Talawa Theatre Theatre Company, HighTide and Martha Rose Wilson present Girls by Theresa Ikoko.

“Why is everyone so bloody obsessed with hashtags? Can you use it to shoot your way out of here?”

The sold-out, critically acclaimed hit of HighTide Festival 2016 returns after coming from the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017.

Three girls. Best friends forever. All the big issues: love, sex and religion…

But when they’re kidnapped from home, their world is turned upside down. Hope and despair blur, jokes and fights become one, and the only hashtag that matters now is survival.

A funny and fiercely passionate new play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.
Theresa Ikoko’s Girls is a Verity Bargate Award finalist and winner of the Alfred Fagon Award (2015) and joint winner of the George Devine Award (2016). She is a Talawa Writers’ Programme Playwright and a Channel 4 writer on attachment to HighTide.

Running Time: 1hr 30m no interval

Recommended ages: 14+

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Clever, audacious, entertaining and full of promise

Time Out

A brave, striking debut, made memorable by superbly nuanced, gripping central performances.

The Sunday Times

Superbly acted…leaving plenty of food for thought.

London Theatre 1

Cast & Creatives

  • Heather Agyepong Haleema
  • Yvette Boakye Ruhab
  • Yasmin Mwanza Tisana
  • Theresa Ikoko Writer
    Following the staged reading of Normal in HighTide Festival 2015, Theresa Ikoko, a Talawa Writers’ Programme playwright, returns to HighTide for her debut production. Her play Girls premieres at the 2016 HighTide Festival, and recently won the Alfred Fagon Award and was a named finalist for the Verity Bargate Award.
  • Elayce Ismail Director
    Elayce Ismail was awarded the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors 2014/2015, under which she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and directed Andrew Whaley’s The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre. She was co-founder/Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre from 2005 – 2009 and trained at LISPA.  Direction includes: The Iphigenia Quartet: Chorus, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre); Stay Another Song, Simpatico (Young Vic); The Lost Ring (NT, Deutsches Theater Berlin); Nanjing (The Yard); Treasure Island: Making a Scene, Alfred Fagon Award: GIRLS, Black Plays Series readings (NT); Struggle (Talawa Firsts, London & Bristol Somali Festivals); Bed & Breakfast (Brighton Fringe Festival & tour). Associate/assistant direction: The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera House); The Sound of Yellow, A Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Coming Home (Arcola Theatre).  Puppetry: Dr Korczak’s Example (Unicorn Theatre); Fast Burn (Kneehigh/NYT).  Performance: The Magic Flute (Complicite, ENO); Ring-a-Ding-Ding (Oily Cart); In A Pickle, (Oily Cart,RSC).
  • Rosanna Vize Designer
  • Andy Purves Lighting Designer
  • Richard Hammarton Sound Designer and Composer
  • Jonathan Samuels Production Manager
  • Charlotte Fraser Assistant Director
  • Tanith Mackenzie Stage Manager