About The Girls of Slender Means

Drama adapted by Gabriel Quigley, from the novel by Muriel Spark
Directed by Roxana Silbert

We were girls together during the war. In a boarding house for women on the Bayswater Road called The May of Teck Club. It was 1945, when all the nice people were poor... allowing for exceptions.

Set in the summer of 1945, The Girls of Slender Means follows the adventures of a group of young women who are caught between hope and unhappiness. As each girl grapples with what happened in the war, they begin to imagine what lies ahead of them in peacetime. A Schiaparelli gown, suitors and bacon rations are all bartered with in this lively and moving stage adaption of Spark's seminal novel.

Romance, work, fashion and politics collide in The Girls of Slender Means as the girls find joy amongst the rubble.

Production supported by James and Morag Anderson and Margaret Duffy and Peter Williamson

5 Stars

"has to be on your go to see list"

Arts Reviews Edinburgh

5 Stars

"a sight to behold"

The Edinburgh Reporter

4 Stars

"sassy, smart, funny and quietly devastating"

The Guardian

4 Stars

"Roxana Silbert’s unfaltering, increasingly gripping production"

The Times

4 Stars

"An exceedingly impressive ensemble"

Corr Blimey

4 Stars

"How wonderful to see a young, predominantly female cast command one of Scotland’s biggest stages with such vivacity and vitality."

The Stage

Cast and Credits

  • Writer Gabriel Quigley
  • Director Roxana Silbert
  • Designer Jessica Worrall
  • Lighting Designer Matt Haskins
  • Composer & Sound Designer Nick Powell
  • Movement Director Jack Webb
  • Casting Directors Simone Pereira Hind (CDG) & Anna Dawson
  • Dramaturg Jackie Crichton
  • Producer David Dey
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