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ClerkinWorks and Ovalhouse present

The Secret Keeper by Angela Clerkin

A political fairytale for adults with songs, macabre magpies, and a murderous gothic heart.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • WEDS 11 - SAT 21 OCT (no perfs SUN 15 & MON 16) Previews WEDS 11 & THURS 12

Running time: 1 hour 50 mins (including interval)

Venue: Downstairs

The Good Daughter wants to make her father happy. "Tell me what makes you so sad. Tell me your dark secret and I promise to keep it safe for you." He whispers in his daughter’s ear and a great weight lifts from his shoulders. Delighted, he invites the whole town to confide in his miraculous daughter. Soon everyone is flocking to The Secret Keeper. But what happens when a murderer confesses - and who is to blame for the consequences?


Illicit affairs, theft, murder, government cover-ups and whistle-blowers: The Secret Keeper is a personal story with global consequences. 

Developed at the National Theatre Studio, this is a fiendish new story for adults about secrets, collusions and responsibility, written by Angela Clerkin (Associate Artist with Improbable and Chris Goode & Co). Made with an award-winning creative team and featuring a stellar ensemble cast.

“A modern fairytale in the style of the Grimm Brothers… a surprisingly sharp bite” ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine on Clerkinworks' The Bear

“Stylish… elegant… pleasingly wacky” The Scotsman on Clerkinworks' The Bea


Tues 17 October 7.30pm

BSL-interpreted show with interpretation by Martin Fox-Roberts


Age 14+


  • Wed 11 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 12 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 13 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 14 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Tue 17 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Wed 18 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 19 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 20 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 21 Oct, 7:30pm

Cast: Niall Ashdown, Angela Clerkin, Hazel Maycock, Anne Odeke
Writer/co-director: Angela Clerkin
Co-director: Lucy J Skilbeck
Designer: Simon Vincenzi
Lighting: Colin Grenfell
Music: Nick Powell
Additional music & sound design: Harry Johnson

Additional information

Thurs 19 Oct

Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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