Based on the true story of seven teenage girls, Glasgow Girls follows their on-going pursuit for justice, as they find themselves at the forefront of an on-going fight for the rights of the children of Asylum seekers…
The core element of the piece was the solidarity between the seven feisty campaigners, an element that easily could have been overshadowed by all of the other components of the production but luckily was not, and this is due to the dynamic performances of each cast member.
Thrown into the adult world of politics, taking on the likes of the Home Office and Scottish Parliament the cast were able to portray the fact that these were a group of working class teenagers, spurred on by the injustice they found themselves now facing. Set amidst a Glaswegian housing estate, the scenery played host to powerful contrasting moments from the devastating effect of the dawn raids to inspirational moments of triumph as the girls campaigning gains momentum. Theatre Royal is known for championing eclectic music styles, with Glasgow Girls only adding to the tradition as the piece showcased many a musical genre, from electronic grime to folk/rock pop to reggae dub. A true melting pot of styles, where for me, some songs worked better than others. There was an air of sentimentality at the end of the piece as the actual Glasgow Girls made their way to the stage to rapturous applause. It was clear that there was solidarity amongst the audience as the piece evoked feelings of pride and empowerment throughout the theatre. An entertaining piece, I give Glasgow Girls a 4/5.
Directed by Cora Bissett