Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ever wondered what’s inside a girl?

Tilly and Inga exist in a bubble called Girl World where the only rule is ‘No boys allowed.’ It starts off all rainbows and moonbeams.  But when Tilly thinks the unthinkable and asks, "is there anybody out there?" Girl World descends into a foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed battleground with both girls vying for dominance. And then they discover "The Hole".

An hilarious new musical from makers of Fringe hit PUSSY, directed by Fringe First winner Rebecca Hill.

Expect a live band, song and dance, goddess-worship, octopus birthing and Beckett-tinged woe-begottenness. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered Bjork’s brain, swam through a J-Pop video and emerged out into something quite surprisingly universal and relatable.

“a whirlwind of naivety, innuendo and fully-blown expletives… has its audiences splitting at the seams” (ayoungertheatre.com 2017)
 “comedy gold, whilst also remaining heartfelt and human” (theauthenticproject.co.uk 2018) 
"innocent and subversive all at the same time" 
(thetung.co.uk 2017)
"extraordinarily funny, and always sympathetic." 
(Outcast Studios 2017)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Brainchild Residency

We were so lucky to develop Girl World during a ten day residency with Brainchild in December 2017. Brainchild have always been a home-from-home artistically. They have a completely interdisciplinary strong community of incredible artists, who continue to inspire our own making. They have nurtured our work since our first piece 'PUSSY' up until now.

Having the freedom to storm into Platform, make a big mess with a whole bunch of creatives and turn out Girl World was the best. We couldn't have done it without them. 

Afterwards we wrote a blog post for them about our experiences... and here's what we had to say:

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Our EdFringe poster!!!

Big thank you to Ally Whitaker for the illustration and Linus Dawson for the Graphics!

Girl World review: A Younger Theatre

This is Girl World. “A place where girls can be girls. Where no one can make fun of them.”
Written and directed by Camille Dawson and with co-direction by Lucy Mann, Girl World is the first full-length production by newly formed performance collective, Frisky. The pair met while studying Theatre and Film at Bristol University and have been making performance as part of the company Tight Theatre since 2015. Historically, their body of work is playful and provocative with particular concentration on the feminine form. Girl World continues to expose themes in relation to this, following best friends Tilly and Inga as they explore the patterns of sexuality through pre-teen eyes.
The concept for Girl World began when Dawson was only eight years old. When she and her two sisters chanced upon a large roll of wallpaper, they designed a landscape made up of vast effeminate idealisms – a place with only one rule: “No boys allowed”. The play draws on the lineage of these ideas and makes a tangible environment in which this coming-of-age comedy can unfold. With a population of two, the bubble that is Girl World proves to be both magical and wildly claustrophobic. The girls struggle with an infinite curiosity of the opposite sex, so when they find a tear in the border separating them from the rest of society, they are faced with an opportunity to discover things that they have only been able to imagine. With only Tilly ready to embrace this change, which world will they choose?
Designed by Ranya El-Refaey, the set appears as if the mindset of a child has fallen through the ceiling. Streaks of colour cross a backdrop singing of innocence, naming key locations and phrases within the story. A single jelly shoe is suspended from above, turning gently among other miscellaneous items. The image is completed by The Goddess Fatnaboona – a bright orange space hopper – as she burns brightly at the centre of the universe, illuminating a Sacrificing Slab and a naughty step on which you can be as ill-behaved as you please.
Dressed in vibrant layers of clothing, Inga (played by Serena Ramsey) and Tilly (Played by Dawson) entertain themselves with a wonderful sense of humour. They speak in a whirlwind of naivety, innuendo and fully-blown expletives, a combination that has its audience splitting at the seams. Original music is heralded by sequences of interpretive dance, each number a means to make sense of their surroundings. A keyboard and an electric guitar (played by Franklin Dawson and Oscar Lane) also work well to create a sticky sense of atmosphere when the suspiciously clitoral-shaped hole appears in the fabric of Girl World, again proving to be an excellent source of comedy throughout.
What is particularly striking is the way that Girl World manages to capture the turbulent relationship of the youngsters so effectively. The finished article is an endearing and universally relatable event, like a photograph of the exact moment where one chooses maturity over make-believe. Frisky have created an imaginative production and have stayed true to the extra-terrestrial feminism that is so unique to them as artists. “Girl World all the way!”.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hot damn! Superb review from The Authentic Project (June 2018)

Link to review:

Thanks to
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for coming down to Platform, Southwark ... and for digging Girl World so much! 

Welcome to Girl World, where there’s only one rule: NO BOYS ALLOWED. Meet Tilly and Inga, two best friends who have never needed anything except each other and the garish, glitter-covered world in which they live. But there’s trouble brewing in paradise; Inga is content with miraculously birthing Beanie Babies every day, and whittling dick chopper-offers from pieces of driftwood on the beach, but Tilly wants something more. She wants to explore the intriguingly mysterious hole that has appeared in the fabric of Girl World (10 points if you can spot the innuendo).

We watch as Tilly, once the leader of the pack, succumbs to the insatiable pull of the hole and the pleasures that the outside world could bring, and simultaneously breaks Inga’s heart. Inga resorts to increasingly desperate measures to try to change Tilly’s mind (including a hilarious sequence in which she pretends to be possessed by the goddess of Girl World, Fatnaboona) but nothing seems to work and the girls eventually come head to head in an almighty, prepubescent showdown. After sweat, tears and probably some blood as well, the girls realise that their care for each other is more important than anything else and that they must brave the world beyond the hole together. 
Girl World is a wonderfully relatable, refreshingly honest coming of age story of the sort that we are desperately lacking in mainstream theatre. Very rarely does anyone talk about that uncomfortable stage in girlhood when childishness and sexuality collide and Camille, Franklin and Paul Dawson’s script portrays this perfectly. Although erratic, crude and completely outrageous it is apparent that the inspiration for the script came from real life – Girl World the place was first created by an eight-year-old Camille and two friends on a giant roll of wallpaper. This unabashed truthfulness shines through and invites us in, reminding us of our own outlandish and ‘inappropriate’ games and encouraging us to look back on this time in our lives with fondness rather than embarrassment.
The script is accompanied by music by Franklin Dawson (performed by himself and Oscar Lane) that is reminiscent of the silly songs we would make up as pre-teens, trying desperately to be ‘cool’ like our favourite bands. This enhances the over the top nature of the show and dials the comedy up to 200% – everyone around me was in stitches from the word go. The piece is also complemented by Ranya El-Refaey’s fantastically gaudy design. Pieces of coloured fabric are stitched together and draped across the set and teddies hang from the ceiling, immediately giving the impression that we are in some sort of magical yet strangely adult blanket fort. This makes familiar the strange and surreal and helps us settle into Girl World before we even meet Tilly and Inga.
And as for the actors themselves…Serena Ramsay (Inga) and Camille Dawson (Tilly) have such a wonderful and genuine chemistry that you can’t help but to want to watch them. The combined energy that they inject into their performance is exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time, demanding the constant engagement of the audience. The contrasting styles of the two girls work perfectly together: Ramsay is the clown, her physical comedy and uninhibited character play are evocative of an excitable younger sister. Dawson shows us the bossier older sister, the confident leader, who’s trying to suppress her silliness in order to be ‘cool’, which is hilarious in itself.
Girl World is comedy gold, whilst also remaining heartfelt and human and is an absolute joy to watch. Unfortunately its run at Platform Southwark has now ended but you can catch Tilly and Inga at SpaceTriplex, from 3rd – 25th August, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. So hurry along because the tour of Girl World is about to begin, and trust me, it’s not something that you want to miss.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Frisky presents
Girl World
Edinburgh Fringe 2018, 
03-25 August, 
SpaceTriplex (Venue38), Studio
3-11 Aug 21:45
13-18 Aug 22:45
20-25 Aug 21:45