Girls in Edinburgh
22nd – 27th August 2017
Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre presented Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning GIRLS, part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017.
Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 August at 12pm, Pleasance 2, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ - map
Running Time: 1hr 30m no interval
Recommended ages: 14+
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 hash tag that matters now is survival.
Girls is a funny and fiercely passionate new play about enduring friendship, love, strength and girlhood, and explores the voices and stories behind the trending hashtags and headlines that so quickly become yesterday’s news.
Theresa Ikoko’s Girls is a winner of the Alfred Fagon Award (2015) and joint winner of the George Devine Award (2016).
Theresa is a Talawa Writers’ Programme Playwright, and a Channel 4 writer on attachment to HighTide.
Meet the cast and creatives, and book
HEATHER AGYEPONG - Haleema
Heather is currently an Associate Artist at Talawa Theatre Company.
Theatre includes: So Many Reasons (Fuel Theatre & Ovalhouse Theatre); Best Friends (Ovalhouse); Brent in a Tent (Tricycle Theatre); Hatch (Talawa Theatre); Jagged Edge (Acrylick); Still Barred (Initiative.dkf); Switch (Tricycle Theatre); Antigone (T:24 Kent).
Film includes: Motherland (National Youth Film Academy).
Heather is also a visual artist, and has worked with such organisations as Autograph ABP, Dulwich Picture Gallery. She is currently under commission for the Tate.
YVETTE BOAKYE - Ruhab
Yvette trained in acting at the Oxford School of Drama. Since completing the three-year course she has gone on to perform at Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre (for Writers Avenue), Arcola Theatre (for Miniaturists 50), Drill Hall, Blenheim Palace (Oxford School of Drama), Etcetera Theatre (Skin Like Butter) and Latitude Festival.
Yvette returns to reprise her role in Girls after a successful run at HighTide, Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre.
Her first written play, which she also directed, was shown at York Gardens in summer 2016.
YASMIN MWANZA - Tisana
Theatre includes: St George and the Dragon (Workshop, National Theatre Studio); Blithe Spirit (Manchester School of Theatre); Doña Rosita (Manchester School of Theatre); The Blue Room (Manchester School of Theatre); King Richard II (Manchester School of Theatre); Lear’s Daughters (Arts Educational Schools).
Film includes: Leave to Remain (BBC3).
Yasmin won Best Screen Actor - Spotlight Awards 2017.
★★★★ “Scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch”
★★★★ " ... clever, audacious, entertaining and full of promise."
The Creative Team
Writer: Theresa Ikoko
Director: Elayce Ismail
Designer: Rosanna Vize
Sound Designer & Composer: Richard Hammarton
Lighting Designer: Andy Purves
Production Manager: Jonathan Samuels
Assistant Director: Charlotte Fraser
Stage Manager: Tanith Mackenzie
The Sunday Times
★★★★ "A brave, striking debut, made memorable by superbly nuanced, gripping central performances."
Girls by Theresa Ikoko
"You're kind of unprepared for where this piece will take you emotionally"