A Christmas Carol – Twelfth Night

Bring your Yuletide celebrations to a close with festive fare, and a joyful sung version of Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol. Join us this Twelfth Night at Potbank Café, Spode Works.

With words by Claybody’s Deborah McAndrew and Music by Ashley Thompson of The Phoenix Singers, Leek. A Christmas Carol sees Dickens’ classic tale retold through song without narration.

Tickets cost £15.00 including ‘bowl’ food and are available online and from Potbank Café.



Huge thanks to our wonderful Cast, Community Company, FOH, and Crew who made Dirty Laundry a sell-out success!

Also – grateful thanks to Michael Escolme and his team at Spode Visitors Centre, and Amanda and Paula at Barewall for all their help selling tickets.

And a big thank you to Alan Shenton at Spode, and Roger and all the team at Open Door food bank for making our time on site run as smoothly as possible.

Finally – thanks to our audience for all your support and lovely feedback.

Watch this space for news of our next adventure in the Potteries…



REVIEWS for Dirty Laundry

**** The Stage

‘Gripping…’         ‘Brilliantly acted…’              ‘Skilful writing…’

**** At The Theatre

‘Stoke is lucky to have this site-specific piece… if it is possible for you to visit, you will not be disappointed.’

*** The Observer

‘Under Conrad Nelson’s clear direction, Rosie Abraham’s Nora and Angela Bain’s Frances are powerful linchpin characters in this atmospheric drama.’

Bum On A Seat

‘Thought-provoking, intriguing and rich with humanity’

The Sentinel

‘Colourful, funny, dramatic and asks some tough questions about environmental issues still relevant today.’


by Andrew Billington



by Andrew Billington

We’ve had a wonderful time rehearsing at Emma Bridgewater Factory. Huge thanks to Emma, Steph Woodhouse, and all the lovely staff who looked after us and made us feel so welcome (especially the cafe staff!)

We’ve now moved to our performance space in Spode Works, where we open next Wednesday 11th October. You can book your tickets on this page (see above) or buy in person at Barewall Gallery Burslem, or at Spode Works Visitor Centre, Stoke.



Here’s Deb – talking about the play, her process and how Stoke-on-Trent continues to inspire her…

And here’s Con – taking us through the Spode Works site, and our plans for a special journey through the 1950s to the performance space…


Coming this Autumn…


DIRTY LAUNDRY by Deborah McAndrew

Reuben Moth is dying…

His daughter, Nora, does her best to keep him clean and comfortable, but Stoke-on-Trent in the 1950s is not a clean or comfortable place – and Rueben Moth is not at peace.

In his final fever he calls out the name Emeline time and again. Nora wonders who this mystery woman could be. And why is Reuben suddenly receiving important visitors?
What secret have they all been keeping for almost twenty years? And why must it never come to light?
Directed by Conrad Nelson
Designed by Dawn Allsopp
Lighting Design by John Slevin
11 – 21 OCTOBER 2017

TICKETS – on sale soon. Watch this space…


Thursday 19 October  1.30pm.

Email Helen at claybodytheatre@gmail.com for details.

There are opportunities to be part of our production of Dirty Laundry. See below for details, and how you can sign up…


Decking the Halls!

A few pics of our day preparing and performing A Christmas Carol Cantata by Deborah McAndrew and Ashley Thompson.

Thanks to Sarah at the Wedgwood Institute for having us. The building really came to life thanks to our lighting designer, John Slevin.

Huge showbiz shout of thanks to all our amazing singers and musicians, producer Helen, and our wonderful audience.

God bless us everyone!



Wrap up warm!

Advice for any of you lucky enough to get tickets for our Christmas Carol Cantata at the Wedgwood Institute this Sunday. It’s a beautiful, historic building, but it doesn’t have 21st century heating, so please wrap up. Good job there’ll be a drop of mulled wine to keep us warm! See you there.

A Christmas treat

Claybody Theatre presents A Christmas Carol Cantata by Deborah McAndrew and Ashley Thompson. A through-sung version of Dickens’ classic novel.

Conrad and Deborah will both be singing in this festive treat. A lovely way to start the Christmas season!


The Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem.

Sunday 20th November at 5.30pm

Tickets available at Barewall Gallery, Burslem – 01782 258843

Limited number of tickets at just £5 – so get in quick!



A new face on the Claybody team

We are delighted to have recently been joined by Helen Slevin who will be acting as Producer for Claybody.

14192076_1254830171193771_1683892922790941840_nHelen comes to us after seven years working for the New Vic Theatre. As well as being a member of the New Vic’s Stage Management team, Helen also produced their Hoard Festival – a large-scale event made up of 21 new pieces of work all taking the Staffordshire Hoard as their inspiration.

Helen says ‘I am extremely happy to be working as Producer for Claybody Theatre. Deborah and Conrad’s passion for a well told story, and Stoke-on-Trent, shines through in all their Claybody work and I am really looking forward to helping facilitate the exciting and ambitious projects Claybody have in the pipeline.’

Welcome Helen!


Still cooking…


We are currently in the process of researching and developing a new site-specific drama at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent.

This project has included consulting with creatives and technicians, developing a script and working with actors on site.

Here’s a short documentary film about the research and development stage of this project:

And here’s a theatrical trailer for the future drama:

More soon on this exciting new project…