Inspired by the Blue Blouse theatre movement in the Soviet Union in the 1920s this work seeks to re-create the energy and the vibrant atmosphere of the Blue Blouse’s own performances.
The Blue Blouse (Синяя блуза) theatre troupe were an influential agitprop theatre collective, created by Boris Yuzhanin under the auspices of the Moscow Institute of Journalism. They were a very important theatre movement, now long forgotten. They thrived between 1923 and 1927, when they merged with the Workers Youth Theatre.
Staged previously at Pushkin House, the Royal Academy, the Marx Memorial Library, 2019 saw two performances of Blue Blouse. The May Day Rooms in July was followed by a benefit performance for the Torriano Meeting House in December. Both performances featured new songs originally published in a 1927 issue of the Blue Blouse movement’s magazine.
December 2019 – The Torriano Meeting House – London
July 2019 – The May Day Rooms – London
May 2017 – The Marx Memorial Library – London
February 2017 – The Royal Academy – London
October 2016 – The Pushkin Club – London