(October 6, 1961 - living) U.K.
Clare is the twin sister of gay activist Ben Summerskill. As a Lesbian Comedienne, Clare performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to mainly Gay and Lesbian audiences up and down the country and has even been known to make straight people enjoy her shows. She brings "Dyke" humour to the forefront of alternative comedy.
As a writer Clare has worked for many years in theatre and for radio and has just had her first book published. "We're The Girls" is a collection of her comedy monologues, favourite song lyrics and a few short stories. This book is beautifully illustrated by the lesbian cartoonist Kate Charlesworth. Sarah Waters has said of Clare's writing that it is: "Smart, witty, and with an eye for the sometimes poignant detail of everyday life." Clare has also had two short stories published and she also runs comedy writing workshops.
Clare has her own professional theatre company, Artemis Theatre Company. The company performs theatre to audiences who are often excluded by main stream commercial productions. Last year Artemis performed a sell out National Tour of the play Gateway To Heaven by Clare Summerskill. A piece based entirely on the memories of older lesbians and gay men. This play was commissioned by Age Concern to be made into a film.