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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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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.