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CLOWN, ACTOR,  BIG SHOW-OFF...

Photo by Guy Bellingham Photography

Photo Credit: Allan Amato

Some upcoming shows & speaker events for 2020/21:



9 Jan 20 - Speaking at Bicknoller WI

30 Sep 20 - Speaking at Pitminster WI

12 Feb 20 - Speaking at Westonzoyland WI

13 Feb 20 - TNTN @ Red Brick, Glastonbury

18-19 Feb 20 - Peace at Last/Whatever Next @ Greenwich Theatre, London

12 Mar 20 - TNTN @Red Brick, Glastonbury

2 June 20 - Speaking at Montacute WI

21 July 20 - Speaking at Bradford Abbas WI

23 Sep 20 - Speaking at Pitminster WI

29 Nov 20 - The Bluestocking Society at Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival, London

10 Dec 20 - Speaking at Hatch Beauchamp WI

14 Jan 21 - Speaking at Walton WI


I was thrilled to rejoin the brilliant cast of Sublime Boudoir, this time at the achingly beautiful Alder Manor in New York




"In the hands of Leela Bunce, the magic of theatre weaves its spell and an extraordinary hour ensues" (Broadway World)

And so, lockdown hit, and as with every other performer in the country, many plans have gone out the window. In the meantime, I've been doing some online work, planning and writing for a new show for 2020/21 entitled

Tomorrow the Fox or The Tragedy of the Commons

with the brilliant Dan Gaisford, and daydreaming about being back in front of a live audience.


Please support the Arts however you can, where would we be without them? 

Photo by James Millar




After years of running acclaimed cabaret show Night of the Bluestockings in London (Time Out Critics Choice), The Bluestocking Society are BACK, with our touring theatre-cabaret show


SECRETS OF THE BLUESTOCKINGS

An alternative cabaret history of women's lib


Touring the UK 2020/2021


"...a riotous sell-out success.

Definitely recommended!"

Theatre Royal, Nottingham


For the last three years, the Bluestockings have also made original pieces about the voyage of the Mayflower for the Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival, in partnership with Sands Films. With 2020 being the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, we are planning to turn these

pieces into a full length family-friendly show exploring the fascinating

lives of some of the Mayflower's passengers.

Photo by Jonathan Sawyer

Shoebox Theatre - The Library of Lost Memories

The Library of Lost Memories, a new devised show created by Ged Stephenson and me as Shoebox Theatre toured the SW in 2019. With a brilliant Somerset-based creative team, the show explores dementia, memory and identity.

Supported by Take Art and Arts Council England. 

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  "Brilliantly crafted, performed, thought provoking....a delight"

  "A wonderful piece of theatre - exquisite clowning and storytelling

  with real emotional punch."

  Audience Feedback

My solo show, produced by the brilliant Finger in the Pie Theatre Company & directed by Alexander Parsonage, was a five-star hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 and toured the UK Spring 2015. TOP 10 BEST REVIEWED SHOWS OF EDINBURGH FRINGE 2012 – THE LIST


Using clown and puppetry, and based entirely on true stories, the show told the story of women's experience on the Home Front in World War 2


2019 Dates

22 Feb 19 - Sumoraete ealle/Celebrating Somerset, Wells Cathedral

8 March 19 - Secrets of the Bluestockings @ The Grange, Street, Somerset

Tickets available HERE

9 March 19 - Secrets of the Bluestockings @ Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall

Tickets available HERE

13 March 19 - Speaking at Horton and District WI

18 March 19 - Speaking at Watchet WI

22 March 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at Porlock Village Hall Tickets available HERE

23 March 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at All Saints Hall, Langport

Tickets available HERE

30 March 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at Kilve Village Hall

Tickets available HERE

2 April 19 - Speaking at Puriton & District WI

6 April 19 - Speaking at Mark WI

24 April 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at Swindon Arts Centre

Tickets available HERE

26 April 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall. Tickets HERE

17 May 19 - Speaking at Yeovil WI

7 June 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at The Grange, Street. Tickets £10/£8 available from me - please email mail@leelabunce.com

9 June 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at The Lyric Theatre, Bridport. Tickets available HERE

June 19 - Baby Bear in Peace at Last and Whatever Next, Chiffchaff Children's Theatre at Greenwich Theatre, London

12 Sep 19 - Speaking at Glastonbury Townswomens Guild

17 Sep 19 - Speaking at Castle Cary & Ansford WI

14 Oct 19 - Speaking at Chewton Mendip WI

23 Oct 19 - The Library of Lost Memories at BARNfest, Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

24 Oct 19 - One Minute Festival at BARNfest, Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

4 Nov 19 - Secrets of the Bluestockings at Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Tickets available HERE

18 Nov 19 - Speaking at Pilton WI

21 Nov 19 - Speaking at West & Middle Chinnock WI

30 Nov 19 - The Bluestocking Society at Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival


2018 dates

10 March 18 - Secrets of the Bluestockings, IWD Wells

9 May 18 - Secrets of the Bluestockings , Tara Theatre, London

15-16 June 18 - Greenwich Book Festival shows, Greenwich Theatre

1 July 18 - Secrets of the Bluestockings, Shaftesbury Fringe Festival

8 Aug 18 - Flashmob choreographer for Children's World Festival

4 Sep 18 - Speaking at Bridgwater Firecrackers WI

12 Sep 18 - Speaking at Compton Dundon WI

27 Sep 18 - Speaking at Middlezoy WI

13 Oct 18 - Library of Lost Memories, BARNfest, Brewhouse Theatre

18 Oct 18 - Library of Lost Memories, Red Brick Building, Glastonbury

22/24 Nov - Bluestockings @ Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival and Midnight Apothecary @ The Shaft, Rotherhithe.


2017 dates

15 Mar - Importance of Being Earnest, Battersea Barge

24 Mar - Secrets of the Bluestockings, Red Brick Building, Glastonbury

2 April - SCRATCH work-in-progress showcase, Red Brick Building

15 April - Très Très Cabaret, Stafford

25 April - Performing at Stimulating Women, Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

12-14 May - Sublime Boudoir, Alder Manor, New York, USA

26-27 May - The Suitcase & This Child at Greenwich Theatre, London

3 June - Kinky & Quirky, Torquay

10 June - Bluestocking Lounge, Swansea

18 June - SCRATCH work-in-progress showcase, Red Brick Building

10 Sep - Gilded Merkin, Nottingham

18 Sep - Speaking at Taunton Dean Divas WI

18 Sep-22 Sep - R&D week for new show

30 Sep - SCRATCH work-in-progress showcase, Red Brick Building

as part of BARNfest

13 Nov - Secrets of the Bluestockings, The Harrison, Kings Cross

18 Nov - Hundred Watt Club, Gloucester

3 Dec - Gilded Merkin, Cardiff

Cream of the Fringe – ★★★★★

This charming solo performance by Leela Bunce captured my attention and my heart from the off. The performance is compelling and affecting; humorous, moving and vibrant...The design of the piece is stunning and inventive, with beautiful use of props and music. Highly recommended!


Fest Theatre (FEST BEST) – ★★★★★

With endearing warmth and beguilingly subtle humour


EdinburghGuide.com – ★★★★★

It’s been a long time since I’ve been swept off my feet. But tonight, my heart remembered the joyous call of love. Waiting For Stanley is the reason the weather has been so nice at the Fringe this year. It is the friendly glow and cosy warmth that the city has been missing. It is the sunshine of the Fringe...

Endlessly inventive and blessed with a charming central performance by the female lead, the beauty of this show can be felt all around. Hilariously funny as well as deeply poignant, this is a show that you simply have to see. A work of pure genius.


Hairline Fringe – ★★★★★

The performance of Leela Bunce is simply delightful. Whether she is leading the audience in a rousing chorus of daisy-daisy or miming the characters stiff upper lip as her son is evacuated from the city, the audience can find easy empathy with her portrayal. Superb and extremely touching, ‘Waiting for Stanley’ might just be the show not to miss at the Fringe 2012


Theatre Guide London – ★★★★★

A warm, moving, cheering hour, this is a theatrical experience that cleanses your soul and sends you out feeling that life is, all things considered, pretty good.


The List – ★★★★

Leela Bunce is the architect of this captivating one-woman performance, opening each box of tricks to reveal a world rich in imagination. Never has a pile of socks had such an illustrious career in metaphor.


Fringe Review – ★★★★★

This is fast paced physical theatre combining clowning, puppetry, mime and visual storytelling delivered with panache, humour and warmth. Bunce’s performance is outstanding, the pace never flags and each story element moves seamlessly into the next, punctuated at intervals by the next delivery of letters... This show offers so much more than an entertaining hour for physical theatre enthusiasts – it is a master class for any performer, as well as a poignant reminder of the incredible resilience of our mothers and grandmothers who fought on the home front.

"This charming solo performance by Leela Bunce captured my attention and my heart from the off"

A dream come true being cast as the Tuppence half of Agatha Christie's famed detective duo Tommy and Tuppence in Tricity Vogue's brilliant touring theatre cabaret show "Blue Murder", starring the magnificent Champagne Charlie, Dusty Limits, Tricity Vogue, Michael Roulston and yours truly. Such a delicious vintage treat!

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