The Well Behaved Women was founded in 2014 by six fresh-faced Drama School graduates.

...a new and exciting all-female theatre company...

We want to push the boundaries of how women are perceived on stage and screen, to provide a platform to give women a strong presence in the arts.

We want to create theatre to show that tragedy or comedy or kitchen-sink drama, can be created to involve women whilst appealing to a gender neutral audience.

Ever heard of the 'Bechdel Test'? Its used as an indicator of gender bias in all forms of fiction. For a work of fiction to pass it must: 

  • Have at least two (named) women,
  • Who talk to each other,
  • About something besides a man.
“(Dog Play Dead) passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours”
— Female Arts

Want to see if your favourite movie passes or fails the test, you can find out at the website.

According to a 2014 study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, in 120 films made worldwide from 2010 to 2013, only 31% of named characters were female, and 23% of the films had a female protagonist or co-protagonist. 7% of directors are women
— Wikipedia, Bechdel Test.

In our first play, "Dog Play Dead": 

  • There is no romance. None. (Shocking, we know!)
  • There aren't just two (named) women, but five!
  • Each character contributes to the plot, but their lives do not centre around the opposite sex.
If we can create theatre that does this, hopefully we can inspire others to do the same.

They also don't rile about the injustices of a male-dominated society or try and persuade everyone to become feminists. They're just a group of girls that get into trouble and somehow must get themselves out of trouble (or try to). 

Our first play, "Dog Play Dead" was written by founding member Anna Thomas-Jones. The 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be a premier not only for the show but for the company as a whole. For more show information and booking details visit,  Shows.