Best Girl

Theatre (contemporary, drama)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Cellar
  • 12:05
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Best Girl Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language and themes that some may find distressing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Meet Annie, a veteran's child on her way to change her life. A tour de force one-woman play about the power of the past, help and hope. Actor Christine Mackie (Coronation Street and Downton Abbey) wrote this semi-autobiographical play in a moment of heartfelt reconciliation with events in her own past – and gave it to her daughter, actor Lois Mackie (Leeds Playhouse, Catherine Wheels, Elysium Theatre Company and Hope Mill Theatre). Finalist in 2019 LET Award. 'A sharply written, moving, wise and witty play' (April De Angelis, Playwright and Olivier Award nominee).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 15 Steep external steps down or Lift access from front.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

An Organised Mess 11 days ago

The loss of a father, the damage of war, the inability to support those who deserve to be supported. Between laughter and tears, Best Girl is a beautiful story, as a one-hour monologue it captures hearts, it opens eyes.

Brett Spencer 12 days ago

This is a beautifully written heartfelt play about events of the past and hopes for the future. An outstanding performance by Lois Mackie which will stay with you long after its over. You won't spend a better 50 minutes at the Fringe.

David Robinson 13 days ago

Gripping, mesmerising and moving. The visual effects were better than CGI. She was acting against a black curtain but you could tell exactly where she was all the time. This is proper theatre and far too good to find on telly. Go and see it

Miriam 15 days ago

2/5 - after the 1h non stop monologue with minimal atrezzo, I left the venue not understanding the story that the main (and only) character in the show had just represented for us. Is this show about her troubled childhood? About her boyfriend Jim? About her relationship with her therapist? The monologue is of such high intensity that leaves you confused and drained, it is written in such a way that doesn't allow the spectator to digest something before moving on to the next thing.
I give 2/5 because of the charity contribution, which is always a good thing to do.

Anne Rabbitt 15 days ago

A wonderful performance of a moving play. A fine, nuanced performance that matched the fine nuanced writing.

Pauline 16 days ago

Very moving and well performed. I was a little self conscious to find myself in tears at the end until the lights went up and I realised I wasn't the only one

Sean Davis 20 days ago

Best Girl (*****)
A young woman must learn to love her trumpeter friend while dealing with her family’s past. The premise sounds ordinary, but her acting, and the nuances and plotting of the script make this exceptional. The symbolism of her father’s hands brought tears to my eyes.

This was the 6th most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other similarly short reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Craig Pritchett 23 days ago

Poignant, well-observed, pacy take on a set of real world issues and problems. Ultimately uplifting, optimistic and warm. Highly recommended

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FringeReview 16 days ago

Meet Annie, a veteran’s child on her way to change her life. A new one woman play that is also a family endeavour and based on family history. Actor Christine Mackie wrote the play for her daughter Lois, also an actor, to perform. It is based on the story of...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 17 days ago

A new hour-long play by actress Christine Mackie, performed by her daughter Lois Mackie and directed by Kayleigh Hawkins in the intimate Cellar venue at the Pleasance, perfect for the dark themes and complex emotions explored in this engaging and … Read More ...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 18 days ago

Look for tickets... Keeping it in the family sums up both the production, and the inherent warning, in this powerful play.It’s the first work that Lancaster actress Christine Mackie has ever written; it’s part autobiographical—based on her own father’s suicide; and it’s performed by her daughter Lois.Best Girl is a...

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