Tristan Bates Theatre

To She Or Not To She

Threedumb Theatre presents 


by Emma Bentley & Holly Robinson 


Saturday 9th February 




“Frailty thy name is woman?! Oh get stuffed Will!”


Armed with the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, some rudimentary feminism and a lot of questions, Emma is here to find out exactly why she can't play Hamlet. Or Macbeth. Or Iago. Or even just a downright Fool. And not just on stage but in real life! In this semi-autobiographical solo show, Emma Bentley dons the trousers as she tackles the trials and tribulations of playing Shakespeare's men ... without a codpiece.

To She or Not to She started development at Morley College Waterloo after winning their Edinburgh Create, Scratch, Refine, Repeat Competition. Following previews at Playbox Theatre Company, The Bike Shed Exeter and Buxton Fringe Festival the show played at Pleasance Courtyard winning the special Commendation for solo performance from NSDF. The show went onto a sell-out show at the Lyric Hammersmith as part of their festival for young theatre makers; Evolution and further toured to the Burton Taylor Studio Oxford and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud.

Katherina Reinthaller (Worklight Theatre’s Labels, Edinburgh Fringe First Award) directs Emma Bentley in this feminist exploration of women in theatre.



Emma Bentley



Director Katherina Reinthaller

Associate Director Holly Robinson

Dramaturg Anna Beecher



“Bentley’s magnetic presence, knowingly comic takes on drama school life and passionate political outlook make for a warm and sparklingly funny performance.” – Scotsman

“This is the sort of person who could sell Shakespeare to any classroom of hormonal teenagers.” - A Younger Theatre



This production is presented as part of Threedumb Theatre's Six Plays, One Day. The ticket pricing works as follows:

1 show - £8.00

2 shows - £14.00 (12.5% discount)

3 shows - £20.00 (17% discount)

4 shows - £25.00 (22% discount)

5 shows - £28.00 (30% discount)

6 shows - £30.00 (37.5% discount)





Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee entry to the performance once it has begun. The Actors Centre reserves the right to refuse entry.


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