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 it’s 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 Britain’s 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 women’s 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, 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)
The truth. As told by Maggie Hale–the gang’s suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer”. She’ll 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 won’t be able to look away.
MARGO MACDONALD (PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER)
Margo is a multi-award winning actor, director, and theatre creator. In 2010, she wrote and performed in the smash hit, Shadows, (about theatre diva Eva Le Gallienne) which won the Ottawa Fringe Outstanding Overall, Best of Fest, and Fan Favourite awards that year. It went on to sell out at the undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream festival at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), and has since played to rave reviews at Videofag in Toronto, and the Tea House Theatre in London, England. She is the co-creator (with Richard Gelinas) of Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates! which played at the Toronto Festival of Clowns in 2015. Other recent performance credits include: Pomme & ‘Restes: Shipwrecked!, A Midwinter’s Dream Tale, and Henry V (A Company of Fools); The Norman Conquests (Plosive Productions); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Fly Me to the Moon (Great Canadian Theatre Company); and The Penelopiad (Citadel Theatre). Margo is a three-time winner of the Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance (Iron, SevenThirty Productions; Fly Me to the Moon, GCTC; The Elephant Girls, Parry Riposte Productions), and was awarded Best Professional Actress by the Capital Critics Circle in 2015.
Follow her on Twitter: @margo_thespian
MARY ELLIS (DIRECTOR)
Mary is an Ottawa-based artist who has worked extensively as an actor, director and teacher for many years. Her directing credits include George F. Walker’s The End of Civilization (Same Day Theatre), Ian Tamblyn’s Bridge to the Past (Theatre Wakefield), and Blackbird (Third Wall Theatre), as well as Dario Fo’s They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! and Walker’s Tough! (Algonquin College). Her many acting credits include numerous roles at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Fly Me to the Moon, Circle Mirror Transformation, Life X 3, Problem Child, Better Living), the NAC (The Ark), Third Wall Theatre (God of Carnage, The Dumb Waiter), New Theatre of Ottawa, and the Gladstone Theatre (Doubt), among others. Also a respected teacher, Mary has inspired countless students over the years. She has garnered several awards and nominations for her work as both an actor and a director, including the 2015 Outstanding Director Prix Rideau Award for The Elephant Girls, and the Capital Critics Circle Award for Best Production for Blackbird.
VANESSA IMESON (COSTUME DESIGNER)
Vanessa is a theatre artist holding a combined BA Honours degree in Dramatic Art and English from the University of Windsor, MFA in Theatre Design from the University of British Columbia and diploma for Makeup Design for Film and Television from Vancouver Film School.
Based in Ottawa, Vanessa designs costumes, make-up, wigs and puppets for theatres across Canada while simultaneously acting as Head of Wardrobe for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). She enjoys collecting odd buttons and other people’s family photographs.
You can view her work at vanessaimeson.com