Theatre

14 March 2020

Sasha Velour blew my mind with her incredible theatre show Smoke and Mirrors

On Monday (March 9th, 2020) I finally got the opportunity to see one of my all-time favourite RuPaul's Drag Race winners Sasha Velour take to the stage, with Smoke and Mirrors. As ...

19 February 2020

Review: Ghost Stories, The Lowry, Salford

Written by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, Ghost Stories is an intriguing and terrifying stage production, which brings three stories of the paranormal to life through a narrator and three ...

22 January 2020

Review: Kay Mellor's Band of Gold, The Lowry, Salford

I'm a sucker for a crime drama. So, when my mum started getting excited about a show called Band of Gold coming to The Lowry in Salford, based on a three-series ...

12 December 2019

The Bodyguard the Musical review, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I'm mad about The Bodyguard. Ever since I saw the movie in my teenage years, it's been one of my all-time favourite go-to films when I want to enjoy a singalong and ...
29 October 2019

Review: On Your Feet!, Palace Theatre Manchester

On Your Feet! is a relatively new jukebox musical, first hitting the stage in 2015. As such, the show has actually never been on the road across the UK - ...
27 September 2019

The Thunder Girls review, The Lowry, Salford

After reading Melanie Blake's incredibly-addictive debut novel, The Thunder Girls, I was excited to see the four women I'd fallen in love with on the pages of that book up on ...

18 September 2019

Review: 9 to 5 the Musical, Palace Theatre Manchester

The story is absolutely ridiculous, and the characters' actions are unbelievable throughout, but that's all part of the magic with 9 to 5 the Musical, now playing at the Palace Theatre ...

4 August 2019

The Doodle Pop team share their inspiration for the show

Coming all the way from Korea, Brush Theatre present the utterly beguiling follow-up to smash hit Woogie Boogie. DOODLE POP is 55 minutes of sheer delight in the form of ...

4 August 2019

Theo Toksvig-Stewart shares what inspired his new play Endless Second

Writer Theo Toksvig-Stewart’s new play ENDLESS SECOND is about consent between a young and in love couple. Ahead of the show’s run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theo talked to Female ...

4 August 2019

My inspiration for Post-Mortem by Iskandar Sharazuddin

Writer Iskandar Sharazuddin’s play POST-MORTEM fuses physical theatre, dance and gripping new writing to present an unflinching, complex and comedic look at young love; the giddy joy, the fragments, the trauma ...

30 July 2019

Lizzie Vieh shares the inspiration for her new show Monsoon Season

Ahead of bringing her dark and twisted tale of paranoia and addiction, ‘Monsoon Season’, to the Edinburgh Fringe, upcoming New York playwright, Lizzie Vieh, tells Female First what inspired her ...

30 July 2019

The inspiration for With Child by Claire Pointing

When I first started writing this show pregnancy was on my mind, lots of friends were having children and I really wanted to have a baby myself. Then it got ...

29 July 2019

Baba Brinkman shares the inspiration for his new show Rap Guide to Culture

Science rapper BABA BRINKMAN tackles the culture wars and identity politics in his latest from the much loved and highly acclaimed Rap Guide series with BABA BRINKMAN’S RAP GUIDE TO ...

29 July 2019

Patricia Cornelius shares the inspiration for her new show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Coming directly from the incredibly prestigious theatre festival VENICE BIENNALE TEATRO 2019, long-time collaborators - writer Patricia Cornelius and director Susie Dee - shine a neon striplight on the intersections ...

28 July 2019

The inspiration for ‘Don’t Be Terrible’ by Ellen Waddell

I wrote ‘Don’t Be Terrible’ with Oliver Milburn, and the initial idea was inspired by a break-up. It was 2017 and had been performing stand up for a few years ...

25 July 2019

Kirsten Vangsness shares the inspiration behind Cleo, Theo and Wu

Powerhouse storyteller KIRSTEN VANGSNESS is best known as the unforgettable Penelope Garcia from CBS’ Criminal Minds. She is bringing two very different yet equally barmy shows of female empowerment in rep ...

23 July 2019

Rebecca Perry shares the inspiration for her new show From Judy To Bette

Canadian Triple Broadway World award-winner REBECCA PERRY, loved for her Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl shows will be diving all-singing and all-dancing into the Golden Age of Hollywood with FROM JUDY TO BETTE: THE ...

22 July 2019

Clare Bartholomew discusses her new show The Long Pigs

One of Australia’s most respected and established clown tropes enter a macabre world of abattoir dwelling, grey nosed, genocidal clowns, hell-bent on purging the world of their red nosed compatriots. ...

16 July 2019

Why my mum is my inspiration for my new show After You

We’re close but we’re not that “My mum is my best friend, I tell her everything” kind of close. I love her and I see myself in her. And the ...

11 July 2019

Richard Saudek shares the inspiration for his new show Beep Boop

Award-winning physical comedian and clown RICHARD SAUDEK puts his heart and body into this human tale of one man’s cripplingly lonely obsession with technology, in BEEP BOOP. The show combines ...

10 July 2019

Taigé Lauren shares the inspiration for her new show Searchers

Ahead of taking her latest creation, ‘Searchers’, to the Edinburgh Fringe, Seattle-based poet, performance artist and singer/songwriter, Taigé Lauren, talks to Female First about what inspired her to write her ...

5 July 2019

Ed Coleman reveals the inspiration for his new show Leave A Message

Comedian and actor ED COLEMAN (as seen in Steptoe & Son, and SPY) is taking a true story theatre piece to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. LEAVE A MESSAGE is ...

4 July 2019

Tatiana Pavela reveals the inspiration for her new show Brandi Alexander

Seattle-based performer TATIANA PAVELA is bringing her intimate and brutal one-woman show BRANDI ALEXANDER to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is a primal scream of a show about rape: Howlingly funny and agonisingly uncomfortable. ...

3 July 2019

Diana Dinerman reveals the inspiration for her new show Detour: A Show About Changing Your Mind

Ahead of bringing her autobiographical feminist comedy, ‘Detour: A Show About Changing Your Mind’, to the Edinburgh Fringe, LA-based writer, comedian and actor Diana Dinerman tells Female First what inspired ...