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.
*From Oct 1976, Ian Blower** replaced Alan Hulse and Linda Broughton replaced Susan Todd. **From May 1978, Ann Mitchell replaced Helen Glavin and Clive Russell replaced Ian Blower.
* Composer and (what would now be termed) Musical Director. ** From Oct 1976, Sue Beardon replaced David Bradford; from Jan 1977, Meri Jenkins replaced d. Wilson; from May 1978 Ann Mitchell replaced Susan Todd.
*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.