Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre


Founded in 1986, Talawa is the UK’s primary Black-led touring theatre company; with more than 40 award-winning productions from African classics to Oscar Wilde behind it. Informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience Talawa’s work is created by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. Touring small and middle-scale productions across the UK and running MAKE - a year round artist development programme for Black practitioners - the company is committed to investing in talent, developing audiences and inspiring dialogue with and within communities, both nationally and internationally.

Created by Therese Ikoko (previously a participant in Talawa Writers’ Programme), Girls is a co-production with the HighTide Festival and Soho Theatre - each a major platform for new playwrights. Highlighting the girls in the headlines, as well as those that are left unnoticed, the play explores the plight of three best friends whose world is turned upside down when they are kidnapped from their village by Boko Haram. With a background in criminology, Ikoko worked with gangs, serious youth violence offenders and the young women affected by them to craft a funny and fiercely passionate play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.

In the press

“A brave, striking debut…superbly nuanced, gripping central performances”
Sunday Times

“Scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch” The Times

Production details

  • Writer

    Theresa Ikoko
  • Director

    Elayce Ismail
  • Designer

    Rosanna Vize
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Estimate one flight case 27,648 inches cubed for costume and props. Set to be sourced/remade locally.

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    4.7m x 5.8m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance 2)
  • Production dates

    22 - 27 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    90 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Natasha Bucknor

  • Contact at showcase

    Paul Jellis
    Tel: +44(0)7946 250 093


Talawa offers a year round artist development programme called MAKE, and has solid experience of delivering workshops with, and for a wide range of groups.

For Girls the company are offering a mixed programme, tailored to the needs of the host organisation and community.