Liz Clarke

Domestic Appliances

Presented by Word of Warning, The Guinness Partnership during Domestic II

In Brief

Liz Clarke channels a version of herself; her alter ego Betty Bruiser: a hardcore Haus Frau in a strangely nostalgic peep into a twisted domestic scene. Join her as she wistfully wrangles with her white goods and merges with her machines.

Venue + Booking Details, for Domestic II

Dates: Thursday 24 September 2015, 7.30pm
Venue: Matthias Court, off Cannon Street, Salford, M3 6JD — a 7 minute walk from Chapel Street / Salford Cathedral, a 13 minute walk to Salford Central Railway Station, and a 20 minute walk to Opera House on Quay Street.
Tickets: Evening Performances can be booked online via We Got Tickets (10% booking fee applies) OR reserved over the phone 07581 299 439 (leave a message + we’ll get back to you); remaining tickets will be available at Matthias Court (cash only) just before the performances.

Access Information

As a sited event, Domestic II presents a number of access challenges please see front page for details.
Age advisory: 16+ For specific age and access information please email or call 07581 299 439.


With a post modern nod to a by-gone era Domestic Appliances is a glimpse into the warped reality of this wistful wife. Tethered to her white goods she goes about her mundane tasks, a pristine parody of the feminine.

Is she one teaspoon short of a cutlery draw or has she enlisted some soporific medicinal assistance? We’re never quite sure.

The piece tinkers with (wo)man and machine, the merging of body and object in a setting charged with gender signifiers. The Body undergoes a minor trauma in order to complete a function as part of machine but any ‘trauma’ that the audience might feel witnessing this will be undercut by Betty’s choice of soundtrack and her sheer ambivalence to the action.

Who is she?

Liz Clarke is a live artist. Her work is primarily concerned with the Body as Site and Object; exploring its boundaries and vulnerabilities in performance. Practicing in the spaces between theatre, cabaret and live art she questions what happens when the genres’ unwritten rules are broken, merged, unclassified, exploited. Her work is strongly connected with representing the Female through alienation, intimacy and construction of mythical Hyperfeminine archetypes. She has performed at In Between Time, Arnolfini, Duckie, Roundhouse, Appetite, Shunt, ]PerformanceSpace[, Mayfest, on stages, understairs, in cars, giant balloons & nightclubs world-wide. She is resident performer & mentor with Beacons Icons & Dykons.

Through her socially engaged practice with Liz Clarke & Company she encourages people to take supported risks through performance and facilitates the creation new work. Her latest work Cannonballista charts the rise and fall of her Super Hero Alter Ego Betty Bruiser, whilst inviting participants from the local community to take to the stage with her through a series of intensive workshops. Cannonballista has shown at Arnolfini and Appetite Festival in 2014 and Trinity 2015.

What people have said about her

Liz’s work evokes a glitterball in a junkyard.
Ron Athey
Liz is a performance alchemist… The quality and sincerity of her work is astounding.
Audience members


Images: Ragdoll photography.

Websites | @lizgclarke | Video link 1 | Video link 2

Domestic II

Thurday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015
at Matthias Court, M3 6JD [on Google Maps]
Thu 24 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, booking essential
Fri 25 Sep, 7pm + 10pm. £3 (both sold-out)
Fri 25 Sep, 7.30pm. £5 (sold-out)
Sat 26 Sep, 12noon-5pm. FREE, no need to book
Sat 26 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, low availability