Image © Courtney Pauroso/Soho Theatre

Five Current Shows By Female Writers You Should See

Billie Manning

Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre
Beg, borrow and steal (or put your name in for the ticket lottery, or queue up early for a standing ticket) in order to get tickets for this instant-sell out return of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s infamous Fleabag. Waller-Bridge first performed the raucous monologue that marked her out as a talent to watch in 2013, the world laughed and cried at its television adaptation, and this 2019 run will be the last time she will take on the mantle of the chaotic eponymous character. Bound to be a bundle of fun.
20 August - 14 September
Gutterplum by Courtney Pauroso at Soho Theatre
American comic Courtney Pauroso marks her UK debut with Gutterplum, a show combining clowning and burlesque with a feminist/surrealist slant. Pauroso has made her name in the US for her unusual comedic style, so expect an hour of laughs and gasps at this ‘heartwarming’ yet ‘deceptively dark’ show.
24 - 26 July and 9 - 21 September
Algorithms by Sadie Clark at Old Red Lion Theatre
Called ‘a bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation’, Sadie Clark’s one-woman show looks at the loneliness epidemic through the trials and tribulations of her hapless heroine, whose previously perfect life complete with job, flat and girlfriend has just taken a sharp turn towards disaster, and whose online travails aren’t providing her with any answers at all.
12 July

Hotter by Mary Higgins and Ell Potter at Soho Theatre
What do I need to know? Ell and Mary, best friends and ex-girlfriends, want to investigate sex and truly understand what makes people hot and horny at every age. So they thought they’d make a show about it! Ell and Mary interviewed people aged 11 – 93 about what makes them sweat, what makes them moan, and have asked them to describe - in detail – what their orgasms are like.

11 June – 7 September
Clown Sex by Natasha Sutton Williams at Kings Head Theatre
Writer Natasha Sutton-Williams also performs in this trifecta of one-woman shows. Meet three characters contending with bad sex, sad sex and sometimes even clown sex - this hat trick reminds us all of the squelchy, awkward and sometimes even glorious sides of sex.

13 - 14 July
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