Broccoli and The Bunker presents


written by Eleanor Tindall

directed by Aneesha Srinivasan

"Gorgeous, sparkling and deliciously weird comedy packs serious emotional weight"
The Stage

"It captures the anonymity of London, the emptiness of the bustling city, the hole at its heart without friendship, love and community."
Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

I’m Cally 
And I used to be like you

I used to wear jeans and trainers
and bras, sometimes
I used to buy lettuce with good intentions only for it to turn black and make the whole kitchen smell 

I used to be like you, before 

Cally’s got a Wednesday night off her job at the pub, so she’s at another pub, her local, waiting for her best friend. And it’s there that she spots him - someone immediately, embarrassingly, recognisable. And it’s there that it starts.

Before I Was A Bear is a frank and comic play about growing up, making mistakes and experiencing the shame women are taught about their bodies and desires. It’s about friendship, how we get punished when we mess up and hot TV detectives.   
Cally - Jacoba Williams

Writer - Eleanor Tindall
Director - Aneesha Srinivasan
Designer - Grace Venning
Lighting Designer - Martha Godfrey
Stage Manager - Zara Janmohamed
Producer - Salome Wagaine
Assistant Producer - Eve Allin
Eleanor Tindall is a playwright. Her recent work has been showcased at the Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Almeida. She was part of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab 16-17 and the Young Friends of the Almeida Writers Development Workshops in 2015. 

Aneesha Srinivasan is a writer and director from Pune, India. She co-runs Global Origins Theatre, a company for international and diasporic artists. Recent work includes Origin Stories: scratch night (the CentrE17, 2019) and The Palestinian in the Basement is on Fire by Sami Ibrahim (Little Pieces of Gold at the Southwark Playhouse, 2018). Her writing has been longlisted by the Yard Theatre (2019), Tamasha Playwrights (2018), Pint-Sized (2017, 2018) and Heretic Voices (2017).

Broccoli was set up in 2019 with a focus on presenting and supporting work made by, for or with lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Before I Was A Bear is its first production.

There is a Visual Guide / Access Pack for this performance, which can be downloaded HERE. For more details on accessibility at The Bunker, please click here. Do contact us at [email protected] if you require any more information, or to let us know of any support we can provide during your visit.