Reviewed by Teresa Jones
We went to the Drum Theatre, which is located within Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, last night (10 October 2017) to see Girls.
The theatre is really easy to find being located right in the centre of Plymouth on Royal Parade, it is on the main bus route, there are plenty of taxi ranks and amply car parking close to the theatre.
The theatre was bright and clean and the front desk staff were very helpful there was also a young man greeting people as they arrived who was very pleasant.
One older lady showing people to their seats was a little flustered and seemed a little sharp at times it was busy with a lot of young people and it is a small theatre.
In the foyer there is a nice little coffee shop with a lovely relaxed atmosphere although it is quite expensive there is a large range of snacks and cakes and hot and cold drinks.
We had good seats, four rows from the stage.
There is just one very basic set where the whole play takes place with lighting used for the scene changes.
The play, written by Theresa Ikoko, is the story of three young girls who are best friends who have been kidnapped for their villages and held hostage in a compound.
It is a very powerful, moving and emotional story where you see the girls going through a range of emotions and different scenarios just trying to survive and not knowing what has happened to all the people they love.
There is a lot of humour within the story Ruhab, played by Yvette Boakye, has a lot of funny lines and plays her character with great passion.
Yasmin Mwanza, who plays the wonderful childlike and full of hope Tisana, copes with the frightening situation by using her imagination to escape the horror that is taking place all around her and the fear she has of the girls being separated and although being childlike she is extremely brave and sticks to her beliefs.
Haleema, played by Heather Agyepong, is the mother figure of the group but gets taken in by the ways of the camp.
I found the accents hard to understand at first but having to concentrate on each of the characters added to the feeling of the play as I felt as if I was there with them. The simple set made sure that nothing detracted for the girl’s performances which were all fantastically powerful and made you think a lot about the world today and human nature.
The ending left me wanting to know more as I didn’t feel we really got to know how or why things had happened this was the only downside of a very thought-provoking show.
I would recommend Girls.
Tickets cost £15 (booking fees may apply).
Girls is at the Theatre Royalin Plymouth from 10-14 October 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222