CRAZY JANE by Nicola McCartney
Directed by Garry Robson
  • “She dances. She dances alone. Always alone. Always twisting away just out of reach – ever beyond your touch, beyond your embrace, beyond your gaze”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.




  • “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

  • TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW
    Thursday 28-Saturday 30 May @ 7.45pm
    £10-£16
    0141 552 4267 / www.tron.co.uk

    THE LEMON TREE, ABERDEEN
    Tuesday 2 June @ 7pm
    £13.50 (£11) inc booking fee
    01224 641122 / www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

    EDEN COURT, INVERNESS
    Thursday 4 June @ 8pm
    £12 (£8)
    01463 234234/ www.eden-court.co.uk

    DORNIE VILLAGE HALL, KYLE OF LOCHALSH
    Friday 5 June @ 8pm
    £9 (£7)
    01599 577296 / www.lochan.info

    SUMMERHALL, EDINBURGH
    Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 June @ 7:30pm
    £12/£10
    0131 560 1580/ www.summerhall.co.uk

    ADAM SMITH THEATRE, KIRKCALDY
    Thursday 11 June @ 7.30pm
    £10 (£8)
    01592 583302 / www.onfife.com

    BONAR HALL, DUNDEE
    Saturday 13 June @ 7.30pm
    £14 (£12)
    01382 223530 / www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk