Bechdel Testing Edinburgh 2019
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Shows that have come on our radar as being likely to pass the Bechdel test at Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
The Bechdel test, as featured in Alison Bechdel's Dykes To Watch Out For comic strip, asks:
"Are there two women? Do they talk to each other? And do they talk about something besides a man?"
In the comic strip the character uses this critera to choose which movie to see.
We use it to choose what to watch on stage.

Artists & shows can self-identify as passing the test*.
We cannot see every show to find out their exact content is, so inclusion in this sheet is not an endorsement or recommendation.
Look out for our stickers on the posters of shows we have seen and verified as passing the Bechdel test.
If your show's not on this spreadsheet & you think it should be - drop us an email including all the details. Equally, if your show is on here and it shouldn't be, let us know!**

*For this spreadsheet we will include any shows where womxn make up the majority of the cast team, and will assume they talk to each other unless we hear otherwise.
We believe gender-diversity means more than just women, Alison Bechdel's Dykes To Watch Out For comic strips include multiple Trans* characters so we feel that while the wording of the test isn't inclusive, the spirit & origin of it is.
Therefore inclusion on this list is based on gender/s currently under-represented in theatre, a group which includes non-binary, gender-fluid, genderqueer, agender, and trans masculine artists.
Where possible we will check and confirm whether non-binary and trans male artists want their shows to be included, to avoid misgendering by association. It should not be assumed that all artists in this sheet identify as womxn.

**Please be patient awaiting our response and feel free to remind us - Bechdel Theatre is run & operated solely by 2 people & does not currently recieve regular funding.
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TitleArtist/CompanyVenueTimeLengthDate/sPriceKey info
00ArgonautPleasance Dome10:5060 min31 Jul - Aug 25 (not 13)
The final hour of 1999. Two bickering sisters flee a party. Two outcasts prepare for the apocalypse.
Gilded Balloon Old Tolbooth Market
1 - 4 AugSpoken Word
A Khoisan WomanSummerhall18:0060 min8 Aug
A Womb of One's OwnPleasance Dome14:5060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13, 22)
About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption
Isma AlmasGilded Balloon Teviot14:4560 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)
Stand up comedy explores transracial adoption, gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury.
About Time/BullySian Davies/Thanyia MooreLaughing Horse @ City Cafe19:1060 min1 - 25 Aug
Stand up double bill
Accidental CoconutNjambi McGrath
J the T at Marlin's Wynd
16:051 - 23 Aug (not 12)PWYC
Ada Campe & The Psychic DuckAda CampeThe Stand's New Town Theatre
AlaskaSummerhall14:0050 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12, 19)
AlgorithmsSadie ClarkPleasance Courtyard12:4560 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
All Of MeCaroline HortonSummerhall15:1070 minJul 31 - Aug 25 (not 12, 19)
An intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark.
AnguisSheila AtimGilded Balloon Teviot16:0060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)
Cleopatra's death by asp is a common myth, largely scientifically disproven. Set in a broadcast recording center, Anguis is an imagined conversation between the great pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary immunologist
Ask A Stripper
Gypsy Charms and Stacey Clare
Bob's Blundabus19:5055 min1 - 25 Aug (not 14 21)
BackwardRosie JonesPleasance Courtyard19:0060 min31 Jul - Aug 25 (not 12)
Bait: Kill The Princess
Michelle Madsen and Liz Margereson
Spiegelyurt15:4050 min1 - 25 Aug (not 7, 17, 21)
Bible JohnPoor MichellePleasance Courtyard15:5060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
1969 at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow, three women are murdered by an Old Testament-quoting serial killer, nicknamed Bible John. He has never been caught. 2019, four women bound by their obsession with true crime want to change that.
BirthTheatre RePleasance Courtyard12:0075 min1 - 25 Aug (not 12)
visual theatre piece with live music exploring the bond between three generations of women, their shared loss and the strength they discover in each other.
Black Is The Colour of My VoiceApphia CampbellGilded Balloon Teviot16:0060 min
Aug 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
Returning show inspired by Nina Simone
Blood and GoldMara MenziesScottish Storytelling Centre14:0060 min1 - 26 Aug (not 12, 19)
Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in a contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery by award-winning Scottish Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies.
BloomBecky BrunningLaughing Horse @ Espionage15:0055 min1 - 25 Aug (not 5, 19)
Becky accidentally got gay married and now the biological clock is ticking
BurgerzTravis AlabanzaTraverse TheatreVarious70 min1 - 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19)
Butch PrincesaAndrea SpistoSpiegelyurt18:2060 min2 - 25 Aug (not 13)
CactusJemima FoxtrotBar Bados20:1560 min3 - 24 (not 15)
a solo show featuring new poems and songs exploring confessional art and modern life in her unique voice.
CauliflowerLeila NashefBar Bados15:3060 min3 - 24 Aug (not 14, 21)
comedic solo show blends storytelling, spoken word and music exploring food, growing up and our relationships with our mums
CollapsibleEllie KeelAssembly Roxy13:2060 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 14, 21)
Essie's lost her job. Her girlfriend’s left. But she's alright. Except lately she feels more like a chair than a person. One of those folding chairs. Solid one minute. And then.
Comedy QueersSian DaviesLaughing Horse @ The Counting House23:3060 min1 - 24 Aug
Mixed bill of standups
Desiree's Coming EarlyDesiree BurchHeroes @ The Hive19:40
Do Our BestRemy BeasleyUnderbelly Cowgate14:5060 min1 - 25 Aug (not 12)
Self-obsessed Sephie finds herself back in the sanctuary of the Girl Guides following the death of her Mother.
Double DenimUnderbelly Cowgate20:4060 min1 - 25 Aug (not 12)
Australian sketch show
DrowningPleasance Courtyard14:3060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
In 1991, four Austrian nurses were charged with murdering 49 patients in their beds, but were suspected of killing up to 200.
E8Pleasance Dome16:1060 min31 Jul - 25 Aug(not 14)
In a school for excluded pupils in Hackney, Bailey waits for a decision that could change her life
ElectricUnderbelly Cowgate17:4060 min1 - 25 Aug (not 12)
Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two sides of Dublin City, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, Electric probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are while taking you on the session of a lifetime
ElectrolyteWildcardPleasance Courtyard17:2070 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 3, 10)
EnoughTraverse Theatre companyTraversevarious80 min1 - 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19)
Enough is a fragmentary and intense journey into female friendship and what happens when you can no longer be the woman people want. Written by Stef Smith
Esther Manito: CrusadeEsther ManitoGilded Balloon Teviot16:0060 min
31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)
Stand up comedy
EyeconGeorgie MorrellGilded Balloon Teviot14:0060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)
Stand up comedy
FATTY FAT FATKatie GreenallPleasance Courtyard15:1560 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
Fix UsThe BareFace CollectiveUnderbelly Cowgate12:2060 min1 - 25 Aug (not 12)
Lee has autism, Zara has CHARGE syndrome and Kirsty has Cerebral Palsy. They eat rules, boxes and labels for breakfast. Just wait til you meet their alter egos.
FOC It UpKemah BobGilded Balloon Patter Hoos23:1560 min
2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 Aug
For Sukh's SakeSukh OjlaGilded Balloon17:15
31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)
£8.50/£9.50 (£7.50/£8.50)
FoxPleasance Courtyard11:3060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
New mum & homeless man
Girl Scouts vs AliensAssembly George Sq12:1060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13, 20)Kids show
GobbyUnderbelly Cowgate18:2560 min1 - 15 Aug
A biting and heartfelt odyssey about what it really means to be loud
Gold Diggers
Susie Steed / Ella Al-Shamahi
1 - 18 Aug
Hitler's TastersGreenside @ Infirmary St18:3560 min2 - 24 Aug (not 11, 18)
Eleanor Dillon-Reams
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre19:1560 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 14)
Flipping the bird to the patriarchy and dancing in the face of adversity, Kate's story represents a generation's search for purpose. Performed by the writer, it's Fleabag meets Kate Tempest with a dash of dirty bass.
HOTTERUnderbelly Cowgate20:0060 min12 - 25 Aug
How To Be BraveRoundabout @ Summerhall15:4560 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 1, 6, 13, 20)
Solo play. When Katie was little, she was brave: climbing trees and riding bikes too fast. Now Katie’s a mum, she must be brave in a new way.
How To Catch A D*ckLondon HughesPleasance Courtyard20:1560 min1 - 25 Aug (not 12)
How To Save A LifeGlass Half Full TheatreUnderbelly
I, AmDramHannah MaxwellPleasance Courtyard14:0060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)
I'm A Phoenix, BitchBryony KimmingsPleasance Courtyard17:3080 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)
Identity CrisisPhina OrucheC aquila16:5570 min11 - 26 Aug (not 19)
This comic tale examines Phina's observations on what others have made of her black identity as a model, actress, radio presenter and writer in the fickle media world. Nine characters: black, white, old, young, male, female. One woman
JosephineGilded Balloon Teviot20:0060 min31 Jul - 12 Aug
theatre, cabaret and burlesque to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker
Kanata Cabaret HourCanadahub19:0060 min21 - 24 Aug
a radical offering of dance, music and live art from uniquely Indigenous and Scottish perspectives. This isn’t your coloniser’s cabaret, it's self-determined Indigenous badassery!
LadybonesPLeasance Courtyard11:2560 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12, 19)
Archaeologist Nuala unearths a skeleton and her ordered life starts to unravel. Digging into the mystery of the bones, can she handle the chaos of what she discovers?
Last Of The Pelican DaughtersThe Wardrobe EnsemblePLeasance Courtyard16:4080 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 17)
The Wardrobe Ensemble grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death.
LemonCatherine BohartPleasance Courtyard18:0060 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 13)
Len Blanco: Firing BlancsLen BlancoJust The Tonic @ The Charteris Centre21:2060 min1 - 24 Aug (not 12, 13)
Life Is No Laughing MatterDemi NandhraSummerhall13:0060 min31 Jul - 18 Aug (not 5 or 12)
mental illness, suicide and radical cure attempts
Love (Watching Madness)Pleasance Courtyard11:3555 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 18)
a searingly honest and personal one-woman show investigating the complexities of loving someone with mental illness.
Lucille and CeciliaAssembly Rooms13:2560 min1 - 24 Aug (not 12, 20)
Physical comedy
Lucy Farrett - LoisLucy FarrettUnderbelly Cowgate17:0060 min1 - 25 Aug (not 13)
Lois: your new favourite action hero. She fights the man, steals from the rich and eats punks for breakfast.
Madame OvaryRosa HesmondhalghPleasance Dome12:1060 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
explores the typical struggle a 20-something has with trying to stay relevant and the less typical struggle of trying to stay alive.
Man on the Moon
Keisha Thompson
Summerhall19:1075 min20 - 25 Aug
Father/daughter relationship
MARAThe New VictoriansPleasance Dome14:0060 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)
multidisciplinary piece, celebrating women through time by means of sound manipulation and electro-acoustic music, performed live by The New Victorians. An ensemble-driven piece starring an all-female Maltese company
Miijin KiIndigenous Contemporary SceneSummerhall16:0060 min20 - 24 Aug
Minor DisruptionsKatie PatersonParadise in Augustines18:4545 min3 - 25 Aug
Invites the audience to play and share in the queerness of childhood.
Misspelled YouthBar Bados23:0050 min3 - 24 Aug
An action-packed hour combining elements of storytelling, clown and cabaret, themed around coming-of-age sexual awakenings and queer adolescence. Lauren and Giulia will take you on the ride of your life
Mista LorraineMr LorraineL. Horse @ Beir Keller13:4555 min1 - 25 AugPWYC
MOOT MOOTCade & MacAskillSummerhall13:308 - 25 Aug
My Dead Best FriendSummerhall17:1531 Jul - 25 Aug
My Father the Tantric MasseurRoann McCloskeyAssembly George Sq22:1060 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12, 19)
A reserved English father turned Tantric Masseur. A Muslim mother who insists on open dialogue. Roann has been caught in the middle since seven, furiously masturbating... Roann McCloskey navigates life as a post #MeToo queer, British-Algerian woman in this award-winning sell-out productio
My Mum's A TwatAnoushka WardenSummerhall17:3070 min
31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 1, 12, 19)
Anoushka Warden performs her funny and honest account of losing her mum to a cult in a new version directed by Debbie Hannan. A teen-spirited and gangsta rap fuelled survival guide to growing up with an actual twat for a mum
Native Girl SyndromeIndigenous Contemporary SceneSummerhall16:202 - 11 Aug (not 5 & 6)
Neither Here Nor ThereJo Fong and Sonia HughesSummerhall19:159015-21 Aug
Intimate walking performance about human connection? Welsh
NightclubbingRachael YoungSummerhall15:4560 min31 Jul - 11 Aug
Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones
Not Black And WhiteStrictly ArtsPleasance Courtyard
Oh Yes Oh NoLouis OrwinSummerhall19:2070 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 1, 12, 19)
This is about having sexual fantasies that don't align with your politics. About understanding what you want and wondering how to ask for it. Award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions, taking you on a surreal joyride through female sexuality and violence.
Ophelia is also Dead
OrlandoPleasance Courtyard13:1050 min31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)
PacificSarah KeyworthPleasance Courtyard
Brigitte Aphrodite
Roundabout @ Summerhall17:0560 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 1, 3, 6, 13, 20)
In Margate, an isolated teenager forms a band and finds her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds
Pink LemonadeMika JohnsonAssembly Roxy15:4560 minOdd Dates (1 - 25)
PopsCharlotte JosephineAssembly Roxy
Post PopularLucy McCormickPleasance Courtyard
Prefer Not To SayRiot Road
Paradise in the Vault
Sexy LampKatie ArnsteinPleasance Courtyard14:0060 min
31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)
g, Sexy Lamp sheds a bright light on how ridiculous the industry can be and why Katie is refusing to stay in the dark any longer.
Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With ExpatsSh!t TheatreSummerhall20:0575 min31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 1, 12)
Sh!t Theatre went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found mystery and murder in the fight to be European.
She Can't Half Talk