The dramatic story of women's labour and activism from 1860-1970 set in the world of laundries and the bath house of Notting Dale, North Kensington.
0:00 - 9:37 mins
Kathleen Doherty, an Irish migrant, who lives next to Counters Creek in the rural fields of Kensington, is washing the clothes of the rich folk from Notting Hill. The year is 1860.
9:42 - 17:08 mins
Three women are working in a laundry workshop. Florence Smith, 16 years old, reflects on money and marriage as she feeds linen into a steam powered machine. The year is 1890.
17:13 - 27:48 mins
Freda Palmer is recovering from a self-induced abortion. She has locked herself in the bedroom of her flat and won't let her husband in. The year is 1924.
27:53 - 37:04 mins
Joan Stewart is collecting her washing to take down to the wash house. Her mother has just passed away and she wonders if her husband is alive. It is V-E Day, 1945.
37:11 - 45:50
Grace Augustine is living in a slum flat with her baby. Her sister, Jackie, pays a visit. The basement flat is on a road about to be demolished for the building of Lancaster West Estate. Counters Creek, the ancient stream, now long buried under the streets, bubbles to the surface in the finale. The year is 1970.
Performances by Shelagh Farren, Nina Atesh, Mina Temple, Rebecca Hanser, Michelle Strutt and Rawlene Evelyn.
Written and directed by Constantine Gras. This was first commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries as a guided performance and walk around the streets and estates of North Kensington.