In Summer 2023, Guptanya Studios and Leading Lady Creative co-produced The Leading Lady Club, a show about women's experiences with dating apps, heartbreak, self-defense, workplace interactions, and all things mansplained to them. Imagine sketch comedy-meets-group therapy in this hilariously dark commentary on what it means to be a woman in the world today. Inspired by interviews with real women of different backgrounds, ages, races and experiences. Written by Sarah Hogewood.
The show had a sold-out Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theatres in New York City before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it ran for a week at the Infirmary on Greenside Street. An interview with Hogewood was featured in Playbill and met with rave reviews from The Scotsman and Fringe patrons.
Praise for The Leading Lady Club
Sisterhood is an incredible thing. In a world where women are often marginalized from birth, made to shrink themselves in order to fit predetermined expectations of "proper" behavior, there is power in the ebullient communication that can occur between a group of women analyzing their lives.
A deeply moving and poignant piece on what it means to be a woman walking through todays society. Equally heart breaking and hysterical, the writing is spot on and whip smart.
- Daniel, Fringe Patron
If you've ever been told that your symptoms are "probably nothing", that you're "not as hot as your profile picture", or that you're "pretty good for a woman" - or, indeed, if you know anybody who has heard anything like this - then you'll be engaged by The Leading Lady Club.
- The Scotsman
A powerful, insightful, moving little show that anyone who identifies as a woman will relate to. Well written and directed. The actors were outstanding. Well done ladies.
- Andrea, Fringe Patron