Eleven year old Girl X has severe cerebral palsy and the mental age of a 5-month old infant. Her condition will not, cannot, change or improve.
Her mother believes that, for Girl X, the physical changes that accompany adolescence can only bring distress. So, to spare her the onset of menstruation, Mrs X has requested that surgeons remove her daughter’s womb.
The doctors have accepted the argument that this controversial surgery will, ultimately, improve her quality of life and have sought legal approval to carry out the procedure.
In Girl X the case is examined from the point of view of the onlookers, a Greek chorus that asks what could or should happen next?
Performer and disabled rights activist Robert Softley challenges this chorus, examining the case and related ethical issues. When do private matters become public concern? Is the majority always right? Do wheelchair users know better? Where will it all end?
Inspired by debates on internet forums, Girl X is a powerful and provocative new piece of theatre from Pol Heyvaert, the creator of the National Theatre of Scotland’s extraordinary Aalst co-produced with Belgian theatre company Victoria.
Cast & Crew
|As Himself||Robert Softley|
|Greek Chorus||Margaret Burns|
|Greek Chorus||Catherine Chan|
|Greek Chorus||Kris Haddow|
|Greek Chorus||Susan Hansen|
|Greek Chorus||Judith Hastie|
|Greek Chorus||Sophie Hazell|
|Greek Chorus||Eddy Hull|
|Greek Chorus||Alexa Ispas|
|Greek Chorus||Katrina Lamont|
|Greek Chorus||Craig McEwan|
|Greek Chorus||Jackie McIntosh|
|Greek Chorus||Christopher McKiddie|
|Greek Chorus||Gavin Millar|
|Greek Chorus||David Rudden|
|Greek Chorus||Jamie Stokes|
|Company Stage Manager||Kate Ferris|
|Composer & Sound Designer||Scott Twynholm|
|Deputy Stage Manager||Emma Skaer|
|Lighting Designer||Lizzie Powell|
|Lighting Supervisor||Neill Pollard|
|Set Designer||Martin McNee|
|Sound Supervisor||Neil Mclean|
|Video Designer||Tim Reid|
Inspired by debates on internet forums, Girl X is a powerful and provocative new piece of theatre from director and co-writer Pol Heyvaert and disabled rights activist, performer and co-writer Robert Softley. Softley challenges a Greek Chorus on the case of eleven year old Girl X who has severe cerebral palsy, examining the case and related ethical issues. When do private matters become public concern? Is the majority always right? Do wheelchair users know better? Where will it all end?
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