Welcome to the Bechdel Theatre Podcast!
Originally created as a Twitter campaign in 2015 by Beth Watson and
now a 50-minute women-in-theatre audible feast.
Bechdel Theatre is directly inspired by the famous Bechdel Test which looks at gender representation in film - only now British theatre is under the microscope...
Co-hosted by Beth Watson and Pippa Sa - subscribe for special guests interviews, feminist challenges plus competitions to win exclusive theatre treats!
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or head over to our website www.bechdeltheatre.com for upcoming shows and events!
Little Miss Burden with Matilda Ibini
Matilda Ibini is a playwright and screen-writer from East London. She is the writer of Little Miss Burden, a five-star-reviewed coming-of-age tale that smashes together 90s nostalgia, Nigerian family, East London and Sailor Moon to tell the sometimes tricky, often funny truth about growing up with a physical impairment.
Matilda also recently worked as dramaturg on Eve Leigh’s Midnight Movie, a new play exploring what it is like to have a digital body, when your physical body is always glitching and letting you down.
Little Miss Burden is at The Bunker until Dec 21
Midnight Movie is at The Royal Court until Dec 21
Matilda’s #FeministFaves were Triple Cripples podcast
Crutchesandspice.com by American activist Imani Barbarin
Jillian Macardo - model and actor (currently in the new series of The L Word)
Kelechi Okafor - actor, pole/twerking teacher and her podcast Say Your Mind
Danielle Dash - writer and TV executive.
Pippa’s #FeministFaves were YouTubers - Jessica Kellgren-Fozard &
Beth’s #FeministFave was the podcast Dolly Parton’s America.
The Girl With Glitter In Her Eye The Bunker Jan 12 -13, 19 - 20, 26 - 27
Scenes With Girls The Royal Court Jan 15 - Feb 22
The Undefinable Camden People’s Theatre Dec 10 – 21
Pecsmas The Yard until Dec 20
The Family Jewels NYE Y2K House Party DIY Space Dec 31
Fairview Young Vic until Jan 23
Christmas At The Snowglobe Shakespeare’s Globe Dec 19 - 23
Swive Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Dec 7 - Feb 15
Islamophobia and Trojan Horse with Madiha Ansari
Madiha Ansari specialises in cultural engagement, specifically for communities of South Asian women. She is the founder and director of arts-based social enterprise The Cultural Ecology Project which aims to make art accessible to those in the most deprived and vulnerable areas of society.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her at @AnsariMadiha.
Madiha's #feministfaves were the Muslim Women’s Council, Cate Blanchet and the Pakistani movie Cake.
Pippa’s is Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues.
Beth's is Samira Ahmed.
And So The Choir Gathers The Bunker Nov 17 & 18
i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) & Before I Was A Bear is on until 23rd November. Use ticket discount BECHDEL10 to join us for our audience discussion on Thursday 21 November.
Little Miss Burden The Bunker Dec 4 - 21
Midnight Movie Royal Court Nov 27 - Dec 21
Post Popular Soho Theatre Dec 3 - 14
Bitch on Heat Soho Theatre Dec 5 - 14
Venus Soho Theatre Jan 13 - 18
Three Sisters National Theatre Dec 3 - Feb 19
OH YES OH NO Battersea Arts Centre until Nov 23
EASY Blue Elephant until Nov 23
Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders The Vaults until Jan 15
Porscha Present is a singer, pianist, performer, and tutor currently playing Mermaid, Baba Yaga in Red Palace.
Camilla Harding is a performer, actor, and drag-dabbler currently playing Prince, Wolf, and an unnamed mystery character in Red Palace.
Red Palace is a Shotgun Carousel production, written by Cressida Peever and directed by Celine Lowenthal. It’s running at The Vaults until January 12.
Porscha’s #FeministFaves are femmes with facial hair, the Gurls Talk online community founded by Adwoa Aboah, and the model Sophia Hadjipanteli.
Milly’s #FeministFave is the tattoo artist Mani.Tattoo who focuses on tattooing as a sacred and ancient art, and often tattoos darker skin and people of colour.
Beth’s #FeministFaves are the apocalyptic zombie movie The Girl With All The Gifts netflix, and the documentary about women running for congress Knock Down The House netflix.
Pippa’s #FeministFaves are lesbian activist singer-songwriter Grace Petrie and her song Black Tie, plus a series of articles about Butch identities recently published on Refinery29: Butch Is Beautiful, and A Butch Dandy & A Trans Man Get Real About The Intersection Of Their Identities.
The Pleasance Theatre’s Best of Edinburgh Fringe including:
Bible John & Honeybee Nov 2 - 3
Madame Ovary Nov 8 - 10
A History of Water In The Middle East The Royal Court until Nov 16
i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) bunker The Bunker Nov 12 - 23
(Read Pippa’s blog response to i will still be whole, and listen to our podcast episode with writer Ava Wong Davies)
Before I Was A Bear The Bunker Nov 12 - 23
(Use the discount code BECHDEL10 for a cheap ticket and join us for a post-show audience conversation about Before I Was A Bear on Thurs Nov 21)
Girl From Nowhere at The Bedford Nov 13 - 14
I’m A Phoenix, Bitch at HOME Manchester Nov 26 - 30
Plant Fetish at HOME Manchester Nov 27 - 30
Abortion Rights Abortion Cabaret at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Nov 6.
Fokin’ Bring It On Lads at Rosemary Branch Nov 6 - 9
[Blank] The Donmar Warehouse until Nov 30.
Burgerz on tour, tickets available in Warwick, Birmingham, Bristol, and Cambridge, until Dec 1.
(Listen to our podcast episode with Travis Alabanza)
Queens of Sheba touring to Bristol, Warwick, Battersea, Essex & Leicester. Until Nov 29.
(Listen to our podcast episode talking about Queens of Sheba)
Trojan Horse touring to Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Halifax, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Hull, Lancaster, Norwich, Mold, Bradford, London, and Birmingham. Until Nov 21.
It’s True, It’s True, It’s True touring to Manchester, Doncaster, Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle, East Riding, Warwick, Salisbury York, Plymouth, Oxford, Halifax and Leeds. Until Nov 23.
Desiree’s Coming Early Soho Theatre Nov 11 – 23
Since U Been Gone Camden People’s Theatre Nov 19 – 20
(Listen to our podcast episode with Teddy Lamb)
I, AmDram Camden People’s Theatre Nov 26 – 30.
Parakeet with Brigitte Aphrodite & Michelle Tiwo
This is the fourth episode in a series of podcasts covering Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
Listen back to the previous episodes with Mika Johnson & Teddy Lamb, Travis Alabanza, and Emily Aboud & Charlotte Dowding, and look out on our social media for tour dates to see their shows.
You can now support Bechdel Theatre on Patreon with a monthly donation of $1.
Brigitte Aphrodite is a punk poet, musician, writer, theatre maker and feminist showgirl. Brigitte is the writer of Parakeet, and performs as a parakeet underscoring the show.
Michelle Tiwo is an actor, poet and model, and the lead performer in Parakeet.
Brigitte’s #FeministFaves are…
Music: Pink Suits, Self Esteem, Big Joanie, The Tuts, Dream Wife, Kate Nash, Lunatraktors
Books: Period Power by Maisie Hill, Laura Dockrill’s books for children & young adults.
Poet: Neelam Saredia-Brayley
Michelle’s #FeministFaves are...
Travis Alabanza & their writing about Edinburgh Fringe
Ruth Sutoye & Bald Black Girls
Tobi Kyeremateng & The Black Ticket Project
Poetry & art from: Touching Bass, Steam Down, Andrea Phillips, Vanessa Kisuule, Rachael Young, Theresa Lola, The Rap Party, Belinda Zhawi & Born::Free
Michelle & Brigitte’s Edinburgh show recommendations...
Pink Lemonade by Mika Johnson
How To Be Brave by Dirty Protest
Out by Rachael Young
Splintered by Emily Aboud
Burgerz by Travis Alabanza (Autumn tour includes: Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Warwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge & London)
The End & One by Bert & Nasi (One is coming to Battersea Arts Centre in October)
Civilization by Antler Theatre
Class & Fat Blokes By Scottee (Class is coming to Home in Manchester in Oct & touring in 2020)
Hearty by Emma Frankland
"Carnival is Gay as Shit" in Splintered with Emily Aboud & Charlotte Dowding
Emily Aboud is the director and writer of Splintered.
Charlotte Dowding is one of the three performers in Splintered.
Splintered is a Lagahoo Theatre production which uses cabaret, carnival, and recorded interviews with LGBTQ+ people in Trinidad and Tobago to tell the stories of Queer people in the Caribbean. It’s on every night during Edinburgh Fringe, at Bedlam Theatre 21:30.
Emily’s #FeministFaves are soca artist Nailah Blackman & dancehall artist Shenseea.
Charlotte’s #FeministFave is The Slumflower, and her book What A Time To Be Alone.
Other #EdFringe shows mentioned in this episode...
Girl Scouts vs Aliens at Assembly George Square at 12:10
Pink Lemonade at Assembly Roxy at 15:45 every other day (listen to our previous episode featuring Pink Lemonade writer/performer Mika Johnson)
Typical at Pleasance Courtyard 16:30
Burgerz with Travis Alabanza
Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theatre-maker based in London (via Bristol). Their show BURGERZ is on at the Traverse Theatre at varying times until August 25th (except the 5th, 12th & 19th), and then on tour, going to Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Warwick, Birmingham, Bristol, and London’s Southbank Centre.
Travis’ #FeministFave is community activist, writer, trainer & facilitator Nim Ralph.
Pippa’s #FeministFave is singer-songwriter King Princess.
Beth’s #FeministFave is the organisers of BiFest, Bi Pride, and #BwiththeT.
Travis’ #EdFringe show recommendations are...
Black Holes Zoo Southside 14:20 (Aug 19-25th)
Nightclubbing/OUT Summerhall 15:45
Pink Lemonade & Since U Been Gone Assembly Roxy 15:45
(listen to our interview with Mika Johnson & Teddy Lamb on our first EdFringe2019 podcast)
Class Assembly Roxy 16:05
Crystal Rasmussen Underbelly Cowgate 17:50
Sex Education Summerhall 19:10
Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing Pleasance Dome 19:00
Sophie Duker: Venus Pleasance Courtyard 19:00
Lucy McCormick: Post Popular Pleasance Courtyard 20:00
Shit Theatre Drink Rum With Expats Summerhall 20:05
Splintered Bedlam Theatre 21:30
As an avid thespian, I really love the insight the two hosts provide! As someone who uses the bechdel test personally when I watch films, it's really neat to see it applied to theatre as well!
A new favorite!
Feminism and theater talk with charming hosts??? Yes please!! How have I gone this long without this podcast in my life. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it!
If you like theatre...
I am not a theatre person, actually, but I only say that to illustrate how much I love this podcast. The interviews are very enjoyable and the hosts have great senses of humor.