⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for The F WORDS from the Edmonton Journal

REVIEW: SEPT 13, 2016
Despite the show’s title, The “F” Words is not a celebration of curse words and vulgarity. There IS cursing, but there’s more to it.

Yvette Dudley-Neuman takes us through the emotional roller-coaster of the life of Frannie, variously known as Funny Frannie and Fat Frannie by her friends and detractors, respectively. By now, you can see the alliteration that will weave through the play and give it its name.

In her early years, Frannie is inspired by her strong Greek grandmother, a woman who gives her hope. But like many of us, Frannie’s later years are fraught with fear and an overbearing sense of dread. She drifts away from her friends and becomes forlorn, a mess of confusing feelings and fatalism dragging her into depression.

Will Frannie throw in the towel and give in her to her Fattist (OK, I think that one’s made up) adversaries or will she put her fortitude on display and drag herself out of her funk?

Yes, some of the “F” words that come up include curses and vulgarity, and this may not be a show you will want to bring the kids along for. But you would be missing out on this incredibly alliterative journey if you skip it entirely.

As Frannie, Dudley-Neuman is the perfect mix of manic energy and depressed stupor. She embodies the highs and lows most of us feel as we grow older, the self doubt that creeps in turning from a slow simmer to a rolling boil.

The “F” Words does suffer from a few faults. The opening is a bit slow and the whole show could have cut about 10 minutes. But don’t let that stop you from checking this amazing emotional tour de force.

— Justin Bell – Edmonton Journal

The “F” Words

• 4 stars out of 5

• Stage 8 Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre

The F Words – Fringe Festival Tour 2016

Fierce, funny & fearless, follow Fran & friends on this fast-paced frolic.  Experience Fran’s unrelenting compulsion to explore The F Words from Fat, Forty, Forgotten & F**cked to…

Source: The F Words – Fringe Festival Tour 2016

The F Words – Edmonton Fringe

The F Words – Fringe Festival Tour 2016

Fierce, funny & fearless, follow Fran & friends on this fast-paced frolic.  Experience Fran’s unrelenting compulsion to explore The F Words from Fat, Forty, Forgotten & F**cked to F__???

Winner of “Honourable Mention” in the Theatre BC Play Writing Competition, this    multi-media solo-show is “lively, tough, sexy, hilarious, relatable & transformational!”


LOCATION: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre @ 8426 – Gateway Boulevard

SATURDAY          AUG. 13 @ 12:15 pm

SUNDAY               AUG. 14 @  4:15 pm

TUESDAY             AUG. 16 @ 11:59 pm

WEDNESDAY      AUG. 17 @  2:15 pm

THURSDAY         AUG. 18 @  7:15 pm

SATURDAY          AUG. 20 @  8:45 pm


ARTS BRIEFS: Coquitlam playwright shortlisted for The F Words

ARTS BRIEFS: Coquitlam playwright shortlisted for

The F Words.


Playwriting Competition

Official Finalists & Results

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Theatre BC and the Jurors, we wish to extend our appreciation for all the work and creativity from the playwrights who entered the 2014 competition. In all there were11 Full-Length and 17 One-Act script entries submitted with a very diverse range of topics and themes.

The jurors selected a total of 4 finalists as follows: 2 Full-Length, and 2 One-Acts (see below). The winners of the 2014 Theatre BC Playwriting Competition will be announced inJune 2015, and acknowledged at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre Theatre during Theatre BC’s Annual Provincial Theatre Festival “DESTINATION MAINSTAGE” Awards Ceremony on July 11, 2015, Kamloops, BC, starting at 8:00pm. Visit www.tbcmainstage.ca for more information.

2014 Competition Winners
Coming June 2015!


FULL-LENGTH CATEGORY (In no particular order):
 A.K.A. FANGIRL – Jeremy Beauline – Penticton, BC
 STATE OF CONFUSION – by Michael Poirier – Vernon, BC

ONE-ACT CATEGORY (In no particular order):
 THE MEMORY MAKERS – by Rob Ziegler – Prince George, BC
 THE F WORDS – by Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Coquitlam, BC

Click link for: Finalist’s Biographies

The Jurors for 2014, Keith Digby, Gary Davey, and Michael Armstrong, were confidentially and independently contracted to review this year’s entries.

Click link for: Juror’s Biographies

More info and playwrights bios at:  http://theatrebc.org/playwriting-competition/pwc-2014/

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The “F” Words coming soon as part of Intrepid Theatre’s YOU show programming!

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Fierce, funny and fearless, follow Frannie and friends on this fun-filled frolic.  Experience her unrelenting compulsion to explore             The “F” Words and what it means to be Fat, Forty, Forgotten and F**cked.  

The “F” Words is part of Intrepid Theatre’s 2014 YOU Show programming.

DATE:                        Saturday November 1, 2014.

TIME:                         7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

LOCATION:              The Intrepid Theatre Club,

                                    1609 Blanshard St (at Fisgard), Victoria, BC

TICKETS:                  Adults $12.50      


                                   Students/Seniors/CAEA Members$10.50  


The “F” Words features the fearless, ferocious talents of Yvette Dudley-Neuman who will be sharing this new work.  This will be the first pubic reading/ presentation.  The evening will end with an informal discussion of the play’s themes to assist the writer in developing her solo show. All welcome, but if you are a woman who has opinions about being forty (or fifty, or fifteen), fat, friends, feeling forgotten and getting f**cked in this Facebook loving, frenzied world, please come and share your experiences to assist in the development of this new work.

Ms. Dudley-Neuman is an Actor, Singer, and Writer, committed to exhibiting new and established Canadian works that encourage opportunities for Canadian artists to share and hone their talents.  Yvette has appeared in many films and theatre projects and continues work on her craft.

In 2007, Yvette received BC Arts Council funding for the production of a short film that she co-produced, wrote and played the lead role in called Edna Brown, directed by Katrin Bowen. Other writing credits include a her new stage play, Christmas Crackers, Detention Divas and twenty Heritage Re-enactment scripts for the Surrey Museum.  Yvette is in pre-production for her short film project, Laundry Day that she will direct and produce. She thanks Intrepid Theatre for the opportunity to unleash her creative talents by tackling this one-woman show.

Ms. Dudley- Neuman will be reading/presenting excerpts from this new work, as an exploration of perception and reception.  The audience will be invited to participate in discussions around the play’s themes, content and impact.  The playwright will use the information gathered to further the work, deepen the themes and heighten the universal impact of the play.

MEDIA CONTACT                     Yvette Dudley-Neuman                yvettedn@telus.net