Deborah Frances-White: 'Feminists need spirit to change the world'
- Deborah Chu
- 26 April 2019
The acclaimed podcast comes to our live stages for a full calendar month of guilty feminism
Though podcasts are now a fixture on the comedy scene, few have quite reached the heights of The Guilty Feminist. Conceived in 2015 by Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen as a platform to discuss the topics 'all 21st-century feminists agree on', whilst poking fun at the personal hypocrisies which undermine these ideals, the podcast has since racked up millions of downloads and received widespread acclaim for its funny, thought-provoking discussions on intersectional feminist issues.
While finding humour in abortion and the refugee crisis might seem counter-intuitive, Frances-White points out that comedy is fundamental to the work of feminism. 'Feminists need spirit to change the world, resilience to keep going, and joy to draw others in,' says Frances-White. 'That's why we want this show to be a hilarious, spirited call to arms that'll leave everyone dancing out to change their patch of the world.'
And into her patch she will go, as Frances-White takes the show on the road for a UK tour. Though the podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, she's relishing the chance to do a big show with 'lots more whistles and bells', as well as work with local feminist organisations at each stop. At her Glasgow show, she'll be joined by comedians Rosie Jones, Alison Spittle and Kemah Bob, with music from Grace Petrie.
But who would be her ultimate dream guest on The Guilty Feminist? 'Tallulah Bankhead, the early 20th-century actress and wit who once said, "my father warned me about men and alcohol, but never said a word about women and cocaine". Sex positive. Egalitarian. A diva. The ultimate guilty feminist.'
The Guilty Feminist: Live is on tour from Wed 1 May to Sat 1 Jun.