Black Theatre Live



Co-produced by HighTide, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company

Written by Theresa Ikoko
Directed by Elayce Ismail

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 by Boko Haram.

Theresa Ikoko’s funny, passionate and explosive new play won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2015. Theresa is a Talawa Writers’ Programme Playwright and her play Normal was previously staged at Talawa Firsts and HighTide.

Directed by Elayce Ismail (The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco), Girls makes its world premiere this autumn at HighTide, followed by the London premiere at Soho Theatre.

Theresa Ikoko on receiving The George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright:

" ... Winning means a lot to me ... but in particular, for me, because of what thisstory is.

In Girls Haleema tells Tisana that nobody cares, and for so many people who feel forgotten and/or unworthy, that is their truth. Tisana rejects that truth, telling Haleema that she cares, and that others must. 

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 ..."