A 1960s French pop star steps out of line to speak up for women’s rights.
1971. Paris, France: a young woman faces a choice. Will she use her influence as a pop music sensation to speak out about women’s rights, or keep quiet to save her career? With a classic 60s soundtrack and live singing, this solo musical charts the rise and fall of starlet Angéle. Plucked from obscurity by music impresario Francois, she lets him shape her into a Eurovision-winning idol. But in the aftermath of a doomed love triangle and a career-rocking scandal, she may have an even bigger opportunity to raise her voice for women.
★★★★ superbly performed, The Guardian
★★★★ Beguiling, The upcoming
Behind Our Skin
Two intertwined female monologues explore immigration: how much of our culture should we give up to try and fit into our country of adoption? Camille has moved to London from France but never cared about committing to the society that welcomed her. Only when problems arise with her baby does she realise our interdependence. Nayssam arrived in Paris with a suitcase full of books and dreams but had to face the reality of immigration and the fears of French people – including those of her best friend Julie. Torn between her Muslim heritage and her desire to fit into a new society that views religion with suspicion, she faces cultural misunderstandings leading to dangerous situations. Will the difficulties they face make them stronger… or definitively break the bond with their country of adoption?
‘A beautifully written, hidden gem’ (Strat Mastoris, Fringe Review), ‘Poetic and moving, Behind Our Skin enchants’ (Crystal Bennes, Exeunt Magazine), and ‘A hard-hitting piece of international theatre’ (Udita Banerjee, Fringe Guru)
*Long-listed for Voice’s Best Newcomer Award at Brighton Fringe 2018 *Long-listed for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2017