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Bechdel Theatre to create production based on women’s conversations

Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson in Escaped Alone at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Bechdel Theatre, the campaign that aims to improve the representation of women on stage, has launched an initiative that will see real-life conversations inspire a new production.

The campaign is calling on women to record conversions that pass the Bechdel test – women talking about something other than a man – and submit them for the project, which will be staged at Theatre Delicatessen’s new south London home [1] in Burgess Park next year.

The recorded conversations will be given to a team of writers, directors and actors who will use them to make a piece of theatre that will run on January 21.

Beth Watson, founder of Bechdel Theatre, said: “We’re doing this as a creative project following on from the conversations we’ve been having in theatres this year, about the ways women are represented on stage, and how to increase the diversity of roles and relationships to reflect the real world.”

She added that she wanted to hear from “real women from all backgrounds” and said the conversations would inspire writers “who are keen to represent female characters and relationships with authenticity”.

More information about the event, and how to take part, can be found here [2].