Scum: Death, Destruction and Dirty Washing

1976 - 1977 & 1978

A musical celebration of the women of the Paris Commune of 1871. For two months Paris celebrated the festival of the oppressed. The sun shone as the scum of the earth sang and danced in the streets. In the forefront of this revolution marched the Parisian women, demanding everything from crèches to guns and defending the barricades to the last. Set in a Parisian laundry the play brings all this to vibrant life, with laughter and heart-wrenching songs amid the steam and grime.

  • Written by Claire Luckham, Chris Bond and the company

Cast

Roger Allam
Marcel
Chris Bowler
Lucie
Helen Glavin**
Josephine
Gillian Hanna
Mole
Alan Hulse*
Emile
Mary McCusker
Madame Masson
Susan Todd*
Eugenie
*From Oct 1976, Ian Blower** replaced Alan Hulse and Linda Broughton replaced Susan Todd

Production Team

Susan Todd***
Director
Andrea Montag
Designer
Helen Glavin
Composer
Hilary Lewis
Costumes
Chris Montag
Graphics
d. Wilson**
Technician/Company Manager
David Bradford*
Administration
*Sue Beardon (from Oct 1976)
Administration

Places and dates

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
06/05/1976
Crucible Studio, Sheffield
11/05/1976
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
18/05/1976
Garnet College, London
08/06/1976
Vauxhall Centre, Liverpool
14/06/1976
I. M. Marsh College, Liverpool
16/06/1976

*From October 1976, Susan Todd was replaced by Linda Broughton, Alan Hulse by Ian Blower, and David Bradford by Sue Beardon. **From January 1977, Meri Jenkins took over from d Wilson as Company Manager/Technician. ***In May 1978 the show was re-directed by Ann Mitchell; Ian Blower was replaced by Clive Russell and Helen Glavin by Ann Mitchell.

‘No dull agitprop stereotypes here, but human beings fighting, celebrating, touching the stars. Each scene is a beautifully constructed cameo in its own right and the whole is very funny, conscientiously researched and with superb music to boot. This vivid production is political theatre at its very best.’
Rosalind Asquith Time Out May 1976.

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Programme

Publicity

Display boards

A selection of reviews

Press cuttings

Recordings

Scum (1976) Music and Slideshow