Funny, gripping, emotional. White Girls does everything a comedy drama should do and it packs a political punch.
The two woman show is based on real events that took place in Calais’ famous refugee camp, ‘the Jungle’, when Drama graduates Leah and Eve jump on a ferry to make their positive contribution to the world. They are white girls joining the voluntourism movement and they are out of their depth.
As the audience cram into an adapted shipping container in the humid conditions of a bank holiday heatwave, it’s hard not to draw similarities to being stowed in the back of a lorry. These conditions play to the show’s advantage, immersing the audience in a narrative about the harsh reality of a refugee’s experience and of those trying to help. It’s a tale of adventure, altruism, confusion and guilt. How can I help? Am I doing enough? Is it all worthwhile?
Aptly depicting the political climate before the EU referendum is one of White Girls’ highlights. Every popular opinion is delivered with a dose of satire and the characters are instantly familiar. It’s a device that enables White Girls to tackle the confusing mix of emotions felt by the privileged, as they try to negotiate international crises and justify their own behaviour.
Get ready to be entertained and educated in equal measure. Leah and Eve’s playful, yet powerful, performances will leave a lasting impact.
White Girls performed at Theatre Box, The Warren on Friday, 26 May.
Review by Jodie Rawl