Bechdel Theatre Podcast

 

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Beth Watson and Pippa Sa talk gender representation on stage with a different special guest on each episode. Featuring discussion of current and upcoming #BechdelTest friendly theatre shows.

If you’d like to suggest show we should be talking about, or a guest to interview, email bechdeltheatre@gmail.com or tweet @BechdelTheatre.

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Episode Nineteen

VAGINA with Isley Lynn

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 (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 Hackney Showroom 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

 

Episode Eighteen

#RepresentAsian with Katie Leung and Kae Alexander

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 29        

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.

 

Episode Seventeen

Love Songs in Edinburgh with Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

 

 

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

 

Episode Sixteen

Fuck You Pay Me in Edinburgh with Joana Nastari

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.

 

Joana’s #FeministFave shows at Edinburgh Fringe:

Illicit Thrill The Voodoo Rooms 23:35

(even) HOTTER Bedlam 21:30

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

 

More 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

 

 

Episode Fifteen

Fun Home and Hive City Legacy

 

 

 

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, and 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 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show recommendations for August are listed on our pre-Edinburgh blog post.

 

Episode Fourteen

Three Sisters with RashDash

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 then at Tobacco Factor 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 at Shakespeare’s Globe until August 26.

Fun Home The Young Vic June 18 – Sept 1.

Episode Thirteen

Chinese Dreams & Different Women with Jennifer Tang & Ariane Barnes

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!)

Tara Arts presents: I’ll Say It Again! May 2 – June 2

Gracie The Finborough until May 15

Masterpieces The Finborough until May 19

RashDash’s Three Sisters touring until June 15

Grotty The Bunker May 1 – 26

Yvette on tour until May 23

Nightclubbing Camden People’s Theatre, London 8 – 12 May, Cambridge Junction 26 May, Latitude Festival 13 July

Split Britches: UXO 15 – 19 May Barbican & 26 May Take Me Somewhere Festival, Glasgow

Confidence Southwark Playhouse 23 May – 16 Jun

Othello Liverpool Everyman April 28 – 10 Jun

Brighton Festival

Joan

Brownton Abbey

Brighton Fringe

My Feminist Boner

Runny For Money

S/he/it Happens 

A Robot In Human Skin

Love Songs

Efemera

Boxes

Episode Twelve

Journalism, Journeys, and Good Girl with Lisa Francesca Nand

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.

Episode Eleven

#BlackGirlMagic with Giselle Gant

MORE INFO ABOUT EPISODE Eleven…

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. She also gave an honourable mention to Delta Sigma Theta a sorority founded by African American women, which is still active across the world.

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

Frankenstein 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

Episode Ten

Outsourcing and surrogacy in There or Here with Rakhee Thakrar

MORE INFO ABOUT EPISODE TEN…

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 are actress Denise Gough, and Amy Agnew and Caroline Dollman of Global Citizen: a social action platform for a global generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

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
 
 
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
Bicycles and Fish Feb 7 – 11
Joy 10 – 11
Finding Fassbender Feb 14 – 15
Surprise! Feb 14 – 15
Elsa Feb 14 – 18
Egg: Static Feb 16
Conquest Feb 21 – 25
Borderline Feb 24
Episode Nine
Motherhood and memories with Comfort Moye
 
 
 
MORE INFO ABOUT EPISODE NINE…
 
Comfort Moye is an Anthropology student and her University’s POC officer. We watched Apologia at Trafalgar Studios and Racheal Ofori’s Portrait at Rich Mix.
 
Comfort’s #FeministFaves are Plantation Memories book by Grada Kilomba, and the TV series Girlfriends.
 

More recommendations…

 
Six at The Arts 18 December, 8 January, 15 January and 22 January
 
Calm Down Dear at CPT 16th January – 4th February
Led by Racheal Ofori and Heather Agyepong’s So Many Reasons.
 
There or Here The Park 23 Jan – 17 Feb
 
Collective Rage 24 Jan – 17 Feb
 
Rita, Sue and Bob Too Royal Court Jan 9 – 27

The Andrea Project Sat 20 Jan 

 
My Mum’s A Twat Royal Court Jan 8 – 20
 
Bechdel Theatre Workshop at The Mono Box Jan 30th
 
VAULT Festival begins Jan 24th, including The Breaks In You & I 31 Jan — 04 Feb
 
Episode Eight

Feminist Witches with Lauren Barri Holstein and Michelle Barwood

 
 More info about Episode Eight…

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein also known as ‘The Famous,’ is a New York-raised, London-based feminist performance maker who holds a PhD on ‘The Agency of the Displayed Female Body: The Political Potential of Negative Affects in Contemporary Feminism and Performance’.

Lauren’s #FeministFaves are Sara Ahmed‘s book ‘The Promise of Happiness, Lauren Berlant, Nao Bustamante, Ann Liv Young, Julia Bardsley, Kira O’Reilly, Maria La Ribot, Lois Weaver and Split Britches.

Michelle Barwood is an actor, writer, shit feminist, bad vegan, witch. Michelle watched Queens of Sheba, produced by Nouveau Riche at Camden People’s Theatre, and In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503.

Michelle‘s #FeministFave is Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising project.

More recommendations…

Jubilee at Manchester Royal Exchange until Nov 18 & Lyric Hammersmith in Feb.

Damsel Develops The Bunker Nov 13 – 19.

The Butch Monologues Soho Theatre Nov 21 – 24th

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager! TARA Theatre Nov 21 – 25 and touring until May.

Pecs Soho Theatre 4 – 9 December

Bad Roads Royal Court Wed 15 Nov – Sat 23 Dec

 
 
Episode Seven

Whitewashing in ‘Angel’ at the Arcola. With Tutku Barbaros.

 
 
 More info about Episode Seven…
 
Tutku Barbaros is an actor, writer, and member of Plunge Theatre. Tutku’s review of Angel at The Arcola was published in The Tung and Sister-hood.
Tutku’s #FeministFaves are Mona EltahawyDeeya KhanLeyla Hussain (Three #FeministFaves who also featured in Epsiode 3!), the essay collection Nasty Women, and the sitcom My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

More recommendations…

A Dangerous Woman & Elsa at Soho Theatre Nov 4.

Wings at the Young Vic until Nov 4.

Portrait by Racheal Ofori UK Tour Nov 1 – 12.

Apologia at Trafalgar Studios until Nov 18.

Notorious created and performed by The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein UK tour Oct 20 – Nov 23.

White by Koko Brown at Ovalhouse Nov 15 – 25.

No Place Like Hope at The Old Red Lion Nov 7 – 26.

Muvvahood by Libby Liburd London Tour 3 Nov to 1 Dec.

Contractions produced by Deafinitely Theatre at New Diorama Nov 1 – 29.

Episode Six

Come As You Are festival with Lucy J Skilbeck, Lucy Parkinson, and Amie Taylor.

 
More info about Episode Six…
 
Lucy J Skilbeck (aka Leo) is one of the founders of award-winning theatre company Milk Presents, and writer and director of BULLISH: a new mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity. BULLISH is headlining Camden People’s Theatre’s Come As You Are festival of performance that interrogates and celebrates gender from cis to trans, from binary to beyond.
 
Lucy Parkinson is one of the four performers in BULLISH and stars in JOAN, also written by Skilbeck, which won critical acclaim (and a Bechdel Theatre sticker) at Edinburgh Fringe last year, and has been touring for the past year.
 
Leo’s #FeministFave is performance artist David Hoyle, whose legendary anti-drag persona The Divine David became an alternative LGBTQ cult icon in the 90s, and who continues to make performances and films which address class and social issues, mainstream gay culture, and his own mental health.
 
Lucy Parkinson’s #FeministFave is their Mum, who’s not on Wikipedia or social media (as far as we know), but apparently goes to see all their shows, so if you want to maximise chances of crossing paths with said Mother, we recommend you book to see Parkinson in JOAN on tour, or performing as Drag King LoUis CYfer, as well as catching BULLISH at CPT.
 
Amie Taylor is the founder of LGBTQ Arts, a review website which has recently launched Raising Our Voices, an initiative to support and showcase up-and-coming LBT+ writers. Read her article on Huffington Post about why LGBTQ+ representation can’t mean just cis gay men.
 
Amie’s #FeministFave is actor and comedian Jessica Williams, who is the star of Netflix original romantic comedy film The Incredible Jessica James. Jessica is also one half of the brilliant 2 Dope Queens podcast.
 
Bullish is at Camden People’s Theatre until Sat 30 Sept
 
Raising Our Voices is at Camden People’s Theatre on the 20th & 27th Sept 
 
(You can buy tickets to see both of these in one night with CPT’s 2 shows for £16 deal!)
 
Also recommended:
 
Half-Breed at Soho Theatre until Sept 30th.
 
Boudica at The Globe on until Oct 1st.
 
Turkey at The Hope Theatre 26th Sept – 14th Oct
Episode Five

Live from Edinburgh! With Tanya Loretta Dee, Charly Clive, Ellen Robertson, and Rebecca Humphries.

 

 

 
 
 More info about Episode Five…

Tanya Loretta Dee is starring in Offside by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish @ Pleasance Courtyard 15:40.

Tanya’s #FeministFave is The Color Purple, originally a book by Alice Walker, adapted into a film in 1985 starring Whoopi Goldberg, and a Broadway musical, which is touring the US later this year.

Comedy duo ‘Britney’, aka Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson, are starring in Britney in: John @ Bedlam Theatre 18:30

We talked about Britney’s previous show on Episode 2: Live from Vault Festival.
 

Rebecca Humphries is the writer of Prom Kween @ Underbelly Cowgate 20:35

Rebecca’s #FeministFave is Julia Davis: comedian, actress, writer, director and producer, most famously creator and star of the comedy series Nighty Night.
 

For more Fringe tips, our blog has a long list of Edinburgh shows we recommend seeing, and a shorter but more detailed list of our Fringe #FeministFaves.

 
 

If you’re not in Edinburgh (or are listening in the future…) never fear! The majority of the shows that do well at the Fringe will tour across the country, so make sure you get them on your radar ahead of their inevitable future success.

This episode was recorded far from home (and our usual recording equipment) so please forgive the variable sound quality.

 

Thanks to Funny Women, The Gilded Balloon and Apex Hotel for our locations.

 
 
Episode Four

Interview with Yolanda Mercy and Jade Lewis: writer/performer and director of ‘Quarter Life Crisis’, plus our recommendations for Underbelly Cowgate at Edinburgh Fringe, and shows opening in London and touring this summer.

 More info about Episode Four…

Yolanda Mercy is a London based Actor and Playwright. She trained at the renowned Brit school, Laban and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Yolanda is a winner of the Rich Mix Small Story Big City Award and Associate Artist at OvalHouse Theatre.

Jade Lewis is a director who has worked at Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre and The Royal Court (where she assisted debbie tucker green). Jade is a Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre and Emerging Artist at Ovalhouse Theatre, and also runs workshops in schools and youth groups.

Yolanda’s #FeministFaves: The Secret book by Rhonda Byrne, and Youtuber Lilly Singh.

Jade’s #FeministFaves: Singer/songwriter Nina Simone and sprinter Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

The Scar Test by Hannah Khalil – The Place Theatre, Bedford June 21st, The Bohemian Balcony Swindon June 26-27th, and Soho Theatre July 5-22nd.

Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court June 3 – July 8th Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell collaborate again after last year’s production of Ophelia’s Zimmer, with a play about 3 generations of women.

Rotterdam at The Arts Theatre June 21 – July 15th

The Globe’s Summer of Love, including Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night, until August 5th

Herstory Feminist Theatre Festival at Balham N16, including Lekhani Chirwa peforming ‘Can I Touch Your Hair?’ June 18-19th

Bechdel Testing Life at The Bunker. Four short plays based on real conversations by Isley Lynn, Guleraana Mir, Rabiah Hussain and Lizzie Milton. July 22-23rd.

Underbelly Cowgate at Edinburgh Fringe recommendations…

Quarter Life Crisis 14:40

Joan (August 21-27th) 19:20

Prom Kween 20:35

Episode Three

#BringAFeministFriend special on representations of Muslim girls, with Firdos Ali and Shaneela Rowah Al-Qamar talking about An Evening to Launch Homegrown and The Diary of A Hounslow Girl.

 More info about Episode Three..

Firdos Ali is a playwright, currently writing a musical which will be previewed at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Firdos is co-curator of the Bunker Without Borders, and has 2 pieces of work being staged at the Bunker on April 4th and 8th.

Shaneela Rowah Al-Qamar is a business woman, founder of perfume company The Scented Souq and writer of several books on Arabian and Islamic history.

Firdos’ #FeministFaves: Deeya Khan of sister-hood.comEdna Adan who founded a hospital for women and children in Somaliland, and anti-FGM campaigner Leyla Hussein.

Shaneela’s #FeministFave: Journalist Mona Eltahawy.

We watched…

The Inconvenient Muslim – An Evening to Launch Homegrown at Conway Hall. Some of the publicity around the cancellation of the National Youth Theatre’s production: The GuardianTelegraphChannel 4 and BBC.

Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Featuring Nyla Levy, directed by Sophie Moniram.

HOT TOP –The Bernie Grant Arts Centre is dedicated to supporting culturally diverse artists, including women writers and directors, and they are actively looking for theatre folks who need rehearsal and work space in north London. If you’re an independent theatre practitioner, you can email them: programme@berniegrantcentre.co.uk with a bit about your work and the type of space you’re looking for.

We also saw a reading of Coconut by Guleraana Mir, work in progress to look out for, which we’ll be talking about more in the future.

Episode Two

Live from VAULT Festival with Bella Heesom, Lekhani Chirwa  and Georgina Bobb, discussing Dreamgirls in the West End and Balancing Acts, Fran and Leni, and Britney at VAULT.  Plus our audience, who told us their #FeministFaves. Listen to the end for some top watching, listening and reading recommendations!

 More info about in Episode Two…

All upcoming shows mentioned, and more are listed in the 2017 New Year blog post.

Bella Heesom‘s show My World Has Exploded A Little Bit. Bella an Associate Artist at Ovalhouse, where she’s making a new show about female sexuality with director Donnacadh O’Briain.

Georgina Bobb is a Freelance TV Production Coordinator and founded TVJobsUK.com in 2014, offering masterclasses and coaching to people who want to work in TV. Georgina speaks publicly about living with bipolar to combat the stigma around mental health conditions and illnesses.

Lekhani Chirwa is an actor who trained at Identity Drama School. She is one of three hosts of The Creative Juice podcast. Lekhani wrote and performs in a monologue ‘Can I Touch Your Hair?‘.

#FeministFaves mentioned in Ep 2…

Bella Heesom’s #FeministFaves: Holly Morgan’s Seven Crazy Bitches, performance artist Bryony Kimmings, writer Caitlin Moran, and musician and poet Kate Tempest.

Being Black, Going Crazy BBC Three Documentary available on iPlayer.

Made of Human podcast with Sofie Hagen.

Melanin Millenials podcast hosted by Imrie Morgan and Satia Sa Dias.

50:50 Parliament campaign for at least 50% women in parliament.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, based on her 2013 TED Talk.

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman by Marjorie Shostak.

Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale novel and upcoming TV series on Hulu.

Warsan Shire‘s poetry and book, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth.

Chewing Gum on Channel 4 based on the play Chewing Gum Dreams by Michaela Coel.

Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley.

2 Dope Queens podcast and Phoebe Robinson’s book You Can’t Touch My Hair.

Episode One

Bechdel Testing Panto, Emma Rice’s departure from The Globe, Interview with Jade Anouka, #BringAFeministFriend Competition, Oil at The Almieda and looking forward to 2017.

 More info about Episode One…

Jade Anouka’s poetry book Eggs On Toast, and videos.

I Call Myself A Feminist book, including ‘Hotspur: Superwoman’ by Jade Anouka.

Profile videos of each of the Donmar Trilogy’s prisoner characters.

Clean Break Theatre Company.

Brutus and Other Heroines by Harriet Walter – WIN a copy of this book by sharing your #BringAFeministFriend story for us to include in a future podcast episode! Email bechdeltheatre@gmail.com with a text or audio account of your experience of bringing a non-theatrical feminist to see a stage show.

Jade Anouka’s #FeministFaves: poet Laura Dockrill, Radio DJ Gemma Cairney, poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz.

Emma Rice’s departure from The Globe.

You Me And The Distance Between Us by Ellen Muriel.

Oil at The Almeida.

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