Clare Macnaughton – Juno Theatre
In 2009 Clare ghost wrote the battlefield memoir ‘Immediate Response’, in-conjunction with a serving Royal Marine, Major Mark Hammond. The book was published by Penguin and in the second week of sales entered The Sunday Times hardback non-fiction best seller list at number 9. In 2010 Clare started the blog A Modern Military Mother to help explain life from the other side of the British armed forces. Married to a Chinook pilot (deployed on several occasions to Afghanistan), and acutely aware of the many mis-conceptions about military life that still go almost entirely unchallenged, she felt it was time to set the record straight. The blog is the voice of a military wife and feminist struggling to reconcile these seemingly completely contradictory standpoints. It has been shortlisted in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2014. Clare was also one of just three English journalists writing and broadcasting on behalf of solo non-stop yacht race, Vendée Globe, 2012-13. In 2015, Clare made her theatre debut was at The Rondo Theatre, Bath performing her own monologue ‘Tales from the Domestic Frontline.’ She is a founding partner and committee member of Juno Theatre.
The Juno Theatre is a Salisbury based female theatre making group formed to produce and promote women’s writing and to provide a vehicle for women to be proactive in all aspects of theatre production. With approved Arts Council England funding we are now planning showcases of new work at Salisbury Arts Centre in 2016.
We are a new women’s theatre group and although based in Salisbury, Wiltshire we are reaching out to practitioners in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. We aim to bring together experienced female professionals to support women with less experience of working in theatre, and those new to the art form, particularly younger women, to create new, challenging women’s theatre. We aim to develop the skills and confidence of women writers and women theatre practitioners in an art form, where they are currently discriminated against.
The group’s vision and activities will fuel artistic development by:
- giving the company the opportunity to develop a strategic approach that embeds women’s writing for the theatre, women’s directing, design, stage management, lighting as exciting, different, challenging and worthy of the theatre-going public’s attention
- working in partnership with existing initiatives to develop new/original drama in the area
- bringing together women practitioners of all ages under one umbrella organisation for the area
- giving the group the space to support writers and theatre practitioners experimenting with form and content.
We want to raise the profile of women theatre practitioners in this geographical area; create role models for younger women to gain confidence and experience in theatre production, and develop exciting roles for female actors of all ages. The group’s work is challenging and experimental.