standing ovation. Angela Clerkin was quite uncanny as the nun, an astonishing performance.” The Blurb review of Improbable’s Lifegame at the Brisbane Festival.

Other jobs have included being a solicitors clerk (attending trials/prison visits/police station interviews), compliance officer on Big Brother and Ceilidh Calling at many Irish events. Angela lives in Greenwich with her girlfriend, has 99 medals for Irish dancing and in a promo for the Terrance Higgins Trust she played The Condom Fairy.

National Theatre Studio Workshop directed by Dickie Beau photo by Slav Kirichok

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