Bechdel Theatre have been doing some brilliant work in the theatre world since their launch a couple of years ago, when Beth Watson founded the organisation. They support and promote theatre that passes the Bechdel Test. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bechdel Test, it was traditionally used i film and asks three questions:
- Are there two female characters?
- Do they talk to each other?
- About something other than a man?
They’ve organised lots of events, panel discussions, theatre visits and have created an important online platform that champions theatre with three dimensional, female protagonists.
Bechdel Testing Life:
They’re have some exciting Bechdel tested and approved theatre shows coming up at The Bunker Theatre this July. Bechdel Testing Life is an ongoing creative project in which Bechdel Theatre collects recordings of real-life Bechdel Test passing conversations from members of the public, and passes them on to playwrights to use as inspiration. Featuring work from four phenomenal female playwrights: Rabiah Hussain, Isley Lynn, Guleraana Mir and Lizzie Milton, all of who have been creating exciting work of late at a range of theatres around London. Each playwright has written a short piece which will perform as part of this evening.
Where: The Bunker Theatre, London – MAP
When: 7.30pm, 22nd / 23rd July 2017
Why should I go?
There’s a lot of brilliant work being done in theatre at the moment to push women’s stories centre stage. Events and productions like this help to promote a culture where women are no longer expected to hang on to the coat-tails of male protagonists. This is important, as although lots is being done, even now, theatre is still largely dominated by white, cisgendered men and their stories. So whether you are female identifying or not, it’s important to support this kind of work to ensure we make a push forward together. What’s great about Bechdel Theatre is that they’re especially conscious at supporting and talking about intersectional women, so those that are in the LGBT+ community, are BAME or belong to another minority group. We’ll be there, and hope to see you there too!