LADYFRIENDS [a period drama]
Annie and Christabel are dating. Historians dispute this on the grounds of 'inaccuracies' and 'lack of scholastic rigour' and 'the over-interpretation of the fact that women shared bedrooms'.
LADYFRIENDS is a high-octane romp through love letters, third dates, and lesbian period dramas - via the (probably) true stories of Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst. Rammed with live music and film, it digs up real-life queer history to ask the age-old question: "are we dating, or are we just really good friends?”
[think: a lesbian period drama that crumbles into a failure at creating a lesbian period drama that crumbles into an Alanis Morrisette tribute act, sort of.]
Expect confetti, PowerPoints, and power ballads.
VENUES INCLUDE: Camden People’s Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre, Loco Klub Bristol, Gloucester Guildhall, Shakespeare North Playhouse.
“Clodagh Chapman opts to tell a plausible love story through moments of gig theatre, film and PowerPoint presentations (yes, really, and it’s utterly brilliant)” - Liam O’Dell
“A charming, stripped-back, playful metadrama” - North West End
“A period drama like no other: drawing on questionable historical data, Powerpoint presentations and guitar solos to weave a forgotten queer love story that would make the BBC blush." - Headfirst
“Queer history brought to life with glitterballs, electric guitar, anachronisms and attitude” - Audience feedback
⭑⭑⭑⭑ North West End
Headfirst Editor’s Pick [March 2023]
Writer & Director Clodagh Chapman
Producer Sarah Allen
Assistant Dramaturg Sasha Georgette
Musical Director & Sound Designer Izzy Odelola
Creative Assistant Natasha Lunt
Cast Ellie Mejía & Lucy Mackay
Onstage Camera Operator Christina Holmbek
Additional Voiceover James Varney & Christina Holmbek
Production Photographers Natalie Argent, Emrys Thurgood & Hannah Hulatt
Early Development Team Kat Johns-Burke (Christabel), Hannah Bristow (Onstage Camera Operator), Emma Rogerson, Diana Miranda & Emma Holtom (Dramaturgical Team)
Thanks to Yandass Ndlovu & Libby Williamson
Supporters Camden People’s Theatre, Gloucestershire Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Contact Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre, The Proud Trust, Freedom Youth & University of Manchester