Clare has a particular interest in bringing the stories of real characters from history onto the stage. McCaldin Arts undertakes music theatre projects to revisit the lives and work of colourful and sometimes marginalised characters from the past, so that we might see their character and contribution brought to life.

These are the projects that McCaldin Arts has produced or is preparing:

  • Mary’s Hand (2018) A monodrama on the life of Queen Mary I
  • Poly-Olbion – the Lay of the Land (tbc – in preparation) Michael Drayton’s seventeenth-century text, reworked for female voice and interweaved with a contemporary spoken word piece for performance poet
  • Over My Shoulder (2017) Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner (piano) narrate the stories of Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews and sing their most popular music
  • Vivienne (2013) A monodrama on the life of TS Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Vivienne is available on CD via Champs Hill Records
  • Haydn’s London Ladies (2014) Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner (piano) narrate the story of Haydn’s visits to London and the women he encountered there in the 1790s
  • A Voice Of One Delight (2012) A monodrama in which Jane Williams reflects on the maritime death & cremation of Percy Bysshe Shelley