Girls, by Theresa Ikoko
Talawa Theatre Company is proud to present
By Theresa Ikoko
A co-production with Soho Theatre and HighTide
“Why waste money printing flyers if you’re going to shoot everyone anyway?”
Tisana, Ruhab, and Haleema are three normal girls. They have a lot to say about family, faith, the world, growing up, their bodies, other people’s bodies, and much more. They’ve got plenty of time to talk. They’ve been kidnapped.
Theresa Ikoko’s funny, passionate and explosive new play won the Alfred Fagon Award and the George Devine Award in 2015. Theresa is a Talawa Writers’ Programme Playwright and her play Normal was previously staged at Talawa Firsts 2014 before being produced at HighTide.
Directed by Elayce Ismail (The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco), Girls makes its world premiere this autumn at HighTide, followed by a London premiere at Soho Theatre.
★★★★★ " ... deals with topics that could be uncomfortable, but handles them deftly, with humour and style. Its script is tight and smart, packed with dialogue that is poetic in its truth. Its leads are charming, and magnetic."
Theresa Ikoko, on jointly winning the George Devine Award for Girls
"Winning the George Devine Award says to me that maybe these amazing people in the industry are not only behind me, but that they got behind these three girls, recognised them, related to them and said "we care too". It's empowering ..."
We are now developing the next generation of Black British writers such as Arinze Kene, Somalia Seaton, Theresa Ikoko and Inua Ellams and becoming a home for Black British talent. Talawa is developing a space in which unheard voices can first be heard and is becoming an influential player in shaping a diverse future for British theatre.