The smash hit, music-filled Scottish drama about seven teenagers fighting for refugee rights makes a timely and important return for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a UK tour this autumn.
As the issue of refugees and asylum faces us on our TVs every day, this vibrant and life affirming production could not be more prescient; bringing humanity to the stories of those people fleeing war torn lands. Glasgow Girls s a celebration of the power of teenagers and a community with a cause, offering a strong, positive and unifying message. The real life Glasgow Girls became one of the most vocal and powerful pro-asylum seeker campaigners in the country in 2005, appearing in two television documentaries and becoming vital media spokespeople.
Glasgow Girls blew audiences and critics away in 2013 winning the ‘Off West End’ Best new Musical Award when it played Theatre Royal Stratford East in London The music styles are as diverse as the characters within the story, featuring original songs across a host of genres including electronic grime from Patricia Panther, reggae-dub from Scots-Asian Rapper Sumati Bhardwaj (MC Soom T), folk-rock from Cora Bissett and original compositions for the Kielty brothers.
Director Cora Bissett said: “Glasgow Girls was a smash hit when it first played in 2012, filling the Citizens Theatre,Glasgow to the gunnels and packing the house in London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East. We were always keen to give it another, fuller, more widespread life across the UK. Every time we have mounted this show, it has resonated in a different way, depending on what was happening in society at large. It could not be more timely and prescient as migration and the struggles of refugees are increasingly one of the most important human issues of our day.
Pachamama Productions, National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East & Regular Music present with support from The Citizens Theatre & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.
Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett
Book by David Greig
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 29 & 30 July
Assembly Hall, Edinburgh 4 – 28 August
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow 30 August – 3 September
Oxford Playhouse 7 – 10 September
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling 15 – 16 September
Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – 20 Sept – 1 Oct
Dundee Rep Theatre, 12 – 15 October
“The most politically engaged and enraged British musical since Blood Brothers, but it is even more raw and heartbreaking because it is entirely true.”
★★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Time Out