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The Elephant Girls

A Parry Riposte production
Written and performed by Margo MacDonald
Directed by Mary Ellis
Toronto, ON

Photo: Andrew Alexander


Clever, organized, devious & daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The Elephant Girls is the gripping story of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. Maggie Hale – the gang’s suit wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer” – will tell you all: who they were, what they did, how it worked, how they got away with it, and how it all came crashing down. But how much do you really want to hear?

Captivating and repelling, humorous and terrifying – without doubt they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.


WEDNESDAY, February 8 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 11 at 1:00pm (a talkback will follow this performance)
WEDNESDAY, February 15 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 18 at 9:00pm

Service fees + HST are included in all prices.


Winner 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival Best of Fest, Outstanding Production, and Critic’s Pick for Best Show

Winner 2015 Les Prix Rideau Awards Outstanding New Work, Direction and Performance – Female

Awarded Best Actress—Professional by the Capital Critics Circle


“This is the Fringe at its best.” – Ottawa Citizen

“Stampede – do not walk – to get tix. …MacDonald delivers a ferocious, charismatically intense performance…” ★★★★★ – CBC Manitoba

“Gritty, powerful and excellently crafted.” – Capital Critics Circle

“Utterly entrancing” ★★★★★ – Winnipeg Free Press

“Superb… a riveting hour.” – 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.” – Ottawa Citizen

“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.” – OnStage Ottawa

“With her sustained working class London accent, her defiant physical stance, her gaze that could destroy innocence…[MacDonald] produces a captivating and moving performance.” – Capital Critics Circle