Glasgow Girls, King’s Theatre, Glasgow January 15 to January 19; touring
Since debuting in 2012, Cora Bissett and David Greig’s Glasgow Girls has taken on sharper significance with each run, in terms of everything from migration, global politics and the rights and resilience of teenage girls.
This latest tour of Scotland’s biggest theatres comes at a time when rhetoric on migration from the UK’s Home Secretary seems only to serve an alarmingly enlivened hard right.
It was Lindsay Hill’s award-winning BBC Scotland 2006 documentary Tales From The Edge that first told the story of the seven teenagers from Drumchapel and how their lives changed forever in 2005 when their school friend and her asylum-seeking family were forcibly taken from their home to be deported. As more of their fellow pupils at Drumchapel High were hauled into the street in their pyjamas, the Glasgow Girls, as they became known, took a stand to fight for their friend’s rights, and the rights of all children of asylum seekers. Theatre-maker Cora Bissett felt their story should be told as a musical.
“It was the girls’ energy and can-do spirit that made me feel this story should be sung,” she says. “It was a celebration of solidarity, of a group of teenage girls realising they could affect the world they live in, a celebration of a city I love deeply, and of those people in it.”
The more it tours, the more Glasgow Girls connects with people, its sell-out run at the 800-capacity Assembly Rooms making it the biggest-selling show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016.
Now it returns with the 2016 cast and a full live band for dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre (Jan 23-26), Perth Theatre (Jan 30-Feb 3) and Inverness Eden Court (Feb 7 to 9) before visiting Dublin.
“When I first was drawn to the story of the Glasgow Girls, I had no idea that the matter of refugees and asylum seekers in the world would transpire to become the most urgent and prescient question of our times,” Bissett says. “Every time we bring the show back out, it feels as though it is speaking to a very