Clare Lizzimore

Plays by Clare Lizzimore


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Mint is theatre director Clare Lizzimore’s debut play concerning the effects that a spell in prison has on one man and his family.

It’s 1998 and Alan is serving a substantial prison sentence. Over the course of the years various members of his family visit him: his sisters Stephanie and Nicola and his mother and father, Charlotte and Simon. As time passes he misses major family events, such as Stephanie’s wedding and the birth of her first child, a girl called Amber. As he moves to a freer open prison, the discomfort of his family is clear to see, especially in his taciturn father. The second part of the play takes place five years later. It is now 2003 and Alan has been released and is living back at home. Behind the joy however there lurks a distinct feeling of unease as Alan struggles to adjust to life after prison. His niece Amber, now an inquisitive seven-year-old, wants to know what her beloved Uncle did wrong but it seems nobody in the family is willing to discuss past history, nor have they really come to terms with it, except perhaps Alan himself.

Mint was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2013 as part of the Open Court Festival.

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Clare Lizzimore is a writer and director. Her debut play, Mint, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre as part of their Open Court Festival in 2013.

As a director her credits include Bull by Mike Bartlett (Sheffield Theatre and 59E59 Theatres, New York); Lay Down Your Cross by Nick Payne (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs); One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne (Paines Plough Roundabout Season, Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall); Pieces of Vincent by David Watson (Arcola Theatre); Faces in the Crowd by Leo Butler (Royal Court); War and Peace, Fear and Misery by Mark Ravenhill (Royal Court and Latitude Festival); On the Rocks by Amy Rosenthal (Hampstead Theatre); Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman (Manchester Royal Exchange); Tom Fool by Franz Xaver Kroetz (Glasgow Citizens Theatre and Bush Theatre – nominated for four CATS Awards); The Most Humane Way to Kill a Lobster by Duncan Macmillan (Theatre 503) and, as co-director with Max Stafford-Clark, The Mother by Mark Ravenhill (Royal Court).

In 2005 Clare won the Channel 4 Theatre Directors Award, and in 2009 she won the Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Award for innovation.