Actress, presenter and modern day ‘Mary Poppins’, Clementine Wade is a 21st century polymath. Even at St James’ Primary School in Muswell Hill, her acting talent was clear to see as she stole the Christmas show, playing the ugly bug!
Time ticked on and Clementine was always appearing in her school shows. She went on to study at Cambridge reading English and Drama with Education followed by Social and Political Science and became involved with the inimitable Footlights comedy group where, as one of the youngest members on the committee, she wrote, performed and directed some of their biggest shows.
After graduating, Clementine studied European Classical Acting at The Drama Centre, London, where she was sponsored by Sir Tom Stoppard, Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Trevor Sorbet, Zoe Wannamaker and Sir Christopher Bland amongst others. Clementine will next appear in a new pilot comedy for Channel 4 with Stephen Fry.
In recent years, Clementine has fronted advertising campaigns for major companies, performed on stage, and turned her hand to creating her own comedy films and educational videos. She has also carved herself a niche role as a presenter and compère for some of London’s most celebrated museums and galleries and is known for her comic ability to present quirky, giant adult games that help everybody to interact with their environment in new and playful ways.
Her production company, Arty Kamikaze, is currently working on Back To School – a site-specific, interactive show which casts audience members as students. It premieres at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Mixing comedy and masterclass, ‘pupils’ attending ‘Saint Dumbiedykes’ will study insect dissection, take sex education classes, hear Jonathan Ross give their graduation speech and enjoy irreverent takes on the school assembly, school dinners and the end of term disco. Arty Kamikaze aims to amuse and enliven, giving the audience another chance to be big kids and mess around in assembly, spicing up the educational debate and proving it is never too old to be young and never too late to learn.
Back To School will be showcased at the Braidwood Community Centre which currently faces closure. Clementine chose to work in partnership with the Centre to raise its profile and support its work as a hub for the community. As well as creating a brilliant piece of comedy, Arty Kamikaze will also be running free workshops, including CV surgeries, cookery lessons and speed dating, to raise funds to regenerate the Centre. Profits from the show and all remaining materials not used will go directly to the Centre.
A launch party for Back to School will take place at Aura in Mayfair on 18th July. Clementine is also in talks with a number of theatres to bring the show to London, so, if you’re not planning a trip to Edinburgh, watch this space and start ironing your school shirt!
For more information, see http://www.backtoschooledinburgh.com/.