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DUSA, FISH, STAS AND VI
Finborough Theatre, July 2013
The first full professional production in more than 35 years.
“My loves, what are we to do? We won’t do as they want any more, and they hate it. What are we to do?”
Commemorating the centenary year of the death of suffragette martyr Emily Wilding Davison, the first full professional production in more than 35 years of Pam Gems’ feminist classic Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi.
Four determinedly ‘liberated’ – and very different – women ricochet around a tiny shared flat, while trying to pull together the shattered strands of their lives: Dusa is struggling to regain her children from their father, Fish is losing her lover to another woman, Stas is on the game to finance the course she wants to study at university, while Vi steadfastly refuses to eat….
A bitingly sardonic modern classic, widely regarded as an historic icon of early feminism, Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976 under the title Dead Fish, Michael Codron transferred the play to the West End under its new title where it enjoyed a huge success and established Pam Gems as a major new voice in British theatre.
★★★★ ‘There are moments of delirious joy and laughter… it’s a truthful and fearless play’
★★★★ ‘Fast-paced, engaging, politically charged’
★★★★ ‘A welcome return to the stage for Pam Gems’s 1976 feminist classic… It’s so great to see this play on the stage, where it belongs, and not confined to the drama history books’
The Arts Desk
★★★★★ ‘Powerfully directed and flawlessly executed’
Directed by Helen Eastman
Designed by Katie Bellman
Lighting by Jess
Sound by Matt Downing