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 17, 2018

Rubyyy Jones is is a Canadian-born London-based burlesque dancer, cabaret performer and theatre-maker best known as the Queen of Queerlesque. You can find out more about her upcoming appearances, and how to get involved with her courses and classes on her Facebook and Instagram pages.


Rubyyy is currently performing as part of an ensemble cast of 6 in Hole at The Royal Court. Hole is written by Ellie Kendrick, and directed by (previous podcast guests) Helen and Abi from RashDash. It’s on until January 12th.


Rubyyy’s #FeministFave is the Anti Diet Riot Club which hosts events and meet-ups, in London and the UK, that connect people struggling with diet-cycling, poor body image, and disordered eating. They spread the message of body acceptance, radical self-love and fatpositivity.


Beth’s #FeministFave this month is Afua Hirsch’s book Brit(ish).

Pippa’s #FeministFave is Ariana Grande.


More recommendations...


Divine Proportions The Vaults until Jan 12


The Convert Young Vic until Jan 26


Nine Night Trafalgar Studios 1 Dec - 23 Feb


Head-Rot Holiday The Hope until Dec 22


Robin Hood The Watermill Theatre Newbury until Jan 5


Sleeping Beauty Theatre Royal Stratford East until Jan 12


Aladdin Hackney Empire until Jan 6


Rudolf MAC Birmingham Until December 31


Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon Ovalhouse until Dec 30 & Theatre Royal Plymouth Jan 22 - 26

Oct 6, 2018

Isley Lynn is an American-born, London-based playwright and poet. Her play Skin A Cat opened at VAULT Festival in 2016, where it won Pick of the Year, and was nominated for four Off West End Awards for its transfer as inaugural production at The Bunker.

Skin A Cat’s upcoming tour dates are The Other Room Cardiff Oct 8 - 13, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough Oct 19-20, and Isley’s adaptation of The War Of The Worlds (created in collaboration with Rhum and Clay) is at New Diorama London January 8-9.


Isley’s #FeministFave is the singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco.


More recommendations...


Kingdom Camden People’s Theatre Oct 9 - 11


Come As You Are Festival touring Derby, Peterborough, Exeter, and Poole until Dec 1


Divine Proportions The Vaults until Jan 12


Medusa Nuffield Theatre Southampton Oct 11 - 13


I'm a Phoenix Bitch Battersea Arts Centre Oct 3 - 20


Skate Hard Turn Left Battersea Arts Centre Oct 9 - 13


Britney Battersea Arts Centre Oct 16 - 17


Silence Mercury Theatre Colchester  Oct 12 - 20


Burgerz Oct 23 - Nov 3


White Teeth Kiln Oct 26 - Dec 22


Blacktress season Tristan Bates Theatre Oct 4 - Dec 22


It’s True, It’s True, It’s True New Diorama Theatre Oct 16 - Nov 10.


Pickle Jar Soho Theatre Oct 23 - Nov 10


Ear For Eye Royal Court Oct 25 - Nov 24


Still No Idea Royal Court Oct 31 - Nov 17

Sep 24, 2018
Katie Leung began her career playing Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films, and has had screen and stage roles in Run on Channel 4, One Child on BBC, The World Of Extreme Happiness at The National Theatre, and Snow in Midsummer at The RSC.
Kae Alexander was most recently seen on stage in The Great Wave at The National Theatre. Her screen acting has included roles in Collateral, Fleabag, Game of Thrones, Bad Education and Ready Player One.
Katie and Kae are currently starring in the drama series Strangers which airs on Monday nights at 9pm on ITV.
Katie's #FeministFave is the My Body Back Project, which runs specialist services, including a cervical screening clinics in London and Glasgow designed especially for women who have experienced sexual violence so they feel safe, relaxed, and their individual needs are met.
Kae's #FeministFave and hero is her Mum, Kim. 
More recommendations...
Hear Me Howl Old Red Lion until Sept 29th
Dance Nation Almeida until Oct 6
Queen Margaret Royal Exchange Manchester until Oct 6
Six The Arts Theatre until Oct 14
Skin A Cat is on tour until Oct 20
The Sweet Science of Bruising at Southwark Playhouse Oct 3 - 27

Twelfth Night
 Young Vic 2 Oct - Nov 17
Heathers Theatre Royal Haymarket until Nov 24
Everything I Am Camden People's Theatre 2-5 Oct Natasha Simone. 
Aug 17, 2018

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi has written and is performing in Love Songs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Underbelly Cowgate, 14:40, everyday until August 26th)

Alissa studied law at university before realising her true passion for creative writing. She has been performing spoken-word for a year, and Love Songs is her first full-length show: an autobiographical story told with poetry, music, and audience volunteers.
Alissa's #FeministFave shows at Edinburgh Fringe:
WHITE Pleasance Courtyard 11:30 
WEIRD Pleasance Courtyard 13:45
Awakening Underbelly Bristo Square 14:35
Lost In Thought Underbelly Cowgate 18:40 
More shows we recommended…

Sparks Pleasance Courtyard 11:30

Sticks & Stones, and Island Town Summerhall (times & dates vary)

Sarah Keyworth Pleasance Courtyard 17:30

Evelyn Mok Pleasance Courtyard 18:00

Yana Alana Assembly Checkpoint 20:00

Aug 9, 2018
Joana Nastari has written and is performing in Fuck You Pay Me at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Assembly Rooms, 15:25, every day except 14 & 21). 
Fuck You Pay Me is a poetic, surreal, and no-holds-barred REAL love-letter to strippers. It follows a day in the life of Bea, a stripper whose Brazilian Catholic mother has just found out what she does for a living.
Other shows Joana recommended:
Illicit Thrill The Voodoo Rooms 23:35 
(even) HOTTER Bedlam 21:30

Miss Venezuela Just The Tonic at The Mash House 22:10

Shows we recommended:
Baby Daddy Assembly Rooms 18:20 (until August 13) 
Dangerous Giant Animals Underbelly Cowgate 12:00
Zoo Assembly George Square 11:00
Dominoes Assembly George Square 12:00
For Londoners not in Edinburgh:
Emilia at The Globe Aug 10 - Sept 1
Jul 14, 2018

Lisa Fa'alafi and Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg are the Director and Assistant Director of Hive City Legacy: a riotous new show by a league of extraordinary Femmes Of Colour, created in association with legendary Australian performance collective Hot Brown Honey.

Hive City Legacy is at The Roundhouse until July 21.  

Hot Brown Honey are performing their own show at London's Southbank Centre on July 24 - 28 and throughout August at Edinburgh Fringe.


Lisa's #FeministFave was Cocoa Butter Club, a queer cabaret collective of colour, who hold regular showcases at Her Upstairs, and are performing a show at Roundhouse after Hive City Legacy on July 20th.


Yami's #FeministFave was OSHUN, an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Their debut studio album, bittersweet vol 1, is out now.


Cherrelle Skeete is currently playing Joan in Fun Home at the Young Vic - the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of the same name. Cherrelle previously played Char in Ella Road's The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre, and originated the role of Rose Granger-Weasley in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in the West End.


Cherrelle is a founder of Blacktress UK, an organisation which supports Black Womxn actors in the UK through regular meet ups, workshops and events. You can keep up with Blacktress on Instagram (Black Womxn only), Twitter and Facebook.


Cherrelle's #FeministFaves were poet and activist Staceyann Chin; the writing of Audre Lorde (in particular Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals); Sista! an anthology of writing about Same Gender Loving Black Women; and All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks.


All of our recommendations for August are listed on our pre-Edinburgh blog post.

May 29, 2018
RashDash Theatre Company are Abbi Greenland, Becky Wilkie and Helen Goalen. They have been making shows together since 2009, and have been called "The punk princesses of late night theatre". Their new show Three Sisters (after Chekhov) is at The Yard London until June 9 and Tobacco Factory Bristol June 12 - 16
Helen's #FeministFave was playwright and RashDash collaborator Alice Birch.
Becky's #FeministFave was singer/songwriter Regina Spektor.
Abbi's #FeministFave was her follow members of RashDash (see above!).
Beth and Pippa's #FeministFaves this month were Reni Eddo-Lodge's podcast About Race, and the KOC (Kings of Colour) Initiative, founded by drag king Zayn Phallic.
More recommendations...
The Yellow Wallpaper Clapham Omnibus 5 - 24 June
Leave Taking Bush Theatre until June 30
Spun Arcola Theatre 27 June–28 July

As You Like It & Hamlet Shakespeare's Globe until August 26
Fun Home The Young Vic June 18 - Sept 1
May 6, 2018
Jennifer Tang is the director of Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok, which is currently touring and can be seen this month in Derby, Watford, Sheffield, Hexham, and Coventry. 
Jennifer's #FeministFave is performer and theatre-maker Lucy Ellinson, who was most recently seen on stage in Jubilee.   
Ariane Barnes is an actor, singer, comedian, writer and founder of the Different Women Project, which is dedicated to celebrating diversity and difference in the performing arts.
Ariane's #FeministFave is Gina Torres, best known for her TV roles in Angel and Suits
Beth's #FeministFave this month is Star Trek: Discovery
Pippa's #FeministFave this month is Janelle Monae.
More recommendations...
The Year of The Rooster Monk The Pleasance May 22 - Jun 3 
Use the code BECHDEL10 to get £10 tickets for any performance, if you book before May 22nd (we're going to see it on the 23rd!)
A season of women's work at Wandsworth Fringe
Gracie The Finborough until May 15
Masterpieces The Finborough until May 19
RashDash's Three Sisters touring until June 15
Grotty The Bunker 1 - 26 May
Yvette on tour until May 23
Camden People’s Theatre, London 8 – 12 May
Watch Out Festival, Cambridge Junction 26 May
Latitude Festival 13 July
15 - 19 May Barbican, London 
26 May Take Me Somewhere Festival, Glasgow

 Southwark Playhouse 23 May - 16 Jun
Othello Liverpool Everyman April 28 - 10 Jun
Shadows In Different Shades Sheffield May 24 - 25
Brighton Festival
Brighton Fringe
Mar 21, 2018
Lisa Francesca Nand is a journalist, travel writer and broadcaster. She was the first female presenter on TalkSPORT, and hosts her own podcast The Big Travel Podcast.
We went with Lisa to see Good Girl by Naomi Sheldon at VAULT Festival. The show has since transferred to Trafalgar Studios, where it is running until March 31st.
Lisa's #FeministFave is the book A Good Time To Be A Girl and its author Helena Morrissey: a City CEO, mother of nine, and founder of the influential 30% Club which campaigns for gender-balanced UK company boards.
More recommendations...
Coconut Ovalhouse 11 - 28 April, and touring until June 30.
Scene Camden People's Theatre 10 - 14 April.
Half-Breed Soho Theatre 16 - 21 Apr.
Chisholm 72 Barbican Cinema 18 Apr
Nine Night National Theatre 21 April to 26 May.
Mountains: Dreams of Lily Kwok UK tour until 2 June.
Our Country's Good Touring to Leeds, London, Sheffield and Birmingham, until 2 June.
Mar 7, 2018
Giselle Gant is an Emmy-winning actor, theatre-maker, and presenter (known for her 'Black To Life' series on BET Her). Giselle was born and raised in Manhatten.
Nathalie Adlam is Artistic Director of theatre company Les Foules, who won the VAULT Festival Origins Award for Outstanding New Work in 2015.
Giselle and Nathalie are the creators of The Year of The Rooster Monk, running at VAULT Festival March 7 - 11.
Giselle's #FeministFave is Shirley Chisholm, who was the United States first black congresswoman, and the first woman to run for President in 1972.
More recommendations...
So Many Reasons Ovalhouse Mar 6 - 10
Use the code BECHDEL12 to book for our special International Women's Day celebration on March 8th for a discounted ticket and free espresso martini!
Good Girl Trafalgar Studios throughout March.

Leftover Women
 Cockpit Theatre 
11 Mar 

Yvette WOW Festival Southbank Centre 10 & 11 Mar | UK Tour 16 April to 23 May


Electra The Bunker 27 Feb - 24 Mar


The Great Wave National Theatre 10 March to 14 April

 The Space until March 10


Juniper and Jules Theatre503 Mar 18 - 19


Dollywould Soho Theatre Mar 19 - Apr 14


Tina The Musical Aldwych Theatre from March 21st


The Party Somewhere Else Nottingham Playhouse Mar 20 - 24


Strike A Light Festival Gloucester City 21 - 27 Mar

Boots VAULT Mar 7 - 11
Timothy VAULT Mar 14 - 18
Things That Do Not Count VAULT Mar 14 - 18
Jan 28, 2018

Rakhee Thakrar is best known for her long-running role on Eastenders playing Shabnam Masood. Her theatre credits include: Astronauts of Hartlepool (Vaults Festival); Lalita's Big Fat Asian Wedding (Curve Leicester); Pyaar Hai (Rich Mix); Free Booze (Edinburgh Fringe)


Rakhee is currently starring in There or Here at the Park Theatre until Feb 17

Bechdel Theatre are hosting a post-show after the evening performance of There or Here on Thu Feb 1st

Rakhee's #FeministFaves: 

Denise Gough

Amy Agnew and Caroline Dollman of Global Citizen.

Our #FeministFaves:

Reni Eddo-Lodge's book Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

Mary Beard's book Women in Power.

More recommendations...
Bechdel Theatre Actors Workshop at The Mono Box with guest director: Madelaine Moore of The Thelmas The Old Vic Workroom Jan 30
96 Festival Clapham Omnibus Feb 2 - 28
How The Vote Was Won The Bunker Feb 5
Jubilee Lyric Hammersmith 15 Feb ‐ Mar 10
Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself Ovalhouse Feb 21-23
Breaking Loose Festival Bread & Roses Theatre Feb 18 - 25
VAULT Festival
Fuck You Pay Me 24 - 28 Jan
The Breaks In You & I Jan 31 - Feb 4 (Post-show on Sat Feb 3
50-50 1-4 Feb
Mary's Babies Jan 31 - Feb 1
Madonna Or Whore Jan 31 - Feb 4
Double Infemnity Jan 31 - 4 Feb
White Feb 4
The Cat's Mother Feb 7 - 8
The Internet Was Made for Adults Feb 7 - 11 
Bicycles and Fish Feb 7 - 11
Joy 10 - 11
Finding Fassbender Feb 14 - 15
Surprise! Feb 14 - 15
The Vagina Dialogues Feb 14-18
I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream Feb 14-18
Elsa Feb 14 - 18
Egg: Static Feb 16
Frances Farmer: Zombie Movie Star Feb 17 - 18
Cooking With Juniper Feb 17
The Quantum Physics Of My Heart Feb 21 - 25
Conquest Feb 21 - 25
Borderline Feb 24