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Brown Girls do it live on stage


Rubina Pabani (left) and Poppy Jay in Brown Girls Do It Too: Mama Told Me Not To Come in Leeds and Salford
Rubina Pabani (left) and Poppy Jay in Brown Girls Do It Too: Mama Told Me Not To Come, appearing in Leeds and Salford

Brown Girls Do It Too: Mama Told Me Not To Come, is the live show spin-off from the award-winning BBC Sounds podcast, now on UK tour, calling at Leeds Playhouse (November 12) and The Lowry in Salford the following night.

Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani explore the realities, fantasies, sexpectations and life and relationships as British Asian women – a show inspired by the critically-acclaimed podcast, which was the winner of the podcast of the year title at the British Podcast Awards in 2020, and of best podcast at the 2021 Asian Media Awards.

True to the podcast, on stage Poppy and Rubina discuss their life experiences in a trademark, uncensored way, covering everything from orgasms and first loves to racism and family politics.

But the live show promises to turn up the dial, with Rubina describing the experience as "like the podcast, but on acid".

"We're growing our brown-girl gang to include opinions from across the melanin spectrum," she said. "Being a Brown Girl means many things to many people, and we hope this next phase of the experiment includes more perspectives than just our own."

Poppy added: "We've a ton of slut-shaming from the podcast, but what really grabbed us were the messages from young women thanking us for being open, honest, relatable, taking the shame away and putting the fun back in to sex.

"We live for those messages and can't wait to take our sexy little podcast on the road cos it's just as much about your stories as it is ours."