Posted on 28 September 2018.

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‘Once you’re a woman doing as she pleases with her body, in someone’s eyes you qualify for hoe status’

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play The Hoes, a riotous celebration of sisterhood, showing that while life may throw up unexpected turbulence, friendships will last the course. The cast includes Aretha Ayeh,Marième Diouf and Nicola Maisie Taylor and will be directed by Lakesha Arie-Angelo.

Bim, Alex and J have been best friends since school. Loud, funny, inseparable – they are the epitome of girls who just want to have fun. But now they’re 25, life is starting to get in the way. Careers, relationships, expectations...What better way to escape than a trip to Ibiza for a week of sun, sea and selfies? 

But there’s trouble in paradise when reality catches up with them, threatening to derail their holiday as they are forced to accept no amount of partying will let them escape themselves.

Aretha Ayeh plays Alex. Her theatre credits include Miss Littlewood; The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich; The Duchess of Malfi (RSC); Lady Chatterley’s Lover (UK Tour); Love Me Tender (UK Tour); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Rapunzel (Park Theatre); Dick Whittington and his Cat (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) and Pendragon (Rose Theatre, Kingston). Her film work includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Quiet Ones.Her television work includes The Strike; The 4 ’O’Clock ClubDoctors and Cucumber.   

Marième Diouf plays Bim. Her theatre credits include A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park); Hamlet; Cymbeline and King Lear (all RSC) and Liberian girl (Royal Court). Her television work includes Outlander.

Nicola Maisie Taylor plays J.Her theatre credits include Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Kilburn Passion; Storylab and The Dissidents (all Kiln Theatre); Takeaway (Theatre503); Might Never Happen and Birth Right (both Doll's Eye Theatre). 

The Hoes is Ifeyinwa Frederick’s first full-length play and was long listed for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and shortlisted for The Tony Craze Award and Character 7 Award. Ifeyinwa is a writer and entrepreneur, writing alongside her full-time job as co-founder of the world's first Nigerian tapas restaurant. Ifeyinwa began writing in 2016, joining Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab.

Lakesha Arie-Angelo is Soho Theatre’s Resident Director. Her work as Assistant Director at Soho includes The One; Touch; Blueberry Toast and Roller Diner (2017 West End Wilma Award for Best Comedy).  Her other director credits include Alive Day (Bunker) for Pint Sized Plays, AS:NT (Theatre503 - as part of Rapid Write) and Prodigal (Bush -  for ‘Artistic Directors of the Future Black Lives: Black Words’). Her work as a playwright includes Graveyard Gang for Tamasha Theatre’s associate company, Purple Moon Drama. Lakesha’s previous work as Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough theatre includes P'Yongyang; Treasure and Vibrant 2015 Festival of Finborough Playwrights. During the residency at the Finborough, Lakesha was awarded the Richard Carne Trust sponsorship.

Under 30? Join The Downstairs Club, our free membership scheme which allows under 30s to access all Hampstead Priority Booking periods for free, allowing young people the change to purchase the more cost effective seats. Email with your full name and date of birth to register.


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