Bechdel Theatre Podcast

Welcome to the first ever 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.
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Dec 9, 2019

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 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 &

Molly Burke


Beth’s #FeministFave was the podcast Dolly Parton’s America.

More recommendations...


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

Nov 15, 2019

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 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.


More recommendations... 

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


Oct 31, 2019

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.


More recommendations...


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.

Aug 26, 2019

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

Aug 8, 2019

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


Aug 4, 2019

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

Aug 2, 2019

This episode is the first Bechdel Theatre podcast from Edinburgh Fringe 2019!


Follow us on instagram & twitter, and read our blog for constant updates of EdFringe shows to see. If you want to support our work at Edinburgh you can still do so via our GoFundMe, Ko-Fi, and Patreon pages.


Mika Johnson is a writer and performer from Nottingham. Their show Pink Lemonade is on at Assembly Roxy at 15:45 on odd dates. Help fund Mika's Top Surgery


Teddy Lamb is a playwright and theatre-maker from Warwickshire. Their show Since U Been Gone is on at Assembly Roxy at 15:45 on even dates.


Mika and Teddy’s shows are both being co-produced by The Queer House and HighTide Theatre. The Queer House is an agency and production company for LGBTQIA+ actors, performers and theatre-makers.


Teddy’s #FeministFave is writer/podcaster Bethany Rutter and her debut novel No Big Deal.


Mika’s #FemininstFave is the book Kings Queens and Inbetweens by Tanya Boteju.


Beth’s #FeministFave is Cerys Bradley’s podcast The Coming Out Tapes.


Pippa’s #FeministFave is the Channel 4 TV show Drag SOS.

ALL the recommendations featured on this episode can be found on our latest blog post: Shows to see at Edinburgh Fringe 2019.

May 29, 2019

Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Leeds, who has been creating autobiographical work since 2014.


salt. Is part of a wider body of Selina’s work looking at Black British identity. It focuses on grief, home, Afro-pessimism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of Caribbean communities in the UK today.


Rochelle Rose is an actor and singer who is playing the role of The Woman in salt. for the show’s Royal Court run.


You can see salt. at the Royal Court until June 1st. We also recommend checking out Selina’s Reading List for salt. which includes books, films, music, and twitter accounts to follow.


Selina’s #FeministFave is Rebecca Sugar’s cartoon series Steven Universe.


Rochelle’s #FeministFave is her Grandmothers.


Beth’s #FeministFave is the TV series Pose, which is currently available to watch in the UK on BBC iPlayer.


Pippa’s #FeministFave is the Olympic Gold-medallist Caster Semenya. Follow and support her on twitter & instagram.


Selina’s show recommendations…


Travis Alabanza’s Burgerz (touring throughout 2019, including Edinburgh throughout August)


Sue MacLaine’s Vessel


Alexandrina Hemsley & Seke Chimutengwende’s Black Holes


Rachael Young’s Nightclubbing (Folkestone on June 15, then Edinburgh until August 11)


Demi Nandhra’s Life Is No Laughing Matter


Unfolding Theatre’s Hold On Let Go (Battersea Arts Centre, then Edinburgh throughout August)

Tim Etchells’ To Move In Time


Beth & Pippa are hosting an audience discussion after Kill Climate Deniers at The Pleasance on June 8th - use the code BECHDEL12 to get a discount ticket and join the conversation.


Bechdel Theatre is going to Edinburgh Fringe to record our podcast, support artists, and find shows that pass the Bechdel test with flying colours!

Support our work for £5 on GoFundMe, £3 on Ko-Fi, or $1 a month on Patreon.

May 25, 2019


Florence Schechter is the founder of the Vagina Museum, which will be the first ever bricks-and-mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy. You can donate to the Vagina Museum's Crowdfunder Page to help them make the museum a physical reality.


Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself is Bella Heesom's second collaboration with director Donnacadh O'Briain and co-performer Sara Alexander. You can listen to our interview with Bella about her previous show My World Has Exploded A Little Bit in episode 2 of our podcast.


Florence’s #FeministFave is Second Shelf bookshop in the West End which sells rare and antiquarian books, modern first editions, ephemera, manuscripts, and rediscovered works by women.


Beth’s #FeministFave is Lizzo’s new album Cuz I Love You


Pippa’s #FeministFave is the book Fierce Femmes and Notorius Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom


Funeral Flowers Bernie Grant Arts Centre May 29 - June 1


Salt. Royal Court until June 1


Does My Bomb Look Big In This Soho Theatre until June 8


Yvette The Bush Theatre until June 4 & Manchester Royal Exchange June 6 - 8


Firecracker (First Bite) Ovalhouse June 6 - 8


Sweat The Gielgud June 7 - Jul 20


Fantabulosa! Touring outdoor festivals across England until September


Kill Climate Deniers The Pleasance June 4 - 28

(including a Bechdel Theatre post-show audience discussion on June 8)

Apr 22, 2019

This episode was sponsored by Stagedoor.

 Lyn Gardner is the critic for the Stagedoor app. In the past she has written theatre reviews for The Guardian, The Stage and The Independent. She also writes children’s novels.


Ava Wong Davies writes about theatre for Exeunt Magazine, The Stage, and on her own blog. Her debut as a playwright: i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) was at VAULT Festival this year.


Read what Lyn wrote about Ava’s play i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) on Stagedoor, and Pippa’s piece of embedded criticism about the play on our blog.


Ava's #FeministFave was her friend Eve Allin, who writes about theatre, art and music.

Lyn's #FeministFave was American poet and essayist Adrienne Rich.


Audience #FeministFaves were:

Jasmine Paris - a runner who became the first woman to win the 268 mile ultra-marathon Spine Race while breastfeeding.

Carol Christ - an academic who writes about women in religion and Goddess Feminism.

Claudia Jones - the Trinidad-born political activist and community leader who founded Notting Hill Carnival.


Beth’s #FeministFave was art critic duo The White Pube.

Pippa #FeministFave was menstrual product activist Amika George.




Dismantle this Room Royal Court Apr 6 - 27

White Pearl Royal Court May 10 - Jun 15

Salt Royal Court May 14 - Jun 1

A Piece of The Continent The Actor’s Centre until Apr 27

I’m Here, Where Are You? Cambridge Junction Apr 26 - 27

Out Of Water Orange Tree Theatre Apr 27 - Jun 1

Rebel Season The Albany Apr 11 - Jun 1

Funeral Flowers The Bunker Apr 15 - May 4

Fuck You Pay Me The Bunker May 7 - 19

A Life Sentence at Cat's Back Theatre (Wandsworth Arts Festival) May 5 - 6

Ad Libido Soho Theatre May 7 - 11

Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself Ovalhouse

May 9 - 25

The Party Somewhere Else Nottingham Playhouse May 14 - 18

Calm Down Dear Camden People’s Theatre from May 27

Rotterdam on tour to locations including: Oxford, Manchester, Eastbourne, Southampton, Birmingham until Jun 22

The Amber Trap Theatre503 Apr 24 - May 18

J'Ouvert Theatre503  May 29 - Jun 22



Mar 15, 2019

Chi Thai is a Vietnamese born, British raised filmmaker. She has been a Cannes Lions finalist three times and her work has competed at Academy accredited festivals. She is part of the Guiding Lights alumnus & listed in Creative England’s Top 50 companies.  She is currently in production with Automat, a new film starring Sophie Wu.


Chi is one of the founders of BEATS: a not-for-profit organisation founded by British East Asians working in Theatre and across the Screen industry seeking to humanise British East Asians, increase the visibility of British East Asians on stage and screen, and advocate for the use of the term British East Asian.


Chi’s #FeministFave is White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.




The Ridiculous Darkness The Gate Theatre until Mar 23


Us Against Whatever Hull Truck Mar 27 - Apr 3


Homegrown Festival: Occupy Battersea Arts Centre Mar 19 - Apr 12


The Phlebotomist Hampstead Theatre Mar 19 - Apr 20


Pah-La The Royal Court Apr 3 - 27


Going Through The Bush Mar 28 - Apr 27


Small Island National Theatre Apr 17 - Aug 10


Waitress Adelphi Theatre until Oct 2019




Mar 4, 2019


Lauren Steele is a drag king, burlesque performer and activist. She is a founding member of Pecs drag king collective, and performs as Thrustin’ Limbersnake.

Pecs latest show SEX SEX MEN MEN is on at The Yard until March 16. Watch the iconic trailer for the show now.

Lauren’s #FeministFave is The LOL Word comedy, a collective made up of queer womxn and non-binary comics. They host regular nights at The Albany and have been performing a show at VAULT Festival with a ‘prom night’ theme.

Beth’s #FeministFave is Generation Z, especially the teenagers taking part in the School Strike for Climate.

Pippa’s  #FeministFave is Jeanette Winterson’s book Written on the Body.

Be in our audience: Bechdel Theatre Podcast is recording LIVE at VAULT Festival on Sunday March 10 at 16:45.

More recommendations…

Becoming– Stratford Circus Arts Centre March 6 – 9

I’m A Phoenix, Bitch – Battersea Arts Centre until March 9

The Paper Man – Soho Theatre until March 9

Boots – The Bunker until March 16

And The Rest Of Me Floats – The Bush until March 16

The Trick – The Bush until March 23

Inside Bitch – The Royal Court until March 23

Richard II – The Globe until April 21

Emilia  – Vaudeville Theatre March 8 – June 15

A Hundred Words For Snow – Trafalgar Studios March 5 – 30

96 Festival – Clapham Omnibus until March 31

Smack That (A Conversation) – Ovalhouse until March 16 and touring to locations including Essex, London, Portsmouth, Oxford, Salford, Newcastle, and Salisbury throughout 2019.

Jan 25, 2019
Dr Naomi Paxton is a performer and feminist theatre historian who wrote her PhD on the work of the Actresses' Franchise League. She has published two books of Suffrage plays with Methuen Drama, and is currently Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 
Naomi is the curator of Dramatic Progress, an exhibition at the National Theatre, which runs until January 26.
Naomi also performs at comedy, cabaret and variety nights as her character Ada Campe
Naomi's #feministfaves were Vik Groskop's How to Own the Room, Cicely Hamilton's Marriage as a Trade Elizabeth Robin's Way Stations
Pippa's was Claude Cahun
Beth's was the She's All Fat podcast. 
Shows to see at VAULT Festival...

Inside Voices (Jan 23 – 27)

Juniper and Jules (Jan 23 – 27)

Dangerous Lenses (Jan 23 – 27)

Lola (Jan 23 – 27) 

17 (Jan 23 – 27) 

Salaam (Jan 30 – Feb 3)

Fatty Fat Fat (Jan 30 – Feb 3)

Hear Me Howl (Jan 30 – Feb 3)

Succubus (Feb 1) 

The LOL Word (Jan 25, Feb 15, Mar 15) 

Pecs: King for a Night (Feb 2)

Elf Lyons: Love Songs To Guinea Pigs (Feb 13 -15) 

Shotgun Carousel: Eat Your Heart Out (Feb 16)

Smoke Weed Eat Pussy Every Day (Feb 22-23) 

i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) (Feb 27 – 28)

Woman! Pilot! Pirate? (Feb 27 - Mar 3)

Galvanise (Feb 27 - Mar 3)

Brazilian Wax XXL Mar 2

The Family Jewels (Mar 8).

Can I Touch Your Hair? (Mar 8 – 9)

10 (Mar 13 – 17).

Aaand we have even MORE recommendations for 2019, including touring shows, and productions running throughout the year, which can all be found on our New Year Blog!