Crips without Constraints writer Q&A: Rebekah Bowsher


Every week for the next five weeks, we’ll be getting to know the writers from Crips without Constraints part 2 better, with a five quick-fire question and answer session.

This week, it’s Rebekah Bowsher, writer of Flowers for the Chateau. Bowsher is a member of North East Disabled Artist Agitation Group – Disconsortia and a Board Member for Unfolding Theatre Company. Bowsher earned a First Class Degree in Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds and is studying for her Masters of Creative Writing with Open University.

Rebekah’s plays include: Spoon Theory, Running Through Wheat Fields: An Imagined Look at Theresa May’s Life, and Fold. Throw. Repeat. Bowsher’s work has been produced by Live Theatre, Newcastle, Sheer Height Theatre Company, and Spinx Theatre Company. Achievements include North East Artist Development Award, RTYDS Placement with Greyscale Theatre Company and Live Lab Bursary.

Her play Flowers for the Chateau for Crips without Constraints part 2, starring Julie Graham and Naomi Wirthner, can be watched now here.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Writing my first play whilst breastfeeding my then 13 month son who had not slept for more then three hours straight since his birth (and wouldn’t for another year).

When and where were you the happiest?
When I moved into my first place alone – the wonder and the adventure and the sense of self were something I hadn’t experienced before and the lack of ties and responsibilities was freeing. I love my life now but being a parent, having a life partner, a house, a car to maintain, a garden to mow, families to visit – it’s too easy to get sucked into the administration of daily life in a way I didn’t have to back then.

Which living person do you most despise?
Hate takes too much energy that could be put into dismantling the shitty things the Tories are doing.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Virginity. Is that a virtue? I don’t know but it’s this non scientific culturally created thing that’s weaponised to use and abuse girls and women.

How would you like to die?
With significance