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The Elephant Girls, Wilde Festival

Red Sandcastle Theatre
Toronto, ON

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The Wilde Festival is a new Theatre Production Company founded by Rosemary Doyle, Jennifer Watson and Dorian Hart to explore the world through the lens of Oscar Wilde, therefore celebrating Wit, Beauty, Bilingualism, LTGBQ+ rights and activism, and exploring the effects of the criminal justice system. In that we are pleased to bring you:

The Elephant Girls
Written & Performed by Margo MacDonald

A Parry Riposte Production
Directed by Mary Ellis
Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson

Winner of seven awards and three 100% sold-out runs, this riveting new work arrives for its first run in Toronto, having most recently played at the Undercurrents Festival in Ottawa and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britains ever seen.
(Brian McDonald,The Gangs of London)

Clever, organized, devious & daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. A fascinating piece of lost womens history, only recently brought to light, this is the gripping tale of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years.

Right here, right now, for one night only, Ill tell you something special
I aint never told no one before; Ill tell you the truth.
(Maggie Hale, The Elephant Girls)

The truth. As told by Maggie Halethe gangs suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing enforcer. Shell tell you all: who they were, what they did, how they got away with it, and how it all came crashing down. But just how much are you sure you want to hear?

A story both captivating and repelling, humorous and terrifying. You wont be able to look away.

Winner Best of Fest, Outstanding Production, Critics Pick for Best Show (Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015), Outstanding New Work, Direction, and Performance (Les Prix Rideau Awards), & Best Actress (Capital Critics Circle).

100% Sold Out  Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2016
100% Sold Out  Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015
100% Sold Out  Ottawa Fringe Hold-overs 2015

 Winnipeg Free Press
MacDonald is captivating as [her character] Maggie slowly strips away her armour, revealing a history of violence, depravation and intensely steamy sexual experienceutterly entrancing

 CBC Manitoba
A fascinating story, anchored by one of the finest performances youll find at this years Fringe. Stampededo not walkto The Elephant Girls. a ferocious, charismatically intense performance.

 Capital Critics Circle
Gritty, powerful, and excellently crafted.

 Broadway Baby (Edinburgh)
As soon as the lights came up, Margo MacDonald had me captivated and right in the palm of her handastonishing

A gripping, psychological insight into gang life MacDonald is captivatingThe 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 (Edinburgh)

MacDonald is a force to be reckoned withTruly a performance that made me forget where I was. For that hour, I was in a pub in London, while a terrifying and fascinating woman told me an unforgettable life story.
Valerie Cardinal, OnStage Ottawa

Superb a riveting hour.
John Sekerka, The Revue

This outstanding solo piece wraps issues of power, class and gender in the story of Maggie HaleMeticulously researched, lovingly scripted, and directed in economical fashion by Mary Ellis Outstanding.
Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen

With her sustained working class London accent, her defiant physical stance, her gaze that could destroy innocence[MacDonald] produces a captivating and moving performance.
Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle

  Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1J5
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First: Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 8:00 PM
Last: Saturday Feb 25, 2017 8:00 PM

CA$18.00 - CA$25.00


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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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