MANUELITA – Popelei Theatre

20th September 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


A new theatre production by Popelei Theatre.

Revolutionary, proto-feminist, underground spy and the beating heart of South American liberation, Manuela Saenz died in poverty, all but forgotten by the history books – until now.

Blending storytelling, physical theatre, comedy and live music, Lecoq-trained Tamsin Clarke brings Manuelaʼs story of love, loss and revolution vibrantly to life.

With accompaniment by Colombian musician and guitarist Camilo Menjura (UK Latin American Musician Of The Year 2014), Manuelita promises audiences a heart-swelling, toe-tapping night out at the theatre.

As the audience is serenaded to their seats by guitarist Camilo Menjura, it is clear that Tamsin Clarkeʼs show is going to be something special. This is a hilarious, moving, tragic and heart-warming piece of theatre…one not to be missed.

* * * * * Three Weeks

British-Venezuelan Clarke bursts on to stage all pent-up anger, frustration and passion… a wonderful, warm performance that will have you leaving on a high.

* * * * The Stage

Manuelita is a delight, presented by the energetic and winning Tamsin Clarke…her audience falls in love with both player and subject…

* * * * British Theatre Guide

Manuelita centres a visually striking hyper-reality around a charismatic and multi-faceted female lead, and its playful, pacey and poetic interpretation of history will strike a chord…

* * * * Broadway Baby

…a slick, engaging piece of theatre, which conveys the life of Manuela Saenz with tenderness and charm. For an hour-long masterclass on how to write, star in and direct a one-woman show, Manuelita is your hit.

* * * * Postscript Journal

A real and physical prescence, utterly impossible to ignore…rousing and clear…bursts with warmth and life.

* * * * Exeunt 

Written and performed by Tamsin Clarke

Music composed and performed by Camilo Menjura

Directed by Scarlett Plouviez Comnas and Tamsin Clarke

Set and costume design by Rachel Wingate

Lighting design by Simeon Miller

Suitability Age 12+

There is a very limited capacity so to reserve a ticket please email with the number of tickets you wish to reserve and a contact telephone number.

Tickets will be “Pay What You Decide” which means you will pay the company AFTER the show.


As this performance launches our autumn season we’ve added a couple of extra treats for you  – following the performance, we’ll lay on a little free supper with a Latin American flavour and then there’s a live music set from the brilliant MESTISA, performing traditional and popular music from Latin America: romantic Boleros, Argentinian zambas, Chilean tonadas and lively Bolivian huaynos.
Prepare yourself to dance and sing along to the beautiful tunes from Latin America!
Have a listen to them here. Give them a like over on Facebook!

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