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22 - 27 August
by Theresa Ikoko
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Scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch

The Times

Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre present Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning Girls, part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017.

"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.

We are delighted Girls will feature as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Girls will run in Pleasance Two at Pleasance Courtyard from 22nd - 27th August 2017.

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Running Time: 1hr 30m no interval.

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

The Sunday Times

Clever, audacious, entertaining and full of promise

Time Out

Dates & Locations

HighTide Festival Walthamstow 2017 28th September - 7th October Book tickets
HighTide Festival Aldeburgh 2017 17th September Book tickets
Salisbury Playhouse 17th September Visit site
Theatre Royal Plymouth 17th September Visit site
Pleasance Theatre 22 - 27 August Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Heather Agyepong Haleema

    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).

  • Yvette Boakye Ruhab

    Yvette Boakye 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 (Writers Avenue), Arcola Theatre (Miniaturists 50), Drill Hall, Blenheim Palace (Oxford School of Drama), Etcetera Theatre (Skin Like Butter) and Latitude Festival. Her first written play, which she also directed was shown at York Gardens in summer 2016.

    Yvette returns to reprise her role in Girls after a successful run at HighTide, Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre.

  • Yasmin Mwanza Tisana

    Winner: Best Screen Actor - Spotlight Awards 2017

    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).

  • 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).

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