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The Clearing - Stellar Quines
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The Clearing

By: Helen Edmundson

Black and white image from The Clearing showing a close up of a woman and a man's faces. They are looking at each other and the woman has her hands on the man's face
Image by Warren Sanders

The Clearing

By: Helen Edmundson

Directed by: Muriel Romanes

A powerful love story, set in a small Irish farming community against the epic backdrop of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Ireland, The Clearing has tremendous modern resonance and explores our sense of national identity and humanity.

Set in 1652, The Clearing is set against the implementation of England’s most vicious design to solve its “Irish Question” by the eradication of the entire Irish Nation.

"Edmundson’s writing is passionate, poetic and muscular… she is doing for 17th century Anglo-Irish history what Arthur Miller did for 17th century New England history in The Crucible... The result is gripping, the story is powerfully told."

by Sunday Times

"This is a hugely impressive ensemble production of an important play which should be seen at all costs"

by The Scotsman

Cast

  • George Drennan

    Performer

  • Kern Falconer

    Performer

  • Janette Foggo

    Performer

  • Bernard Horsfall

    Performer

  • Hugh Lee

    Performer

  • Veronica Leer

    Performer

  • Helen Lomax

    Performer

  • Rory Murray

    Performer

  • Rory Casey

    Performer

  • Jack McGowan

    Performer

  • Gareth Thomas

    Performer

Creative Team

  • Helen Edmundson

    Writer

  • Muriel Romanes

    Director

  • Jan Bee Brown

    Designer

  • Nicki Bruce

    Design Assistant

  • Morag Ballantyne

    Producer

  • Ace McCarron

    Lighting Designer

  • Kern Falconer

    Musical Director

  • Jo Cameron Brown

    Dialect Coach

About The Show

First produced by the Bush Theatre, London, in 1993 The Clearing won the John Whiting Award and the Time Out Theatre Award. Stellar Quines was awarded funding by the Scottish Arts Council and Barclays Bank Stage Partners to remount its successful 1998 production, taking it to a wider audience. In 1999 The Clearing toured Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Liverpool – the first time Stellar Quines toured outside Scotland.

Tour History