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Bella Heesom

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Bella began her creative career as an actor. After studying philosophy at the University of Cambridge, she trained at LAMDA, and has enjoyed lead roles and ensemble work in theatre, film and TV projects. In 2016, she founded theatre company All About You with Olivier Award-winning director and dramaturg Donnacadh O’Briain. She has written two plays, both published by Oberon Books.

Bella’s bold debut play, My World Has Exploded A Little Bit is part true story, part farcical performance lecture. An autobiographical piece exploring how we deal with grief, it mixes tender intimacy with philosophical debate and clownish silliness, not to mention an enchanting live piano score. It received acclaim from audience, industry and critics at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, went on an ACE supported national tour, and was Highly Commended by the awards committee at VAULT Festival 2017. Following this she was commissioned by Stylist magazine to make a video on the subject of grief and invited to give a Tedx talk on the value of vulnerability at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Bella‘s second show, Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself, is a celebration of female desire. Encompassing shame, pride, fury and liberation, it tells the story of a secret battle between a woman’s wildly uninhibited sexual appetite and her ego’s desperate need for approval. It premiered with an ACE supported run in the downstairs theatre at Ovalhouse in May 2019, to audience and critical acclaim. (★★★★ ‘the glittering poetry in Heesom’s script, so vivid and visceral that sometimes the stagecraft feels redundant in comparison to the glory and guts of the words’ ‑ The Guardian) She is currently adapting this for TV with Sid Gentle Films, as Wondrous Vulva.

Bella also hosts her own podcast, Rejoicing with Bella, which features in-depth conversations exploring female sexuality and pleasure, and she runs theatre-making workshops. She has various TV projects in the early stages of development.