Ruby Clarke



Ruby Clarke is a writer/director based in York. Since completing her MA in Writing, Directing and Performance she has worked on many performances including The York Mystery Plays 2012, The Guinea Pig Club and the 2013 Waggon Plays as well as shorter Fringe pieces around York and festivals.

As Artistic Director of TakeOver Festival 2013 at York Theatre Royal she delivered two showcase evenings of new work, The Imaginarium and Night of the Barghest, the latter involving an interactive, immersive theatre experience. She also directed Quicksand, a new play to mark the ten year anniversary of the Gulf War, and Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat in the York Theatre Royal Studio.

She is the 2013 Script Factor Final Winner for her piece Home, where two astronauts on a fatal mission look back over the joys of life on Earth. Her first full length play, Border Line, will be produced in the spring of next year.

  • SAM: Listen to your dad love. He knows.
    Extract from ‘Dave’s Murder Mile’ by Lyn Towers
  • ALBERT: (Clears his throat) Testing, testing, one two, three, testing. This is Albert higginbottom addressing the nation. (Sings) I left my heart, in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me…
    Extract from ‘Albert’ by Janice Sampson
  • DARCY: I’m Darcy, and I’m sure that’s a charming little tale but maybe we could save it for another time or for someone who’s actually interested in the banalities of your life.
    Extract from ‘Followers’ by Ruby Clarke
  • CHARLIE: Don’t panic. I won’t be sleeping much either. I suppose you could say I’m in here because of William Shakespeare – and a woman.
    Extract from ‘King of the Castles’ by Frank Hill
  • TARIQ: Oi! Stop being disrespectful! Just because you speak ‘English’ so properly - you can’t speak Punjabi so good though do you, eh?
    Extract from ‘When George Came to Bradford by Nuzhat Ali
  • Aged 21 she gave in and tried it becoming addicted within weeks. It was in fashion, everybody did it
    Extract from ‘The Smoking Companion’ by Joleen White
  • The emphasis is the song ‘Abrokyire Abrabo’ what it meant to the band – their peerage and what it means to them now
    ‘High Life ‘ by Joseph-Israel