Ugly Duck

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With director, Conrad Nelson, Deborah has founded a new theatre company based in The Potteries, called CLAYBODY THEATRE.

This new company’s inaugural production, UGLY DUCK, was performed as a site-specific piece at the BURSLEM SCHOOL OF ART  Wed 13 – Sat 16th November 2013. The play  then transferred to mac birmingham for performances in the FOYLE STUDIO as part of Capital Theatre Festival.

The play was recently remounted for the New Vic Theatre: 3rd  -13th September 2014.

Art and life and art…

Stoke bloke Dennis Hancock wouldn’t win any beauty competitions. A life long Port Vale fan, Dennis is rapidly decining in middle age and slowly sinking into the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

In desperation he answers an advertisement in the local paper for an artist’s Life model. But when troubled young artist, Kat Drosdzowski begins to paint him, Dennis finds himself exposed in more ways than one…

 ‘Breathlessly brilliant…’                                                             The Sentinel 

‘Finely crafted and packs an emotional punch.. ‘                 Native Monster

 ‘Poignant and funny…’                                                                Onevalefan



Directer       Conrad Nelson

Designers      Dawn Allsopp (2013) Sue Condie (2014)

Lighting         Jo Dawson

Artist            Rob Pointon                                                      

CAST:         Rachel Austin (Kat) Philip Wright (Dennis) James Masters (Mark) Susan Twist (Drina)

Production photographs by WatsOn Media                                                                                   



Meet the Drosdzowskis

Meet the Drosdzowskis




Kat and Dennis

Kat and Dennis




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