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...played with exquisite panache by guitarist Jill O’Sullivan, clarinettist Emily Philips, saxophonist Claire Willoughby and drummer Alex Neilson, all of whom come with an impeccable musical pedigree.
— Neil Cooper, The Herald (Lost In Music)
...beautifully performed by Willoughby and Cooper... a shiveringly powerful play for our time...
— Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (Puffin)
The energy on offer from co-creators Alice Mary Cooper and Claire Willoughby is what drives the performance... Willoughby’s bright eyes and musical prowess capture the audience.
— Dominic Corr, The Skinny (Puffin)
I have to mention ‘Palliative Claire’... She does a number as a ‘carer’ in a very suggestive manner which challenges the normal stereotypes linked with palliative care - it is one of those unexpected surprises...
— Eleanor Lisney, Disability Visibility Project (ASTM)

Claire Eliza is an award-winning theatre maker, performer and musician based in Glasgow. She loves collaboration and play - often making work that is inquisitive, visually stimulating and darkly humourous.

Claire Eliza trained at NYT and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, and has a joint degree in Music and Theatre Studies from Glasgow University. She has an Associate Diploma in Musical Theatre, and also plays the saxophone, violin, and the accordion. She is a saxophonist with the Scottish based orchestra The Nevis Ensemble.

Since graduating, Claire has worked with Stellar Quines, Catherine Wheels and A Moment's Peace amongst others. She has been involved in Magnetic North's Rough Mix project twice - as a performer and as emerging artist - as well as assisting their opera with David Shrigley, Pass the Spoon, and performing in Lost In Music - a collaboration with Kim Moore (Imaginate Festival 2017 and Scottish Tour 2019). She has been touring internationally in the role of ‘Palliative Claire’ in Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide the Musical (ASTM) since it first premiered at the Southbank Centre in 2016. Claire directed the award-winning Greater Belfast by Little King, which enjoyed sold out runs at The Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival, and at Celtic Connections 2018.

Claire is a founding member of artist collective Snap Elastic with Eszter Marsalko and Alice Mary Cooper. Snap Elastic are driven to make bold, urgent and playful theatre, and toured Scotland with their first production, Puffin, in Autumn 2018. They are currently developing EAT ME - an experimental piece of visual theatre about cannibalism, the dark web, and autonomy. EAT ME is being made with support from Nordland Visual Theatre and manipulate festival, and will premiere in 2020.

Notable awards include a Michael Grandage Futures Fund, IdeasTap Innovators Award, and Dewar Arts Award. She was recently selected for the National Theatre of Scotland’s highly competitive Starter Programme, and is currently developing her new cabaret, My Heart Is A Hospital, with their support.


Beautifully performed by Liz Carr and her amazing cast... the high-stepping ‘Palliative Claire’ is cheekily performed by Claire Willoughby as a kind of Sally Bowles of terminal illness nursing.
— Lorna Irvine, The Tempohouse (ASTM)
...’Palliative Claire’s’ cabaret number strikes the ironic tone of the whole show particularly well.
— Hattie Pierce, A Younger Theatre (ASTM)
It’s early doors for the piece yet, with Hannah Jarrett Scott and Claire Willoughby as Chris and Charlie... Their characters, however, are right in there, enigmatic throwbacks to the time of rayon and space-age pop...
— Thom Dibdin, All Edinburgh Theatre (PLUTUS)