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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|00||Argonaut||Pleasance Dome||10:50||60 min||31 Jul - Aug 25 (not 13)|
The final hour of 1999. Two bickering sisters flee a party. Two outcasts prepare for the apocalypse.
|4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE|
Gilded Balloon Old Tolbooth Market
|1 - 4 Aug||Spoken Word|
|A Khoisan Woman||Summerhall||18:00||60 min||8 Aug|
|A Womb of One's Own||Pleasance Dome||14:50||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13, 22)|
About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption
|Isma Almas||Gilded Balloon Teviot||14:45||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)|
Stand up comedy explores transracial adoption, gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury.
|About Time/Bully||Sian Davies/Thanyia Moore||Laughing Horse @ City Cafe||19:10||60 min||1 - 25 Aug|
Stand up double bill
|Accidental Coconut||Njambi McGrath|
J the T at Marlin's Wynd
|16:05||1 - 23 Aug (not 12)||PWYC|
|Ada Campe & The Psychic Duck||Ada Campe||The Stand's New Town Theatre|
|Alaska||Summerhall||14:00||50 min||31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12, 19)|
|Algorithms||Sadie Clark||Pleasance Courtyard||12:45||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)|
|All Of Me||Caroline Horton||Summerhall||15:10||70 min||Jul 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.
|Anguis||Sheila Atim||Gilded Balloon Teviot||16:00||60 min||31 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 Blundabus||19:50||55 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 14 21)|
|Backward||Rosie Jones||Pleasance Courtyard||19:00||60 min||31 Jul - Aug 25 (not 12)|
|Bait: Kill The Princess|
Michelle Madsen and Liz Margereson
|Spiegelyurt||15:40||50 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 7, 17, 21)|
|Bible John||Poor Michelle||Pleasance Courtyard||15:50||60 min||31 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.
|Birth||Theatre Re||Pleasance Courtyard||12:00||75 min||1 - 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 Voice||Apphia Campbell||Gilded Balloon Teviot||16:00||60 min|
Aug 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
Returning show inspired by Nina Simone
|Blood and Gold||Mara Menzies||Scottish Storytelling Centre||14:00||60 min||1 - 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.
|Bloom||Becky Brunning||Laughing Horse @ Espionage||15:00||55 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 5, 19)|
Becky accidentally got gay married and now the biological clock is ticking
|Burgerz||Travis Alabanza||Traverse Theatre||Various||70 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19)|
|Butch Princesa||Andrea Spisto||Spiegelyurt||18:20||60 min||2 - 25 Aug (not 13)|
|Cactus||Jemima Foxtrot||Bar Bados||20:15||60 min||3 - 24 (not 15)|
a solo show featuring new poems and songs exploring confessional art and modern life in her unique voice.
|Cauliflower||Leila Nashef||Bar Bados||15:30||60 min||3 - 24 Aug (not 14, 21)|
comedic solo show blends storytelling, spoken word and music exploring food, growing up and our relationships with our mums
|Collapsible||Ellie Keel||Assembly Roxy||13:20||60 min||31 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 Queers||Sian Davies||Laughing Horse @ The Counting House||23:30||60 min||1 - 24 Aug|
Mixed bill of standups
|Desiree's Coming Early||Desiree Burch||Heroes @ The Hive||19:40|
|Do Our Best||Remy Beasley||Underbelly Cowgate||14:50||60 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 12)|
Self-obsessed Sephie finds herself back in the sanctuary of the Girl Guides following the death of her Mother.
|Double Denim||Underbelly Cowgate||20:40||60 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 12)|
Australian sketch show
|Drowning||Pleasance Courtyard||14:30||60 min||31 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.
|E8||Pleasance Dome||16:10||60 min||31 Jul - 25 Aug(not 14)|
In a school for excluded pupils in Hackney, Bailey waits for a decision that could change her life
|Electric||Underbelly Cowgate||17:40||60 min||1 - 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
|Electrolyte||Wildcard||Pleasance Courtyard||17:20||70 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 3, 10)|
|Enough||Traverse Theatre company||Traverse||various||80 min||1 - 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: Crusade||Esther Manito||Gilded Balloon Teviot||16:00||60 min|
31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)
Stand up comedy
|Eyecon||Georgie Morrell||Gilded Balloon Teviot||14:00||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)|
Stand up comedy
|FATTY FAT FAT||Katie Greenall||Pleasance Courtyard||15:15||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)|
|Fix Us||The BareFace Collective||Underbelly Cowgate||12:20||60 min||1 - 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 Up||Kemah Bob||Gilded Balloon Patter Hoos||23:15||60 min|
2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 Aug
|For Sukh's Sake||Sukh Ojla||Gilded Balloon||17:15|
31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)
|Fox||Pleasance Courtyard||11:30||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13)|
New mum & homeless man
|Girl Scouts vs Aliens||Assembly George Sq||12:10||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 13, 20)||Kids show|
|Gobby||Underbelly Cowgate||18:25||60 min||1 - 15 Aug|
A biting and heartfelt odyssey about what it really means to be loud
Susie Steed / Ella Al-Shamahi
|1 - 18 Aug|
|Hitler's Tasters||Greenside @ Infirmary St||18:35||60 min||2 - 24 Aug (not 11, 18)|
|Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre||19:15||60 min||31 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.
|HOTTER||Underbelly Cowgate||20:00||60 min||12 - 25 Aug|
|How To Be Brave||Roundabout @ Summerhall||15:45||60 min||31 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*ck||London Hughes||Pleasance Courtyard||20:15||60 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 12)|
|How To Save A Life||Glass Half Full Theatre||Underbelly|
|I, AmDram||Hannah Maxwell||Pleasance Courtyard||14:00||60 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)|
|I'm A Phoenix, Bitch||Bryony Kimmings||Pleasance Courtyard||17:30||80 min||31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12)|
|Identity Crisis||Phina Oruche||C aquila||16:55||70 min||11 - 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
|Josephine||Gilded Balloon Teviot||20:00||60 min||31 Jul - 12 Aug|
theatre, cabaret and burlesque to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker
|Kanata Cabaret Hour||Canadahub||19:00||60 min||21 - 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!
|Ladybones||PLeasance Courtyard||11:25||60 min||31 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 Daughters||The Wardrobe Ensemble||PLeasance Courtyard||16:40||80 min||31 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.
|Lemon||Catherine Bohart||Pleasance Courtyard||18:00||60 min||31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 13)|
|Len Blanco: Firing Blancs||Len Blanco||Just The Tonic @ The Charteris Centre||21:20||60 min||1 - 24 Aug (not 12, 13)|
|Life Is No Laughing Matter||Demi Nandhra||Summerhall||13:00||60 min||31 Jul - 18 Aug (not 5 or 12)|
mental illness, suicide and radical cure attempts
|Love (Watching Madness)||Pleasance Courtyard||11:35||55 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 18)|
a searingly honest and personal one-woman show investigating the complexities of loving someone with mental illness.
|Lucille and Cecilia||Assembly Rooms||13:25||60 min||1 - 24 Aug (not 12, 20)|
|Lucy Farrett - Lois||Lucy Farrett||Underbelly Cowgate||17:00||60 min||1 - 25 Aug (not 13)|
Lois: your new favourite action hero. She fights the man, steals from the rich and eats punks for breakfast.
|Madame Ovary||Rosa Hesmondhalgh||Pleasance Dome||12:10||60 min||31 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|
|Summerhall||19:10||75 min||20 - 25 Aug|
|MARA||The New Victorians||Pleasance Dome||14:00||60 min||31 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 Ki||Indigenous Contemporary Scene||Summerhall||16:00||60 min||20 - 24 Aug|
|Minor Disruptions||Katie Paterson||Paradise in Augustines||18:45||45 min||3 - 25 Aug|
Invites the audience to play and share in the queerness of childhood.
|Misspelled Youth||Bar Bados||23:00||50 min||3 - 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 Lorraine||Mr Lorraine||L. Horse @ Beir Keller||13:45||55 min||1 - 25 Aug||PWYC|
|MOOT MOOT||Cade & MacAskill||Summerhall||13:30||8 - 25 Aug|
|My Dead Best Friend||Summerhall||17:15||31 Jul - 25 Aug|
|My Father the Tantric Masseur||Roann McCloskey||Assembly George Sq||22:10||60 min||31 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 Twat||Anoushka Warden||Summerhall||17:30||70 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 Syndrome||Indigenous Contemporary Scene||Summerhall||16:20||2 - 11 Aug (not 5 & 6)|
|Neither Here Nor There||Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes||Summerhall||19:15||90||15-21 Aug|
Intimate walking performance about human connection? Welsh
|Nightclubbing||Rachael Young||Summerhall||15:45||60 min||31 Jul - 11 Aug|
Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones
|Not Black And White||Strictly Arts||Pleasance Courtyard|
|Oh Yes Oh No||Louis Orwin||Summerhall||19:20||70 min||31 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|
|Orlando||Pleasance Courtyard||13:10||50 min||31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)|
|Pacific||Sarah Keyworth||Pleasance Courtyard|
|Roundabout @ Summerhall||17:05||60 min||31 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 Lemonade||Mika Johnson||Assembly Roxy||15:45||60 min||Odd Dates (1 - 25)|
|Pops||Charlotte Josephine||Assembly Roxy|
|Post Popular||Lucy McCormick||Pleasance Courtyard|
|Prefer Not To Say||Riot Road|
Paradise in the Vault
|Sexy Lamp||Katie Arnstein||Pleasance Courtyard||14:00||60 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 Expats||Sh!t Theatre||Summerhall||20:05||75 min||31 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|