Writer and Performer | Comedy
The Umbrella Birds, stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Ladies.
The Umbrella Birds was a comedy sketch group starring Kate Donmall, Susanna Hislop, Fran Moulds and Emily Watson Howes.
Led by Emily Watson Howes and produced by Avalon, they had three critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Festival: W.C. (Underbelly, 2007), Gym (Pleasance Courtyard, 2008) and Sketches in a Shop Changing Room (Assembly Rooms, 2009).
The shows were made into two radio series, The Ladies, produced by Hat Trick for BBC Radio 4 (2009-2010).
Umbrella Birds: Sketches in a Shop Changing Room
“The Umbrella Birds are a rare and wonderful breed, an all-female sketch group who artfully and hilariously reflect the ups, downs and non-events of modern womanhood in a way that’s totally devoid of Cosmopolitan cliché. All four women are versatile, accomplished actors who prove a worthy match for the quality of the writing.” ★★★★ Nione Meakin, Chortle
Umbrella Birds: Gym
“A fantastic example of how a sketch show should be done.” ★★★★ Three Weeks