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The Elephant Girls premieres in London, April 6-22

06 Apr 2017 7:30 PM | Margo MacDonald


written & performed by 

Margo MacDonald

From sold-out runs in Canada and a successful month-long run at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this multi-award winning show will premiere in London, England this April.

Draper Hall
Newington Butts (entrance corner of Hampton Street) 
SE1 6TL United Kingdom

April 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 at 19:30

Tickets £9-13 --

“Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.”

(Brian McDonald, The Gangs of London)

Clever, organized, devious & daring; The Elephant Girls stole from the rich and gave to themselves. This is the gripping story of the all-female gang that terrorized London for over 100 years. A fascinating piece of lost women's history, only recently brought to light, the play focuses on the 1920s when the gang was at the height of its power—and when the events took place which would come to mean its downfall.

“Right here, right now, for one night only, I’ll tell you something special I ain’t never 

told no one before; I’ll tell you the truth.” – Maggie Hale, The Elephant Girls

Maggie Hale — the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer”— will tell you all. Who they were, what they did, how they got away with it, and how it all came crashing down. But should you trust the words of someone who’s made deception her stock-in-trade? Just how much are you sure you want to hear?

Wrapping issues of power, class, gender, and the nature of violence around the story of Maggie Hale, the show uses history to grapple with issues our society still struggles with today.

A gripping, psychological insight into gang life…The Elephant Girls evolves into a deeply psychological struggle between truth and fiction, as Maggie wrestles with the dangerous passion that bubbles beneath her carefully constructed bravado. Complex, subtle, and often deeply uncomfortable, this battle is fascinating to watch. —Jordan Shaw, The List

The production has won multiple awards in Canada (Outstanding Overall, Critics’ Pick for Best Shows, Ottawa Fringe Festival; Outstanding New Work, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Performance, Les Prix Rideau Awards; Best Actress, Capital Critics’ Circle), sold out shows (100% Sold Out, Ottawa Fringe; 100% Sold Out Winnipeg Fringe), and rave reviews. Picked up from last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the moves on from it's London run to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (May 8-13). After the run in Dublin, the show will play for a week at the Brighton Fringe Festival (May 20-26).

The Elephant Girls
by Parry Riposte Productions

Margo MacDonald

**** “MacDonald captivates” —Broadway Baby

**** “…brilliantly written and exceptionally performed”—Fringe Guru

***** “Stampede—do not walk—to The Elephant Girls… a ferocious, charismatically intense performance.”—CBC Manitoba

***** “…violence, depravation and intensely steamy sexual experience…utterly entrancing…”—Winnipeg Free Press

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