Young Artist Bursary – Bad Aunts

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.

Want to know more about the project? Read on…

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 coming months, we will be speaking to community groups about their experiences; how accurately and helpfully the entertainment industry portrays aging; and how well contemporary society is equipped to deal with a rapidly growing older demographic. These will 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.

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.

Bad Aunts are currently looking for participants for their Female Ageing Adventure!

Welcome to our one-time interactive space for women to discuss growing older: the pressures, misconceptions and joys. We are seeking a small group of women aged between 40 and 70 to participate in our Focus Room, a discursive and interactive space centred on finding solidarity in the female ageing process and support for one another. The room will have visual and auditory stimuli for the group to respond to, as well as the opportunity to provide written responses. It will be a relaxed and fun ninety minutes. The session will be recorded for the personal use of the facilitators. There will be food and drink! – To get involved email

June 30 2019

11:30 – 13:00
Arts One, Queen Mary, University of London

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

Edinburgh Fringe from 31 July – 25 August at Gilded Balloon
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