HighTide, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present the world premiere of Girls.

“Why waste money printing flyers if you’re just going to shoot everyone anyway?’

Tisana, Ruhab and Haleema are normal girls. But they are captive in a world of smoke, dust and gunfire. Their hometown destroyed, their families missing and their childhood friends killed, these three girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Girls explores the voices and stories behind the trending hashtags and headlines that so quickly become yesterday’s news. This is a story of an enduring friendship, of love, strength and girlhood.

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Running Time: 1hr 30m no interval.

Supported by

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

The Sunday Times

Clever, audacious, entertaining and full of promise

Time Out

Cast & Creatives

  • 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).