Glasgow girls returns again

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. It plays at the Citizens Theatre from 30 August to 1 September


Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett | Book by David Greig
Cast: Stephanie Macgregor, Patricia Panther, Calum Cuthbertson & more to be confirmed
Original score by MC Soom T, Patricia Panther, Cora Bissett and the Kielty brothers
Musical Director Gavin Whitworth | Musical Producer Michael Asante | Costumes & Set Jessica Brettle
Choreography Natasha Gilmour

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh 4 – 28 August 2016 (not 10 or 15), 14:20 (15:40) 12+
Touring to: Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Oxford Playhouse, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, and Dundee Rep Theatre, from 29 July to 15 October 2016
*Coming soon to Theatre Royal Stratford East – dates to follow

“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

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 is 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 CitizensTheatre,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.

Cora Bissett is a director, actor, musician and Artistic Director of Pachamama. Following a career in music, she has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film including the Palme D’Or-winning feature Red Road. She won the Stage Award for Best Actor for her role in the Traverse Theatre’s production of David Greig’s hit rom-com Midsummer in 2009 which subsequently toured to Vancouver, Brussels and enjoyed a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, London. Television credits include Rab C Nesbitt, Rebus, High Times.

Cora won the Arches Award for ‘New Directors’ in 2008 and devised and directed her first piece Amada, based on an Isabel Allende short story, which went on to tour nationally. Pachamama was launched with Roadkill at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe garnering 9 major awards. It toured to Glasgow, London, Paris, Chicago and New York, winning an Olivier Award for outstanding production. The London season was a co-production between Pachamama Productions, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, the Barbican and Theatre Royal Stratford East, in association with Traverse Theatre.

Her collaborative music/theatre project with The Arches Whatever gets You through the Night was a sell-out success at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and won the ‘Theatre Award’ in the Creative Scotland Awards in 2012. She recently directed other Music-Theatre project ‘GRIT-The Martyn Bennett Story’ which won ‘Event of the year’ at the Trad Awards 2014, and ‘Janis Jopin-Full Tilt’ which garnered 5 star reviews in its 2 Festival and London runs.  She is currently Associate Director at the National Theatre of Scotland for whom she directed Rites about the sensitive issue of FGM in 2015.

Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett Book by David Greig
Cast includes:Stephanie Macgregor, Patricia Panther, Calum Cuthbertson & more to be confirmed
Musical Director: Gavin Whitworth Musical Producer: Michael Asante
Costumes& SetJessica Brettle Choreography Natasha Gilmour
Original score by MC Soom T, Patricia Panther, Cora Bissettand the Kielty brothers
Lighting Design TBC
Producers Margaret-Anne O’Donnell& Gillian Garrity

The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Central to this is finding pioneering ways to reach current and new audiences and to encourage people’s full participation in the Company’s work. With no performance building of its own, the Company works with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. Founded in 2006, the Company, in its short life, has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work. 

The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.

Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of high quality performance from Scotland at the world’s biggest arts festival, made possible by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. It is a partnership between the Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland.

Regular Music, Scotland’s longest established national music promoter, is wholly owned and based in Scotland. Regular Music organiseconcerts from Shetland to the Borders, in venues of 100 capacity to the SEE Hydro. It is the promoter of Glasgow’s Summer Nights in the Bandstand and, as Castle Concerts, produces the annual live music shows on Edinburgh Castle Promenade.Concerts throughout 2016 include Noel Gallagher’ High Flying Birds, Dixie Chicks, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream, Neil Young, Stereophonics and Van Morrison.

Regular Music previously worked with Pachamama Productions on the hit Fringe performancesWhatever gets You Through the Night and Janis Joplin: Full Tilt.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, the famous producing theatre located in the heart of London’s East End on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, prides itself on creating world class work that reflects the concerns, hopes and dreams of its audience. A prolific developer of new work by writers including Roy Williams, Tanika Gupta, David Baddiel, Che Walker and Trish Cook, this award-winning theatre attracts artists and audiences often under-represented in other venues and is committed to supporting the development of exciting new voices and to putting bold new work on its stage.

The theatre also breaks new ground with musicals by bringing contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre. This has led to the production of a broad spectrum of acclaimed sell-out musicals including include The Infidel - The Musical, Wah! Wah! Girls (with Sadler’s Wells and Kneehigh), the Olivier Award winning Pied Piper (with Boy Blue Entertainment), Reasons to be Cheerful (with Graeae Theatre Company and New Wolsey Theatre), Come Dancing (Best New Musical – What’s On Stage Awards),The Harder They Come, and the Olivier Award nominated The Big|@Pachamama_CoraB|| | #GlasgowGirls

Listings information

Citizens Theatre
Tuesday 30 August – Saturday 3 September
7.30pm (also 2.30pm matinee on 1, 2 and 3 Sept) | £9.50 previews
£12.50 Tue | £14 | £16.50 | £19 Wed/Thu
£16 | £19.50 | £22.50 Fri/Sat& various prices for unwaged, students, senior citizens
Box office: 0141 429 0022 |

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