Bechdel Theatre began in 2015 as a twitter campaign to get theatre-goers using the Bechdel test, to start conversations about on-stage representations of women, and to raise awareness of the work of women in theatre amongst feminists who use the Bechdel test to choose and talk about films and TV but don’t regularly go to the theatre.
@BechdelTheatre promotes plays which pass the test with flying colours, recognising shows where women are notably present. We help female-led shows of every style and scale to get the audiences and recognition that they deserve, and help feminist viewers choose shows they may be interested to see.
Bechdel Theatre Podcast is hosted by Beth Watson and Pippa Sa, with special guests each episode. It includes reviews, previews, interviews and discussions about gender and feminism on stage.
The podcast features the views and opinions of feminists from other backgrounds and industries talking about how theatre contrasts, compares and relates to other artforms, media and popular culture in a feature called #BringAFeministFriend.
Our first creative venture, generating new work representing diverse and authentic female characters and relationships by using real-life Bechdel test passing conversations as sources of inspiration.
We ask women to record their own conversations and email them to us. We then give the recordings to playwrights who create new work in response to what they have heard.
The first scratch night showcasing work inspired by Bechdel Testing Life was at Theatre Delicatessen’s Old Library on January 21st 2017.
To facilitate deeper discussion of the roles of women on stage, encourage the engagement of feminists with the theatre world, and above all to celebrate women in theatre, Bechdel Theatre Festival has been hosting pop-up conversations in theatres since March 2016.
An open and accessible alternative to formal Q&As, Bechdel Theatre Festival conversations take place in theatre bars and cafes, with creatives and audience members invited to informally share ideas and responses on an equal
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