A COMMUNITY play based on memories of the Fulham wash house is being performed in studios where the house once stood.
Produced in a series of community drama education workshops, led by playwright and theatre director Rosalind Scanlon, Wash House Stories compiles tales and memories of those who used the wash house, in North End Road, in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
The production features members of Act Your Age Drama, a local drama group for women over 50, who have never acted on the stage before. And it pays homage to the hundreds of working class women who used the wash house at a time when few families could afford to have their own washing machine at home.
Ms Scanlon said: "Fulham’s wash house was a women’s hub, beating at the heart of the community. It was not only a place where women came together to wash and scrub, but it was also a place where they could meet each other, make friends, share their troubles, their burdens, their worries and their stories during hard times. Wash House Stories sets out to pay tribute to this."
This performance will reflect the group’s interpretation of the life of Fulham Wash House and it will also draw from some of the drama group’s personal memories of going there.
On wash day, women could be seen pushing their prams and pushchairs full of heavy blankets, sheets, towels, linen, curtains and bedspreads along North End Road.
The wash house was part of the Fulham Baths complex, which also included a nursery, swimming pools, and public baths.
Ms Scanlon added: "If you’ve ever used Fulham Wash House, then here is your opportunity to return, and take a trip down memory lane."
The performance is on for one night only, Saturday August 17, at 7pm, at the Dance Attic Studios, North End Road. There is a ‘pay what you can afford’ rule on the door. There is also a free preview a day earlier, at 3pm, at Macbeth Adult Learning Centre in Hammersmith.
For more information, or to share your wash house stories, contact Rosalind on email@example.com