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Margo MacDonald in The Elephant Girls. Photo: Allan Mackey.

Margo MacDonald’s hit show The Elephant Girls returns to Ottawa—online March 23 to 27

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on March 22, 2021

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Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


March is International Women’s Month, and we can bet you’re probably not familiar with this interesting piece of women’s history: The Elephant Girls tells the story of the all-female gang that terrorized London for a century, focusing on the height of its power in the 1920s.

Don’t mess with the Elephant Girls. Photo: Andrew Alexander.

The GCTC is celebrating its 46th season and bringing The Elephant Girls back to the nation’s capital (albeit in a virtual, unstaged performance) from March 23 to 27. If you didn’t catch the sold-out-run at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in 2015, you’ve finally got another chance! If you did catch it, refresh your memory with this tale, performed solo, direct to the camera, one-on-one style, and see if there have been any updates or adjustments.

Written and performed by Margo MacDonald, we have no doubt that, even performed virtually, the show will continue to enthrall and leave an impact on audiences as they follow the rise and fall of this lost piece of history.

The show has won multiple awards, had two sold-out runs at fringe festivals, and toured abroad to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the UK, and Ireland. This is one of those shows that you’d have been sorry you missed if you didn’t catch it a few years ago—definitely a mistake you wouldn’t want to repeat this year. It’s a difficult year for the arts and theatre community, so all the more reason to do whatever you can to support great talent and reward your been-in-a-pandemic-for-over-a-year-now self with what is sure to be a stunning performance in a unique setting.


The Elephant Girls will stream live on March 23 at 8pm EDT on gctc.ca. The recording will be accessible until March 27 at 11:59pm EDT. Tickets are on sale as of March 16 at GCTC’s box office at 613-236-5196 or online. Prices range from $5 to $15, $25, and $40.


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