Plays by Theresa Ikoko


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Tisana, Ruhab and Haleema are three teenage girls who have been best friends forever. But when they are kidnapped from their home town, each must find their own way to survive. Girls explores enduring friendship, girlhood and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.

Theresa Ikoko’s funny and fiercely passionate play was the winner of the George Devine Award (2016) and Alfred Fagon Award (2015) and was a Verity Bargate Award finalist. Girls received its world premiere at HighTide Festival 2016 on 8 September 2016 in a production by HighTide, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company, and directed by Elayce Ismail.

Theresa Ikoko was born and raised in Hackney, London. In August 2013, she completed her first full-length play, Normal, which debuted at Talawa Firsts' 2014 season. Normal was also chosen for Tricycle Theatre's young writers' programme and was selected for Critical Mass at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Her play Visiting Hours was chosen for Belgrade Theatre's The New Black Showcase in 2014. Her first professionally produced play, Girls, was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award 2015 and won the Alfred Fagon Award 2015.