Popelei is a female-founded creative production company set up by Tamsin Clarke in 2011. Tamsin is a British-Venezuelan performer, theatre-maker, writer, director, part-producer and creator of The Popelei Naked Podcast.
POPELEI. PRONOUNCED: POP-EH-LEY. MEANING: PROPERLY.
“I like to fight and shout and make myself heard. Sometimes it feels hard to do this, as a woman and as an artist. I want to open up spaces for discussion and debate where you’re welcome to make a noise. Popelei is a place we can do that…properly.” — Tamsin Clarke, Popelei
Knowledge of Angels was Popelei’s debut theatrical production performed at Shoreditch Church in 2012. Time Out described the production as, “a deep and intense theatrical debate over faith, ethics and society”.
Manuelita followed in 2014 and won CASA Festival Scratch Award in 2013 and Three Weeks Editors’ Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 for “Top 10 Shows of the Fringe”. The show was runner-up “Theatre Production of the Year” for LUKAS Awards in 2015 & 2016. In 2017 Manuelita toured Latin America for 2 months, visiting 5 countries and being seen by over 3,500 people.
100 Years is the forthcoming Popelei production for 2018/2019. A preliminary R&D week is being supported by ArcolaLAB at the Arcola Theatre in London.
2018 has been dubbed “The Year of the Woman” and to celebrate all things female Tamsin has created The Popelei Naked Podcast, an ongoing intimate conversation that delves into the psyche of women performers as well as The Popelei Fund, a seed fund which will help support performance-based art that promotes the stories of women.
‘Popelei Theatre are a young and emerging company whose show Manuelita was vibrant and engaging. Tamsin Clarke is an exceptional, exciting and skilled performer and I look forward to following the development of the company’s work into the future.’ — Toni Racklin (2013), Head of Theatre, Barbican Theatre