Claudine Bennent is a Sheffield-based performer, theatre maker and teacher.
Her work is political, female-led, collaborative and explores modern crises and undercurrents through playful, deeply human and gut punching storytelling. Her most recent projects include Tannie & Tannie (Northern Tour 2019-2020, DINA Venue 2018), Next Left (DINA Venue 2020), Tales of Whatever (Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield 2019), Three Post-Apocalyptic Comedians Walk Into A Bar (Rebuild Festival, Sheffield 2017), The Local (Edinburgh Fringe 2017, The Rutland Arms 2016), The Vagina Monologues (for SheFest at Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield 2017), and scripting and directing Foolish Mortals at the Lantern Theatre in 2016.
Claudine graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2005 with her BA in Theatre and Performance. She worked as a freelance actor, singer, director, writer and teacher for numerous theatre, film and television companies in South Africa; including the National Children’s Theatre (The Secret Garden, Aladdin, Stuart Little).
In 2007, she caught the comedy bug and began performing stand-up and improv comedy at venues throughout Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria until 2009, when she moved to Sendai, Japan to teach on the Japan English and Exchange (JET) Programme.
Whilst learning how to use chopsticks properly, she developed her Vocal Training for Teachers Workshop - delivered at training conferences and meetings, delivered an improv comedy workshop at the annual art show, performed with an acapella group to raise funds for charity, and established Sendai Night Live (a variety show to raise funds after the 2011 Sendai Earthquake).
Claudine relocated to Sheffield in 2013 and has been cursing the weather ever since.