Podcast: Girls is about the girls, not Boko Haram’s Chibok kidnapping

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What an astonishing way to make your playwriting debut. Theresa Ikoko‘s first full-length play GIRLS was a Verity Bargate finalist and winner of both the Alfred Fagon Award (for Black British playwrights) and the George Devine Award (for new writers). The premiere production – co-produced by Talawa Theatre, HighTide Festival and Soho Theatre and directed by Elayce Ismail – is now enjoying its limited London season after runs in Aldeburgh and Birmingham, and Ikoko has several more commissions (and exciting news – previewed in the podcast) in the pipeline.

GIRLS centres on three young girls kidnapped from their home and held hostage in Africa, pawns in bitter religious warfare. It tells the stories of individuals behind international headlines, such as (but not just) Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls in 2014. But as much as – if not more than – it’s a story about war, it’s a story about friendship and loyalty.

After Saturday’s matinee performance (22 October 2016), I hosted a Q&A with Theresa Ikoko and GIRLS‘ three stars: Yvette Boakye, Abiola Ogunbiyi and Anita-Joy Uwajeh. Amongst the topics discussed: When can you start calling yourself a writer? How can theatre serve unheard voices? Why is joy part of the Nigerian culture? How did the casting of these three actresses influence the development of the characters? And, yes, a bit about Boko Haram as well as Western guilt and the scores of other victims around the world to whom the play is dedicated.

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Watch my pre-show video, view Q&A photos by Peter Jones and production photos, and live-tweeting from @SohoTheatre on www.terripaddock.comGIRLS run at London’s Soho Theatre until 29 October 2016.

 

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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