Clare Bayley is an award-winning playwright based in London. She writes for theatre, radio and film. Clare mentors playwriting students on the MA/MFA at Central School of Speech and Drama and teaches Creative Writing at Tisch/NYU in London and at London South Bank University. She is former theatre editor of The Independent.

Her plays have been performed in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, USA, Australia, Mexico and  Canada.

Clare is a Royal Literary Society Fellow, based at University of East London.


I’m very excited that After The Peace will receive its London premiere at RADA Festival, directed by Deborah Paige. First performance on Friday 28 June and then in rep until 6 July at the GBS Theatre, Malet Street. More info and booking here.

Family Trees – formerly named Elvers – will be seen at Bolton Octagon on 15 November 2019 in a rehearsed reading directed by Lotte Wakeham.

After The Peace – a new play set in London in the near future. An extract was performed at the Criterion New Writing Showcase on Friday 16 November 2018, directed by Michael Davies.

Elvers written while on attachment at Oxford Playhouse, was directed by Lotte Wakeham in a rehearsed reading at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough on 12 July, 2018. A story of love, lies and disobedient women. Details here.

Eel series Francesca Woodman

From Eel Series by Francesca Woodman

Playwriting: An Artists’ and Writers’ Companion, co-written with Fraser Grace, published by Bloomsbury, is available in bookshops. Or, order copies here.

Clare is part of The Plot, a group of playwrights including Nicola Baldwin, Darren Murphy, Abi Bown, Judith Johnson, Sudha Bhuchar, Neil D’Souza and Ade Solanke.

Twitter @BayleyClare

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 Main image above: Dominique Bull in Blue Sky, Pentabus Theatre

Author image by Felix Bayley-Higgins


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