THE ELEPHANT GIRLS
“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
Clever, organized, devious & daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. This is the gripping story of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. A fascinating piece of lost women's history, 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.
The truth. Told in a pub over a three-night bender by Maggie Hale--the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer”. She’ll tell you all--who they were, what they did, why it worked, how they got away with it, and how it all came crashing down. But do you trust the words of someone who’s made deception their stock and trade? Should you ask what you really want to know? Just how much are you sure you want to hear?
A story both captivating and repelling, humorous and terrifying. You won’t be able to look away.
THE ELEPHANT GIRLS
Written and performed by Margo MacDonald, and directed by Mary Ellis, the show premiered in June of 2015 at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, where it instantly became a runaway smash hit. In addition to rave reviews, every performance sold out 100% (in fact, it was the first show in the history of the festival to sell-out completely on advance sales alone). The show won all the top Fringe awards (Best of Fest, Outstanding Production, and Critic’s Pick for Best Show). It was then moved into a larger venue and held-over by the Fringe for two additional performances, both of which also sold out.
Since it premiered, the show has been touring theatres and festivals, earning 5-star reviews selling out in Canada and overseas at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In Canada, the production swept the 2015 professional theatre awards in Ottawa, Les Prix Rideau Awards, winning Outstanding New Work, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Performance - Female. Margo also was awarded Best Actress—Professional by the Capital Critics’ Circle.
This is much more than just a fascinating history; the show raises questions about identity, sexuality, poverty, education, the disenfranchised, the outcast and marginalized, the nature of violence, and more —all of which our society still struggles with today. What is ‘belonging’? What’s the meaning of ‘family’? What price should we be willing to pay for freedom?
Gritty, humorous, moving and edgy, this play consistently holds audiences captivated. It’s the kind of show people line up to see more than once, waiting for hours on the chance of a ticket to the sold-out performances.
* Critic’s Choice Award (Hamilton Fringe 2017), & Best Actress (Capital Critics Circle).
* Outstanding New Work, Direction, and Performance (Les Prix Rideau Awards)
* Winner Best of Fest, Outstanding Production, Critics’ Pick for Best Show (Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015)
[ SOLD OUT ] - Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2016
[ SOLD OUT ] - Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015
“A gripping, psychological insight into gang life… MacDonald is captivating…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
“A fascinating story, anchored by one of the finest performances you’ll find at this year’s Fringe. Stampede—do not walk—to The Elephant Girls. … a ferocious, charismatically intense performance.”
—Joff Schmidt, CBC Manitoba
“This outstanding solo piece wraps issues of power, class and gender in the story of Maggie Hale...Meticulously researched, lovingly scripted, and directed in economical fashion by Mary Ellis... Outstanding. This is the Fringe at its best.”
–Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen