CLAIR/OBSCUR is a theatre collective based in the Weald of Kent. Deborah Clair is a published playwright and theatre maker. Recent work includes A Necessary Woman (about suffragette Emily Davison’s census night protest in the House of Commons), Best Beloved (an audio play about Rudyard Kipling’s tragic visit to America in 1899) and S.O.E (which tells the story of two women of the WW2 Special Operations Executive – Vera Atkins’ and Noor Inayat Khan). CLAIR/OBSCUR’s latest piece is called Conception: Mary Shelley – the Making of a Monster. This piece is currently being developed to tour libraries, community spaces, art centres and other heritage venues with Gothic or Romantic ties.


“Our focus is to raise awareness of the stories of remarkable women in our region and beyond. Our name derives from the term chiaroscuro, a strong, self-conscious juxtaposition of light and shade which results in a stunning visual effect in a work of art.”