Glasgow Girls fight for rights

Photos by Robert Day.
Photos by Robert Day.

GLASGOW Girls are making a song and dance — not to mention throwing their hats into the political ring once again.

Cora Bissett’s modern Scottish musical Glasgow Girls opened at the Citizens Theatre in 2012, and spent 2013 playing to London crowds — but it’s back on home turf at the southside theatre for a run into March.

The National Theatre of Scotland production is based on a real-life political campaign started by a group of teenage girls from (you guessed it) the dear, green place against the poor treatment of asylum seekers.

The Drumchapel High girls appeared in a BBC documentary on their campaign, fuelled by the detention of one of their friends, Agnesa Murselaj, whose family had fled war-torn Kosovo.

The real life Glasgow Girls will be appearing in a BBC Three programme this summer as part of the Commonwealth Games programme — but for now, their story is brought to life by director, actor and musician Bissett, along with David Greig (who wrote the book) and the musical stylings of Patricia Panther, Sumati Bhardwaj and the Kielty brothers.

The woman behind the Girls commented: “I’m delighted that Glasgow Girls is coming back to the Citz and the city it originated from, especially during such an important year.

“It feels incredibly fitting and timely to remount this show which characterises Glasgow in the 21st century, during a year which seeks to showcase and celebrate the culture of Scotland.”

Glasgow Girls runs at the Citz February 20 - March 8 (excluding Sun/Mon). Tickets are £8-£19.50 from www.citz.co.uk or 429 0022.