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Accidental Conference: The Aftermath

Accidental Conference: The Aftermath

2nd March 2015

Did everyone have a lovely weekend?

Judging from the pile of comment cards we got back, those of you who came along to our Accidental Conference with Guardian Women in Leadership had a fabulous time on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who joined in, whether you were leading a workshop or taking notes from the third row.

Check the #AccidentalConference hashtag on Twitter to see some of the highlights.

We kicked off with a panel on the value of volunteering and the importance of female role models. Well, we already know that they’re important – but have you ever considered becoming one? Hopefully we didn’t give everyone too much to think about at 11am on a Sat…

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Dolly calls time on Time of the Month

Dolly calls time on Time of the Month

23rd February 2015

As inspirational evenings go, this was a five star one. There I was in Dagenham with a very good friend who has just survived the onset of a ruptured brain aneurism (I know, amazing). We were contemplating how we would stretch the M&S dine in for two I brought round for four (I forgot about the kids), all the while I was telling her about Funny Women's new event Time of the Month - Scratch Night. “What’s a scratch night?” she said, and I explained it’s basically when you can share any material, and I mean any material, without being judged.

Now this is when I checked the time it started. It started at 6pm. It was now 5.45pm, I shot up gave my friend a m…

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Shaw's Women

Shaw's Women

19th January 2015

Women frightened George Bernard Shaw, according to the programme notes for this witty double bill of one-act plays from Jane Nightwork Productions.

Yes, ladies scared the great man – but they also impressed him. Like a Wonderbra. Hence two short plays written almost 30 years apart that tackle the comic subtleties of how women negotiate their relationships with men.

As Erica Jong once said, “Men and women, women and men. It will never work.” Except, somehow, it usually does.

'Village Wooing' was written in 1933 and it's very difficult to see what the woman, 'Z' (Madeleine Hutchins), sees in the man, 'A' (Mark Fleischmann). A will, i…

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Refuge raise the roof

Refuge raise the roof

15th January 2015

Last night we are pleased to say that a line up of funny women and a great audience raised more than just a laugh for Refuge. In fact they raised over £10,000 for the domestic violence charity. 

We were at Kings Place last night with Benefit Cosmetics and Refuge to see some of the best in female comedy. Tiff Stevenson hosted the show and was very excited to get a chance to see some of her fellow funny women as "we never get booked for the same shows so we rarely see each other" (we are working on it Tiff!). 

Lucy Porter was first up and revealed to us why she thought of herself as a ninja now she has reached her forties before Bridget Chris…

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Fascinating Aida are offensively charming on their UK tour

Fascinating Aida are offensively charming on their UK tour

5th January 2015

It’s fascinating how Fascinating Aida get away with their risqué material, but after thirty years in the business, we can excuse them. They wrote the rule book.

With a brief introduction by a posh, sarcastic male voice over who we assume to be the long suffering husband of one of these brilliant ladies, the enter the stage with gusto and let rip at the start of their UK tour, Charm Offensive.

Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman make up the titillating trio, reviving us with middle class songs that highlight everyday concerns. Most have topics that are relatable (Old Home and Cheap Flights), but others most would struggle to relate to, or at least claim they …

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