A Good Enough Girl? feels like one of Edinburgh Fringe’s hidden gems. Aimed at audiences 8+, this is a feel good piece. It’s a little educational with lots of positive messaging- in a completely fun way.
The premise? In a dystopian future, right-wing governments have reduced women to second-class citizens, unable to work or vote. But a resistance movement seeks to research the contributions to history that women have made.
Whilst this sounds a little hard-going, the production manages to be everything but. Interwoven into the hour are layers of history, reflection, poignancy and, importantly for the younger audience fun.
Initiated from the outset into the resistance movement, we are swept along with the whirlwind of Summer. Maegon Hearons successfully injects fun, energy and momentum into the role of someone who’s ready to take on the world. Unfortunately for Summer, we are back in a world where the need for women to learn or work has been removed, so that focus can instead be given to knitting and child-bearing.
Summer is fantastically contrasted by the sternness and militant approach of Chloe (Gowan Calder). Embodying every headmistress stereotype, Gowan Calder provides the balance to the piece which enables the fun to be balanced. This results in a piece which inspires and gets into the psyche of the younger audience.
The resistance meeting is the opportunity to explore newly found archives containing files on the contributions of women from years gone by. Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Malala Yousafzai, Florence Nightingale. Whilst the events which led to the anti-feminist state are a little vague, the production successfully weaves in references which enable the premise to be understood.
With a gradual increase of audience participation, which leads to everyone bopping along to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’. The production is successful in ensuring the audience take away from the production not only new knowledge and appreciation of female contribution to our world but also an injection of fun.
Of course, all is not what is seems and Chloe has a spanner to throw into the works. This leads to moments of poignancy and for the production to leave with its audience with fire in its belly- that together change is possible.
A Good Enough Girl? is a fun way to introduce younger audiences to the contribution women have and continue to make to our society. The perfect production to inspire 8 – 12 year olds of their role in the world. A production which needs to be seen.
A Good Enough Girl? is at Assembly George Square Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the show at 11.50 until Monday 27th August 2018.
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