GLASGOW GIRLS

Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett
Book by David Greig

Presented by Pachamama Productions, National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East & Regular Music with support from The Citizens Theatre & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.

Cora Bissett and David Greig’s life-affirming, song-filled Scottish drama, based on the true story of seven feisty teenagers, whose lives change forever when their school friend and her asylum-seeking family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. The young women are galvanised to take a stand and fight for the life of their friend and, ultimately, for the rights of all children of asylum-seekers.

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.

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

“Awe inspiring”
★★★★ Time Out

Part of Made in Scotland 2016

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.

COMPANY Inspired by a true story | Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett | Book by David Greig | Cast includes Stephanie McGregor, Patricia Panther, Calum Cuthbertson | Musical Director, Gavin Whitworth | Musical Producer, Michael Asante | Costumes & Set by Jessica Bretttle |  Choreography by Natasha Gilmore | Original score by by MC Soom T, Patricia Panther Cora Bissett and The Kielty Brothers | Producers, Margaret-Anne O’Donnell & Gillian Garrity.

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Glasgow Girl 2016 reviews

Glasgow Girl 2016 reviews

“the talented young cast provide humour, energy and food for thought” TV Bomb ★★★★★ “sweeps the audience along on a tide of politically charged fun.” All Edinburgh Theatre ★★★★ “a masterpiece which crackles with electric energy, and uses humour and high-octane music to put across its challenging message” ScotsGay ★★★★

Glasgow Girls: It’s No a Wean’s Choice

Glasgow Girls: It’s No a Wean’s Choice

Visit bbc.co.uk to watch Terry Neason and the cast of Glasgow Girls perform It’s No a Wean’s Choice for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals

Cora talks about the play Glasgow Girls, inspired by a group of remarkable young asylum seekers

Cora talks about the play Glasgow Girls, inspired by a group of remarkable young asylum seekers

“I feel the story has a whole new fresh resonance just because of everything that has been happening around it,” says Bissett. “Not a day goes by when we’re not discussing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. I feel like the language being used by the UK Government is so pejorative and dehumanising. “These are people…

The dramaturgy of Glasgow Girls

The dramaturgy of Glasgow Girls

Cora talks to Gareth K Vile about the development of Glasgow Girls At first I began meeting with the ‘real’ people, and getting to know those girls, and the extended ‘Glasgow Girls’ ; their teacher Euan Girvan, the headmaster Wilson Blakey, and the indomitable Noreen and Jean. As I got to know them better as…

Glasgow Girls return for a 2016 tour

Glasgow Girls return for a 2016 tour

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;…

Glasgow Girls to feature at The Ryder Cup Gala Concert

An excerpt of Glasgow Girls will be presented by the National Theatre of Scotland at The Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 24 September 2014. The Glasgow Girls will be seen alongside work by Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and performances by Jake Bugg, Texas,…

Glasgow Girls on the Culture Laser

Glasgow Girls on the Culture Laser

Cora talks with Ryan Van Winkle about her musical Glasgow Girls.

Glasgow Girls 2014 reviews

Glasgow Girls 2014 reviews

“Genuinely moving and inspiring. Utterly unmissable.” The Public Reviews ★★★★★ “The Girls just bounce out of their skins with a barn-storming hope and determination” The Herald ★★★★ Glasgow Girls was also reviewed by Love Drama youth theatre member Katie. Anyone that cares about the right of his or her fellow citizens is a Glasgow Girl! Anyone that cares…

I’m a Glasgow Girl! City born political musical comes home from London – STV feature

I’m a Glasgow Girl! City born political musical comes home from London – STV feature

We’re almost more overwhelmed by the response in London than we were in Glasgow,” said Cora, who is now preparing for the musical’s second Glasgow run. But the response was incredible, there’s a universal humanity to the story. It’s a story that can travel anywhere. People say community doesn’t exist any more, but that’s a…

Glasgow Girls director Cora Bissett tells how return of musical based on immigration characterises city’s friendly culture – Sunday Mail interview

Glasgow Girls director Cora Bissett tells how return of musical based on immigration characterises city’s friendly culture – Sunday Mail interview

“I know the Glasgow Girls themselves are very happy with the end result and they are all bringing swathes of people to see it. “To be honest, I love the spirit it’s been made in. It’s made with a lot of love and passion. It’s a great amalgamation of so many styles of music and…

Glasgow Girls comes home for 2014

Glasgow Girls comes home for 2014

A smash hit during its previous run in 2012, Glasgow Girls is back at the Citizens Theatre for a limited run in February/March 2014 as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. “I am delighted that Glasgow Girls is coming back to the Citizens Theatre and the city it originated from, especially during such an…

Glasgow Girl shortlisted for UK Theatre Award

Glasgow Girl shortlisted for UK Theatre Award

Glasgow Girls has been nominated as Best Musical Production  in the UK Theatre Awards. Directed by Cora with a book by David Greig, and featuring original songs by Cora, Sumati Bhardwaj (Soom T), Patricia Panther and the Kielty Brothers. The show was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Pachamama Productions, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd…

Reviews for Glasgow Girls at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Reviews for Glasgow Girls at Theatre Royal Stratford East

 ★★★★★ “Staged and performed with an integrity that makes it 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 ★★★★ ‘Awe inspiring’ Time Out  ★★★★ ‘True raw power’ Metro ★★★★ ‘The spirit of Joan Littlewood is surely looking down.’ Evening Standard ★★★★(and a…

How Glasgow Girls took on the world – The Big Issue

How Glasgow Girls took on the world – The Big Issue

“I wanted this play, however, not to just preach to the converted. There is a small community of people who are interested in such ‘issues’ and it’s wonderful that they do go and support, but I wanted this story to reach the ordinary people. I wanted everyone to see this. This wasn’t just an ‘issue’…

Olivier award-winning director brings Glasgow Girls to Stratford – Newham Recorder

Olivier award-winning director brings Glasgow Girls to Stratford – Newham Recorder

[Cora] thinks her unusual approach to theatre probably has a lot to do with her experiences in indie band Darlingheart as a teenager supporting the likes of Radiohead and Blur. Cora, 36, said: “I think there was something from that era of the band, a boldness, that gave me a kind of fearlessness about creating…

Glasgow girls prepare for London transfer

Glasgow girls prepare for London transfer

After a storming run at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre in November, winning four star reviews across the press, Glasgow Girls get ready to bring “the significant milestone in Scottish musical theatre” to a London audience at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Theatre Royal Stratford East are one of the co-producers of the show, alongside the National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens…

The reviews are in for Glasgow Girls.

The reviews are in for Glasgow Girls.

If it’s real Girl Power you’re after, forget the Spice Girls, and revel instead in this uplifting celebration of the indomitable spirit of the Glasgow Girls, and their fight for justice and equality. STV The writer and director of Glasgow Girls have hit on something involving and immediate. And it is this reaction that ultimately feels…

Glasgow Girls take to the stage to show their lasting love for the city – STV

Glasgow Girls take to the stage to show their lasting love for the city – STV

Conceived and directed for the stage by Cora she says it is as much a celebration of Glasgow and its communities as it is a forum to discuss the plight of asylum seekers. She explained: “It’s not just about the girls, it’s about the whole community in Scotstoun at large and how these people, some…

Glasgow girls’ protest inspires musical – BBC

For Emma Clifford, who now works as a radio researcher at the BBC, and Agnesa Murselaj, who works in health adminisration, a musical based on their story initially came as a surprise. Emma says: “When I first found out it was a musical, I thought ‘Jeezo, they are making a musical about a group of…

Cora Bissett’s new show celebrates a positive story of Glasgow multiculturalism – The Herald

When, after the success of Roadkill (which saw the [Scottish Refugee Council] inundated with public support), the Refugee Council asked Bissett to make another piece about asylum and migrant rights, she had no hesitation in suggesting the Glasgow Girls’ story. “It was something I’d remembered very distinctly,” she says. “For many of them it set…

One musical that scales new heights – The Herald

“Bissett has opted to transform the story [of Glasgow Girls] into a large-scale commercial musical. Grime, dub and hip-hop rub up against middle eastern and east European rhythms by way of Scots indie folk, and jazz hands number. “It’s a musical,” Bissett gushes, “and we’re not going to shy away from that. It’s not a…

Cora Bissett on Glasgow Girls: the Musical – The List

‘I don’t want to sit and preach to people,’ she continues. ‘I want it to jump off the stage and have that energy of action now. This needs to be a celebration of just being alive. It’s going to be a musical and I’m not going to apologise for it.’ Read the full article on…

Director Cora Bissett tells a true tale of protest in her latest play – Daily Record interview

Director Cora Bissett tells a true tale of protest in her latest play – Daily Record interview

[Glasgow Girls] is a story about a group of teenage girls, a rights-of-passage story, an awakening. In the middle of the night, one of their friends was taken away. They were just mates in a school, they didn’t see the divisions of colour, creed, background. It’s something incredibly positive about youth. Read the full article from…

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