Young Artist Bursary – Bad Aunts

Empowering and working alongside young people has always been at the heart of what we do at Phakama. Supporting young people’s creativity is what drives us and makes this organisation special and therefore Phakama offer a yearly bursary of £1000 to young people aged 16 – 25. In addition to the bursary money, the Young Creatives will receive a mentor selected from the Associate Artist team to support them achieving their project aims. This year we have been working with fantastic duo Eloïse and Elinor and their production Bad Aunts.

Bad Aunts​ is about the power of inter-generational collaboration; smashing prejudice through sharing ideas and information; and laughing at f*ck-ups and foibles.

Hi – we’re Eloïse & Elinor, Co-Creators of ​Bad Aunts​! We’re so excited to be working with Phakama over the coming months, bringing all generations of people together through fun and laughter to celebrate community in its many forms.

Subverting the Saturday night staple, meet your hosts Maz, Jo and Dee: three women on the wrong side of forty – or so they’re told. The Bad Aunts extend a warm and wacky welcome to their living room, where friends and neighbours from all walks of life join them on the sofa to offload their agonies.

And the Aunts have plenty of their own, too. Maz is trying to get back into work after a long hiatus; Dee is trying desperately to write The Play of Our Time; and Jo just wants some time alone to fantasize about the Postie…

Celebrating all the sunshine and the sh*t of living in a community, Bad Aunts is Graham Norton crossed with Ab Fab with a splash of Some Mothers do ‘Ave ‘Em and a sprinkle of Sex and the City.

Bad Aunts​ is heading to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, with a couple of regional stops in between. But we’re not just a theatre show, oh no no.

Over the past few months, we have been speaking to community groups about their experiences; how accurately and helpfully the entertainment industry portrays ageing; and how well contemporary society is equipped to deal with a rapidly growing older demographic. These have been, and will continue to be, shared as podcasts. We hope the chat show format of the live show will continue the conversation and create a discursive community within the audience itself.

Where can you see Bad Aunts?

Camden People’s Theatre in London on 27th July

Edinburgh Fringe from 31 July – 25 August at Gilded Balloon 

For more information, check out our website: ​https://www.untowardprod.comListen to our podcasts: ​https://soundcloud.com/auntsbad

Follow us!

Facebook: /AuntsBad
twitter/Instagram: @AuntsBad

Bad Aunts​ was performed at the Brighton Fringe 3-5 May at Sweetwerks 2