A Common Woman

1988 - 1989

A one-woman show with vivid comments on the female condition in three very different pieces. In one a woman dons pink and escapes domestic servitude to enjoy free love. In another a housewife turns on, drops out and joins a commune; smoking a joint she confesses all to a priest. In the third, sitting alone on a chair under a spotlight, in a quiet controlled voice, a woman relates her experience of a gang rape.

  • Written by Franca Rame and Dario Fo
  • Translator Gillian Hanna
  • Co-production Half Moon Theatre

Cast

Gillian Hanna
Performer

Production Team

Sharon Miller
Director
Andrea Montag
Designer
Jeff Harrison (Crucible)
Lighting Designer
Jon Linstrum (Half Moon)
Lighting Designer
Alison Fowler
Company Manager
Gillian Waite
Stage Manager
Rose Sharp
Administration

Places and dates

Crucible Theatre Studio, Sheffield
13/10/1988 - 29/10/1988
Half Moon Theatre, London
07/02/1989 - 04/03/1989

‘That rare thing, a solo show with genuine dramatic weight.’
Betty Caplan The Guardian Feb 1989

‘In a rich and versatile performance that combines technical virtuosity with great depth and feeling, Gillian Hanna unfurls a mesmerising triptych of women’s experience.’
Ann McFerran Time Out Feb 1989

Gillian Hanna – Time Out Best Actress Award 1989

Images

Words

Programme in Sheffield

Publicity in London

A selection of reviews