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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

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Running Time: 1hr 30m no interval

Recommended ages: 14+

Click here for information on the Girls tour


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 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 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.

  • The Times

    ★★★★ “Scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch”

  • Time Out

    ★★★★ " ... 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."

  • Theresa Ikoko talking to The Stylist (September 2016)

    “ … for me, it’s a play about friendship and resilience; about three girls with names and personalities … I wanted to write about the girls – not the men.”

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