Published February 2, 2024

In March we celebrate International Women's Day but to us - it's not just a day!

This March you can enjoy a whole month of female-led performances in honour of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

From a play written whilst walking the South West Coast Path, to the return of the self-proclaimed 'Queenager' Mary Tudor  - the season explores themes of nature , sexuality, body image, empowerment, addiction - and so much more! All whilst celebrating the female voice, past and present.

The Shows

As She Likes It | Mon 04 Mar, 7:30pm

Right of Way | Mon 11 Mar, 7:30pm + Q&A

Musclebound | Thu 21 Mar, 7:30pm

Bloody Mary: Live! | Sat 23 Mar, 7pm

Gamble | Thu 28 Mar, 7:30pm


£12 - £8 per show with concessions available.

£5 for all students and under 25s

Ticket Offer

To make sure you can catch as many of the shows as possible we have a performance offer running - add three shows to your basket and we’ll deduct £2 per full price ticket! (Please note: this offer does not apply to concession or £5 student tickets)

Katy Danbury, Performance Programmer at Exeter Phoenix introduces the opening show, As SHE Likes It:

“As SHE Likes It kicks off a month of celebrating women’s stories in honour of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

The writer, Chloe Wade, has been mentored by Olivier Award Winning Playwright, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia – The Globe / West End, Obsession – Netflix), who described the script as "incredibly powerful and really funny."

This contemporary Brechtian-style play is a darkly comedic explosion of multimedia, verbatim, cabaret and drag that tackles discrimination head on and champions voices that have been silenced for too long. The show features creative captions and integrated audio description, which assumes the role of another character. The UK-wide tour has received a plethora of five star reviews and comes to Exeter for one night only. Expect a highly entertaining, exhilarating and inspiring night out!”


Of Right of Way, she says:

“Innovative, interdisciplinary local theatre maker Beth Bowden was selected as one of the VAULT Five 2023 artists. After watching Beth perform Right of Way at last year’s VAULT Festival, I am thrilled to include her story as part of our celebration of women’s voices, which allows us to intimately follow an inspiring mother/daughter relationship in the face of adversity.

Taking inspiration from walking the South West Coast Path, this award-nominated show charts Beth’s lived experience of disability, chronic illness and being a Young Carer; lovingly weaving tender memories with poetry and physical movement, accompanied by integrated creative captioning and evocative images projected across the stage.

Beth’s mesmerising performance is beautifully framed by a set made of water, salt, soil and live plants, which she interacts with throughout her storytelling journey, illustrating the connection between land and body. Ultimately, full of heart and hope, Right of Way shows us how we can find joy, feel connected to the landscape, and prioritise our wellbeing. There will be a post-show Q&A with a panel of local artists and University of Exeter academics discussing the themes of the show.”

Accessible Performances

We are proud to include a number of accessible shows throughout our performance programme.  Hard of hearing audiences can enjoy captioned performances of 'As SHE Likes It' and 'Right of Way', as well as BSL interpreted performance in Gamble. 'As SHE Likes' It also features integrated audio description for visually impaired audiences. Please email katy.danbury@exeterphoenix.org.uk if you have any questions or would like any more information.