Clemence Dane is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, described by her great friend Noel Coward as ‘a wonderful unique mixture of artist, writer, games mistress, poet and egomaniac.’
Yet her name and achievements are almost forgotten today: she was the first British woman screenwriter ever to win an Oscar, the inspiration for eccentric medium ‘Madame Arcati’ in Coward’s Blithe Spirit and a highly-regarded scriptwriter in Hollywood.
We invite you to join acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis as she talks about the life and work of this extraordinary woman, the subject of her new Arts Council-funded one-woman play, ‘Wanting the Moon’.
Born Winifred Ashton (her pseudonym Clemence Dane taken from the church, St Clement Danes on the Strand, London), Clemence Dane had a fascinating, if chequered career, including Hollywood adventures with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich and penning the controversial lesbian novel Regiment of Women (1917).
Join us on Wednesday 1st February, 13:00-13:45, in the Museum’s Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre. This lecture is part of the Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series. Lectures are free and no booking is required.