Tannie & Tannie: The play.

Tannie & Tannie is a new play by Claudine Bennent. Performed by Claudine Bennent and Melanie Crawley. Directed by Sarah Spencer.

Tannie and Tannie are leaving. Escaping the damned earthquakes and the water that bursts into flame. The cantankerous aunties will leave their home – a place once strong and flat and stable – and embark on a journey – like their ancestors did before them. Before they go, there’s just time for a story or two about ghosts and gods and the bleddy British, then, off they’ll go on their trek. But. Not every trek can be a Great Trek.

The play is suitable for all although there is some swearing and it is not aimed specifically at children.

To book Tannie & Tannie for your venue or festival please contact us for a venue pack.



Little Videos

We made some very short flicker-book videos. Please feel free to share these and if you do, please credit our fabulous photographer Jody Cliffe!

Tannie’s travels 1. Photography by Jody Cliffe

Tannie’s travels 2. Photography by Jody Cliffe

Tannie’s travels 3. Photography by Jody Cliffe


Tannies on the move

Tannie and Tannie are going on tour in Autumn 2019. We’re currently booking venues in the north of England for October and November dates. If you think audiences at your venue would be interested in our play you can download our tour pack here: TannieandTannie TourPack AUTUMN2019

and see recommendations from other programmers here:

DeborahEgan DINAVenue Recommendation Tannie 

Tim Holmes Festival23 Recommendation Tannie

To discuss Autumn dates or other suggestions contact us

The Players


Claudine Bennent is a performer, theatre maker and teacher.

Claudine is the writer + co-producer  of ‘Tannie & Tannie’ and plays ‘Tannie’

Claudine graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2005 with her BA in Theatre and Performance.  Claudine 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.  Her most resent projects include The Local (Edinburgh Fringe 2017, The Rutland Arms), The Vagina Monologues (for SheFest at Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield), and scripting and directing Foolish Mortals at the Lantern Theatre.


Claudine is a member of Equity and Spotlight

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Melanie Crawley is an actor, voice artist, producer, designer and writer

Melanie is the Producer of ‘Tannie & Tannie’ and plays ‘Tannie’

Melanie appeared most recently as The Mayor in ‘Final Night, Mayor’ by John Hunter as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Making Room Crucible Studio Takeover; as Kath in ‘Classless’ by Paul Kenny, a radio play commissioned as part of Pete McKee’s ‘This Class Works’ exhibition and as Lord Montague in Romeo & Juliet at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester all in 2018.

Previously, she appeared in ‘Three Post-Apocalyptic Comedians Walk Into A Bar…’ in 2017 a performance she also wrote, produced and directed – commissioned by Rebuild Festival.

Other recent appearances are: Joan for Tesco’s ‘Food Love Stories’ campaign, in  ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’ as Court Clerk, and as Blodwyn in Peter Huntley’s series of radio sketches: ‘Dylan and Blod Talk about Dai’ for Cornucopia Radio. In 2016 she appeared as Betty in the northern UK premiere of ‘In a Forest, Dark and Deep’ by Neil LaBute, at Salford Arts Theatre (GM Fringe) which she also produced and designed.

Melanie is also an audio book narrator and has narrated and produced six novels to date, all available on Audible.


Represented by ADP Agency, Manchester, Melanie is a member of Equity and Spotlight.

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Sarah Spencer is an actor and director.

Sarah is the director of ‘Tannie & Tannie’

Sarah Spencer graduated from Arden School of Theatre in 2008 and has been working in Theatre and Film as an actor and director since then, notably appearing in cult film: ‘Harold’s Going Stiff’ as Penny Rudge.

Sarah served as Creative Director and a trustee of the Lantern Theatre for four years during which time she directed ‘A Few Good Men’ and ‘The Crucible’ among other plays, which received rave reviews.

Currently, as well as directing Tannie & Tannie, Sarah is managing the Merlin Theatre in Sheffield and is co-directing and acting in Twitch productions.


Tannie & Tannie: Show details

Tannie & Tannie was first performed on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November 2018 at DINA Venue, Sheffield.

We are currently developing the show and booking dates for 2019.

If you are interested in booking Tannie & Tannie for your venue or festival please contact Melanie Crawley for a venue pack or to discuss.