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Girl X

Visiting Company


National Theatre of Scotland (with Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre) present the World Premiere of Girl X. Inspired by debates on internet forums, Girl X is a powerful and provocative new fully-staged piece of theatre about an emotive moral quandry from Pol Heyvaert, the creator of the NTS’s extraordinary Aalst.

Eleven year old Girl X has severe cerebral palsy and the mental age of a 5-month old infant. Her condition will not, cannot, change or improve.
Her mother believes that, for Girl X, the physical changes that accompany adolescence can only bring distress. So, to spare her the onset of menstruation, Mrs X has requested that surgeons remove her daughter’s womb.
The doctors have accepted the argument that this controversial surgery will, ultimately, improve her quality of life and have sought legal approval to carry out the procedure.
In Girl X the case is examined from the point of view of the onlookers, a Greek chorus that asks what could or should happen next? Performer and disabled rights activist Robert Softley challenges this chorus, examining the case and related ethical issues. When do private matters become public concern? Is the majority always right? Do wheelchair users know better?  Where will it all end?
Inspired by debates on internet forums, Girl X is a powerful and provocative new fully staged piece of theatre from Pol Heyvaert, the creator of the National Theatre of Scotland’s extraordinary Aalst co-produced with Belgian theatre company Victoria.  (Courageous, and achieving the highest standards of performance and production Sunday Herald)
Like Aalst, Girl X is certain to elicit strong views and provoke passionate discussion and is recommended for those aged 16+

Part of REVEAL
By Pol Heyvaert, Robert Softley and Bart Capelle
Directed by Pol Heyvaert
Composer Scott Twynholm

Main Theatre

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Audio Described 19 Mar 7:30pm
Signed 17 Mar 7:30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Recommended for 16+

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There are a full range of accessible performances during Reveal and every performance of Girl X will be fully surtitled.

To let you respond, comment and discuss the ideas in Girl X, the creative team will be taking part in a POST SHOW TALK after the show at the Citizens Theatre on Thu 17 March.


This show is part of Reveal - a season of new work presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, including fully staged productions, works-in-progress and play readings.

REVEAL also includes:
Love Letters to the Public Transport System
Count Me In
Double Bill: Count Me In & Love Letters...



It’s one of several laugh-out-loud moments in this politically thrilling production created by Softley and director Pol Heyvaert.


What’s so compelling about Girl X – adapted from heated discussions on internet forums and frequently going off on funny tangents in the way such discussions do – is the argument never settles.


If there is ever an example of what sums up the Reveal season, Girl X is it; it well and truly draws back the curtain on disability, human rights and the importance of open, uninhibited discussion, making it a brave and incredibly enlightening piece of theatre.

TV Bomb

Unsettling, contradictory, and often highly comic, this is an invigorating, mentally challenging, original piece of work that offers no easy answers, but makes sure that the questions raised stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.


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