Artist: Margo MacDonald
Show : Elephant Girls
Show date: Saturday, April 9th, 2016.
“Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.” Clever, organized, devious & daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. Only recently brought to light, this is the riveting story of the all-woman gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. Told through the eyes of Maggie Hale--the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing "enforcer", you won't be able to look away.
“Gritty, powerful, and excellently crafted.” – Kat Fournier, Capital Critics Circle
“MacDonald is a force to be reckoned with…Truly 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 Hale…Meticulously 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
Bio: From Ottawa but now residing in Toronto, Margo is a multi-award winning actor, director, and theatre creator. In 2010, she wrote and performed the smash hit, Shadows, (about theatre diva Eva Le Gallienne) which won the Ottawa Fringe Outstanding Overall, Best of Fest, and Fan Favourite awards. It went on to sell out at the undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream festival at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and has since played to rave reviews at Videofag in Toronto, and the Tea House Theatre in London, England. Other recent performance credits include: Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates! (Parry Riposte Productions); 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).