We are delighted to be bringing our award-winning, 5-star musical Clean! to Watford on 2 October. A rousing celebration of women’s resilience and sisterhood, it won the Outstanding Show award at Brighton Fringe in June and attracted a string of five star reviews.
People likened it to Les Miserables, Six and Emilia.
Clean: The Musical explores the lives of seven women living in the historic Roundhill (or Laundry Hill) area of Brighton through different eras.
Highlighting how much has and hasn’t changed from 1880 to today, it is a rousing celebration of women’s resilience through difficult times. Sisterhood is a common theme – from laundry to women’s hospital to modern female friendships. Other themes include suffrage, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence and – topically – the smallpox outbreak in 1950, which has eery parallels with COVID seventy years later. In exploring these stories we see how universal and ‘modern’ these women’s experiences actually are.
“touched everyone’s hearts”; “has the spirit of Les Miserables, and a strong potential to be taken into the West End” – ***** – Broadway Baby
“a triumph in every sense“; ” a spine tingling musical soundscape”; “more than deserves to be seen by a very wide audience” – ***** – Latest Brighton
“This should be in the West End”; “I’ve never heard a new musical come up to this one”; “a masterwork”; “a true homage to the women it celebrates” – Outstanding Show – Fringe Review
Roundhill is a conservation area with a rich history of service industries. It was home to a large number of laundries from the late 19th century, which provided work for local women, often independent of their husbands. The Tivoli laundry was involved in the
1950 smallpox outbreak.
Roundhill was also the site of the first dedicated hospital for women with mental health issues, opened in 1905 by Dr Helen Boyle and her partner Dr Mabel Jones. A blue plaque is due to be unveiled later this year on the house where the hospital stood.
Clean tells the stories of real and fictional women of varying ages and at different times in the area’s history and features fourteen original songs, from feminist anthems to heartwrenching ballads.
Music by Simon Scardanelli (prolific singer-songwriter/composer and member of 80s band Big Bam Boo).
Book and lyrics by Sam Chittenden (Unquiet Slumbers, Sary, Underworlds, Metamorphosis, So You Say).