Calm Down, Dear 2021

“Brilliant people doing brilliant things. Space to talk about feminism. A world to be proud of living in” – theatre commentator Maddy Costa, on ‘Calm Down, Dear’.

One year on from its cancellation-by-Covid, the UK’s original and best festival of innovative feminist theatre returns, with three weeks of blistering performance celebrating the female experience and the fight for gender equality.

CDD21 features Georgie Jones’ “charming and touching”, 5* solo Ish… alongside hot-off-the-press performances on menstruation and miscarriagefemininity and post colonialism, and the commodification of female bodies, created and performed by artists from Luxembourg, Bulgaria, south-east Asia and beyond.

This festival will destroy the patriarchy in three weeks flat – or your money back*

*Just kidding

Shows in this Festival

Mon 28 Jun, 2021

Presented by: Various Artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Mon 28 Jun, 2021 to Sat 17 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Natasha Wright

Featuring an all-female-identifying ensemble from the UK and USA, this tactile exploration of myth and womanhood unfolds in the space between a webpage and a notebook

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Tue 29 Jun, 2021

Presented by: Lora Krasteva

A transnational, bilingual attempt, based on true events, to tell a story of corruption, media manipulation and political oppression

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Wed 30 Jun, 2021

Presented by: Hot Lemon

For women, says Susan Bordo, hunger is one of our most insistent cravings and the pre-eminent source of our anger. Now I want to eat the world. Will you join me at the table? 

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)

Thu 1 Jul, 2021 to Wed 28 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Carolyn Defrin

One new artwork every day for 28 Days. 28 Days Greater is a collection of 28 short films celebrating the creative power of the menstrual cycle through poetry, moving image, music and sound.

Tickets Pay What You Can

Thu 1 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Carolyn Defrin

Sneak a peek at the 28 films comprising ‘28 Days Greater’ with creator Carolyn Defrin in conversation with collaborating filmmaker, Rosie Powell and special guests.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Fri 2 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Esther Shanson

A mad-hatteresque party celebrating surviving three years of un-birth-day secrets. Here’s one: On the night I was supposed to play an irreverent Virgin Mary, I had a miscarriage. 

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Fri 2 Jul, 2021 to Sat 17 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Lucy Dear

She returns to the centre, leaning in close to the camera. She smiles a small smile and nods more assuredly than before. She’s made a decision. She turns and heads to the door. She opens it and goes to leave. Black.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Sat 3 Jul, 2021 to Sat 17 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Georgie Jones

Laced with warmth and hilarity, Ish is part-party, part-epic poem. Spoken word meets standup in celebration of the grotesque and glorious experience that is growing up

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Sat 3 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Succulent Theatre

Work-in-progress on the experiences of two ‘big’ women, showcasing their turbulent relationships with their bodies, eating habits, bodily functions, and their compulsive needs for self-pleasure!

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Mon 5 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Various Artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Tue 6 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Kat Lyons

Using spoken word and autobiographical narrative to take the audience on a journey through premature menopause, questioning societal ideas of age and gender and asking: how do we cope with a changing sense of self

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Thu 8 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Varjack-Lowry

What makes some foreigners more ‘acceptable’ than others? In the borderless world of social media Varjack-Lowry uses Melania Trump as an avatar to explore what it means to be foreign and female.

Tickets Pay What You Can, from £3

Fri 9 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Natalie B. Wong

Pi Pi has finally arrived on the shores of England. Follow Pi Pi on an integration journey into London and witness their transformation from immigrant to QUEEN!!!!

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Fri 9 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Lorna Meehan

One woman’s candid, hilarious and heart wrenching journey to fix her dysfunctional vagina, and ditch shame. Incorporating verbatim stories, poetry, and a little Vagi-oke. Buckle up, we’re going in deep.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Sat 10 Jul, 2021

Presented by: ELOINA

Education and society misplaces menstruation as the reclusive, dirty villain in young women’s real-life fairy-tales. FISH DON’T BLEED says F*** THAT MOTHERF***ERS. Let’s kill the taboo from its root.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Mon 12 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Various Artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Tue 13 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Ella Dorman-Gajic

Exploring a series of sexual encounters that don’t go to plan, this sharp new comedy delves into female pleasure & sexual power in its many forms.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Wed 14 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Maya Shimmin

A semi-autobiographical inquisition into the mind, exploring how mental health and normal life can be warped by taking just one pill

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Thu 15 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Beth Watson

Autobiographical comedy about coming out as a lesbian, only to discover that boys are also appealing. Hasbian fills Millennials with buzzy nostalgia, while exposing queerphobia in the most liberal of cities.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Fri 16 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Larisa Faber

A modern-day chick flick but with a real naked body, honest conversation and not about men. A show about the tick tock of the biological clock, live - scored using gynaecological instruments.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Fri 16 Jul, 2021

Presented by: Notes from Underground

A game of wits, an unrelenting seduction of ego, an obsessive desire for acceptance, or an extravagant expansion and inexplicable unity of mind and soul...what even is...love?

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)