Crazy Jane

by Nicola McCartney

Directed by Garry Robson

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company present the world premier of Crazy Jane – the story of Jane Avril, star of the Moulin Rouge and immortalised in Toulouse Lautrec’s iconic posters.

Jane invites you in to her life where she will tell you of her extraordinary journey from the back streets and brothels of Paris via the asylum wards of the Salpêtrière Asylum and on to the palace of women, the Moulin Rouge. Join her, Professor Charcot and his junior staff Drs Freud, Tourette, Jung and Alzheimer in the waltz of modern psychiatry, popularly known as The Fools Dance.

Crazy Jane is a spectacular theatre, dance event with an original razor sharp score by Scottish hip hop artists Hector Bizerk.

Production Photographs


Press Reviews

“Birds Of Paradise Theatre Company has created a two-hour drama-cum-cabaret about that adds another beautiful and haunting strand to the current generation of great work by Scottish-based companies involving artists with disabilities.”
“…acting and dancing with a rare, haunting power and sadness.”
The Scotsman ★★★★

“…comical and gritty production that stays classy throughout.”
“…a unique and imaginative experience.”
The Public Reviews ★★★★

“Director Garry Robson is a great lover of old-style music
hall, but it’s always with a modern twist – in this case,
the rumbustious score from Glasgow-based hip-hop band Hector
Bizerk, which accompany some superb projected visuals
(including audio transcription) by Sergey Jakovsky.”
Disability Arts Online

“…a play full of fascinating scenes…”
The Guardian ★★★

“Crazy Jane is a impressive production that uses a historical
setting to take a contemporary look at the perception of
disability in society.”
The List ★★★

“…wild sensual choreography…”
Across the Arts ★★★

“The show pits the sights and wonders of Moulin Rouge era Paris against the gritty and candid back streets of Glasgow to both comical and astounding effect.”
Tenament TV

Tour Dates


Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Thu 28 – Sat 30 May 2015

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Tue 2 Jun 2015

Eden Court, Inverness
Thu 4 Jun 2015

Dornie Village Hall, Kyle of Lochalsh
Fri 5 Jun 2015

Summerhall, Edinburgh
Tue 9 – Wed 10 Jun 2015

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Thu 11 Jun 2015

Bonar Hall, Dundee
Sat 13 Jun 2015