New Babylon 1871

GaryDirecting, The New Factory


Press release

The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor Presents NEW BABYLON 1871 at the Round Chapel, Hackney (junction of Glenarm Road and Lower Clapton Road). 15th, 16th and 17th March at 8pm. Tickets free. For further details call 020 7482 2145

“Working men’s Paris, with its commune, will be forever celebrated as the harbinger of a new society. Its martyrs are enshrined in the great heart of the working class”-Karl Marx

NEW BABYLON 1871 is inspired by the 1929 silent cinematic masterpiece by Leonid Trauberg and Grigori Kozintsev, and the events of the Paris Commune.

The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor is committed to staging large scale free theatre events in spectacular places. As with their previous production, The Red Cabbage Café, the action will take place in and around the audience.

In NEW BABYLON 1871 50 actors, musicians and artists will recreate the events of the 73 days of the Paris Commune, from the dismantling of the Vendome column to the climactic battles on the barricades.

The Round Chapel is a beautiful listed building. It is a perfect setting for NEW BABYLON 1871 as it was inaugurated on the 26th April 1871, the fortieth day of the Paris Commune, and many of the Commune’s most important meetings and events took place in churches and chapels.

“They were madmen, but they had in them that little flame that never dies” – Pierre August Renoir, survivor of the Paris Commune.