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 with Half Moon Theatre


Gillian Hanna

Production Team

Sharon Miller
Andrea Montag
Jeff Harrison (Crucible)
Lighting Designer
Jon Linstrum (Half Moon)
Lighting Designer
Alison Fowler
Company Manager
Gillian Waite
Stage Manager
Debbie-Lee Pinching
Deputy Stage Manager
Maddy Grant
Assistant Stage Manager

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



Programme in Sheffield

Publicity in London


Script for A Common Woman