White Girls

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

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  • Gilded Balloon Teviot - Turret
  • 11:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Laughing Mirror
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


Two girls go on a journey. They want to annoy their Tory parents. They want to make a difference. But as they find themselves in the middle of an international refugee crisis, they realise they are going to need to do more than just a fun run to help. White Girls explores voluntourism within the Calais Jungle from 2016 to the present day and questions the notion of white charity. **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (VoiceMag.uk). Shortlisted for New Writing South's Best New Play at Brighton Fringe 2018.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access is via the lift or stairs up from the Main Entrance. Then level access into the performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

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

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Sarah Mason 53 days ago

This show is both deeply challenging and ultimately inspiring. It is written with passion and great clarity. The 3 part structure works very well to lead the audience into the heart of the issues but also make them face the stark reality of how ‘real life’ intervenes. The energy and emotional truth of the performers was impressive and integral to the play’s success. A wonderful experience - I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Angelina Smolynec 56 days ago

This was truly hilarious and oh so powerful. Incredibly relatable for any young person who gives a damn about anything. Want to go volunteer & change the world? But feel constant FOMO any time you're away from the comforts of home? These girls got it.

Valerie Swanborough 59 days ago

A brilliant show, well written and excellently produced and acted. Kept me enthralled throughout. It is thought provoking but not melodramatic. It has a serious message but is sprinkled with humour. If you are limited in the number of shows you can see make this one of them. You won't be disappointed.

Claire O'Toole 61 days ago

YOU MUST WATCH THIS! Having been at the Fringe for 6 days and seen at least 4 shows a day, I have seen good, I have seen bad, but this show is absolutely amazing! The two girls told a fascinating story in fabulous style and I recommend this show to everyone. It was thought provoking, entertaining and inspiring. I laughed and cried and was enthralled from start to finish. Well done girls.

Ali Barnes 62 days ago

White Girls is a captivating play. The script is pacy, cleverly crafted and has a lightness of touch that evokes both pathos and humour. The cast bring the characters to life with energy, wonderful accents, fantastic timing, fast character and costume changes and poignancy. Heart wrenching, provocative and surprisingly funny given the subject – this is a wonderful show that you will reflect on long after the curtain comes down.
5 stars from me - not to be missed.

Andy Gotowiec 64 days ago

White girls was a joy to watch. The writing is savvy and the performances fresh and genuine. It’s a much deeper piece than it might seem. It was very much worth seeing. Highly recommended!

Damian Porter 70 days ago

This is a powerful, thought provoking piece of work. The writer has shown great skill in the construction of a brilliant script, and the two actors play off each other brilliantly. You will not be disappointed if you go to see this play, but you may be challenged to think deeply. This production gets 5 stars from me!

Elfreda Tealby-Watson 70 days ago

Go see this show! This is a 5* review. Two girls own the tiny stage and totally take you with them on their journey to Sangatte & back. Funny, multiple characters, tragic, resolution. Does exactly what good drama should do. Light & dark makes the point and the characters so powerful. This really WILL leave you thinking long after you walk out the room. Brilliant. And suitable genuinely for 12+.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

It is fast, funny and ultimately enlightening...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

Leah and Eve restore our faith in humanity....

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 53 days ago

Two painfully naïve but well-intentioned middle class girls want to make a difference, or at least do something meaningful with their gap years to annoy their Tory parents. With buoyant enthusiasm, they set off for a stint of voluntourism in Calais, the white cliffs of Dover disappearing into the distance...

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Everything Theatre (3/5 stars) 54 days ago

During their gap year, two girls decide to annoy their Tory parents by volunteering at the Calais Jungle. The account of that experience is a deeply moving call for action. [...] The dramatic plot, with its fresh comedic character, has all the right cards to keep audiences glued to their seats, making them laugh and cry.

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Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Madeleine Accalia’s White Girls provides a savvy and intelligent look at the Calais migrant crisis through the angle of voluntourism. Managing to successfully amuse and deliver heavyweight emotional blows, White Girls is an impressive theatrical piece.

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FringeReview 68 days ago

It all begins like a pop princess party that looks more likely to be Madonna than Mother Theresa. Eve and Leah have decided to fill their gap year with adventure. In three structured parts we then get their stories of how they travel, move onwards and make a big decision....

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