Theatre Royal Plymouth - Girls
Girls, the funny and fiercely passionate play by award-winning playwright Theresa Ikoko will visit Theatre Royal Plymouth Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October following an acclaimed run as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017. Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria, Girls examines the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.
“Why is everyone so bloody obsessed with hashtags?
Can you use it to shoot your way out of here?”
Three everyday girls, three best friends forever and three big issues: love, sex, 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 hashtag that now matters is survival. Girls is a play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and how the West often turns a blind eye to the stories behind headlines.
Theresa Ikoko wrote Girls when she became curious about the girls in the headlines, as well as those that are left unnoticed. With a background in criminology, Theresa works with gangs and serious youth violence offenders in the community, plus young women affected by gang and serious youth violence.
Theresa is a Talawa Writers’ Programme Playwright and continues to work closely with both HighTide and Soho Theatre. The production stars Heather Agyepong as Haleema, Yvette Boakye as Ruhab and Yasmin Mwanza as Tisana.
Directed by Elayce Ismail (The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, Gate Theatre; Iphigenia Quartet: Chorus, Gate Theatre; Nanjing, The Yard), Girls won critical acclaim in its opening performances at London’s Soho Theatre, the Birmingham Rep and HighTide Festival in 2016. Girls follows Theresa’s debut play Normal, which was part of Talawa Firsts in 2014 and staged at HighTide Festival in 2015.
Girls was the joint winner of the George Devine Award (2016), the Alfred Fagon Award (2015), and was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award (2015).
Heather Agyepong is currently an Associate Artist at Talawa Theatre Company. Her theatre credits include: 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). She is currently under commission for the Tate.
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 (for Writers Avenue), Arcola Theatre (for Miniaturists 50), Drill Hall, Blenheim Palace (Oxford School of Drama), Etcetera Theatre (Skin Like Butter) and Latitude Festival.
Yasmin Mwanza’s theatre credits include: 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) and Lear’s Daughters (Arts Educational Schools).
Tickets are priced at £15 and can be booked online at www.theatreroyal.com or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222. Concessions are available.