Liz Clarke

I am a live artist who works in performance, writing, installation & intervention.

The Queen is Dead performance

The Queen is Dead performance

 I explore themes of identity, conformity and acceptance on a personal and societal level.  My work lurks at the boundaries of cabaret, theatre and live art with a healthy dose of artifice and ridiculousness.

My new project 'Liz Clarke is a Cyborg' fuses live art, feminist theory, neurology, pervasive media and dreamscapes to explore the notion the cyborg through an artistic and personal lens.

Liz Clarke & Company  supports all types of people to take supported risks in performance making, using my practice and processes as a springboard . The work often re-imagines familiar spaces and supports people to discover new perspectives of themselves and their worlds.

Recent Work

I’m Bitter About Glitter  A performance collaboration with my son exploring themes of identity, gender norms and asking big questions. Theatre show toured UK in 208/19 and documentary of the process launching autunm 2019; with associated family workshop programme for families.

MULCH! I offer bespoke advice services offering reflective sessions and mentoring for creatives situated in an inner city retreat based upon principles of Non Violent Communication and Time To Think

Cannonballista UK Tour. A one woman show starring my human cannonballing alter ego Betty Bruiser and myself! Cannonballista is an exploration into coping mechanisms, grief, sheds and explosives... Toured with an associated Programme of workshops for women with lived mental heatlh experience, including an embedded critics writing projects and devising masterclasses

RE: MAPPING   This two year project encompassed live art, sound, film & performance writing and culminated in interactive performances and media devised by groups with dementia and lived experience of mental health, informed by personal experience and library resources.

Published Articles & Bookworks

Performance Research: On Libraries. In this article I detail my socially engaged approach to working across three libraries over two years using live art, performance writing and audio with intergenerational groups; creating site responsive performance and texts.

 Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal. In this piece I reflect on my performance I Tattooed My Baby through the prism of ‘conformity’. Presented a talk & films about my work at the opening at LADA.

DIY Performance by Robert Daniels. A chapter about my inclusive practices and DIY approach in the context of making Cannonballista

Passport of the Imagination. This limited run bookwork was the result of Season Two of my RE:MAPPING project work in South Gloucestershire Libraries

The Compendium of Super Heroes and Alter Egos This was an integrated live art and performance writing project, for which I designed the concept, devised and facilitated an 18 month programme at the Arnolfini with my company Drastic Productions. Published by Tangent Books.