HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/CELIA ATKIN PRESENT

THE HOES

By IFEYINWA FREDERICK
Directed by LAKESHA ARIE-ANGELO

Running time: 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES (NO INTERVAL)

£5 - £14 (See ticket information)

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

Downstairs

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26 Oct - 1 Dec 2018
£5 - £14

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'Sparkling dialogue and effervescent performances’ | ★★★★ Evening Standard 
'Exudes black girl magic'★★★★ The Stage
‘Frederick's debut as a playwright is momentous’ | ★★★★  Broadway World 
‘A piece that everyone who enjoys theatre should see’  ★★★★ The Upcoming 


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.

Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play is a riotous celebration of sisterhood, showing that while life may throw up unexpected turbulence, friendships will last the course.

Suggested age guidance: 16+. Please note this production contains graphic sexual language.

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  • Evening Standard

    'There’s a new source of light and life at Hampstead and it’s coming from below stairs.' 

    'The previous play in the downstairs studio, Every Day I Make Greatness Happen, was a hit and so is this lewd, loud and lively three-hander from debut playwright Ifeyinwa Frederick, which shows a group of sexually ebullient young women luxuriating in their physical selves.'

    'Longstanding friends Alex (Aretha Ayeh), Bim (Marième Diouf) and J (Nicola Maisie Taylor) are on a blow-out girls’ holiday to Ibiza, all vodka in the coffee mugs for breakfast and much rummaging in suitcases for a new slinky outfit each night.' 

    'The delightful dialogue zings and sparkles: “I like spreading joy.” “You mean, your legs.”' 

    'Yet beneath the effervescent surface of these 25-year-old girls who just wanna have fun lurk buried issues, not least that bottle of tablets Bim is stashing away and refusing to take. Will a happily-ever-after await them at the end of all this partying? And is that what they even want?'

    '...director Lakesha Arie-Angelo never allows the energy levels to flag, offering a production of joyously bursting physicality and there’s strong work from Diouf as the sharp-talking Bim, who uses sex to feel in control. In a sentence, Diouf can spin Bim from elation to despair.'

    'What Frederick and Arie-Angelo need, deserve, now is sustained support to build their careers. Let’s hope London theatre can manage this.'

    The Hoes review: Sparkling dialogue and effervescent performances
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  • The Stage

    'Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play is set on an all girls’ holiday to Ibiza. Their trip consists of drinking all day, partying every night, and talking about sex. A lot. Which of them is getting it, which of them needs to get more of it and which of them needs to get spicy with it.'

    'The 90-minute piece, directed by Lakesha Arie-Angelo, is set in a hotel room, realistically designed by Anna Reid in modern, muted pastel shades with a bed in the middle and an en-suite bathroom in one corner. The costume includes a selection of silk headscarves, for bedtime. For all the talk of sex, it seems apt that it is set on a thrust stage.'

    'Frederick’s ferociously funny writing is lit up by the performances of Marieme Diouf, Aretha Ayeh, and Nicola Maisie Taylor. Much of the humour is in their candour. Be it during an in-depth discussion about how much caucasian penis looks like raw chicken or when Diouf’s Bim announces that she masturbates as religiously as a buddhist monk meditates.'

    'That they are all black women is part of what makes the play remarkable: it captures the essence of millennial sisterhood, free from tired trauma narratives.'

    ''Verdict: Ifeyinwa Frederick’s ferociously funny debut play exudes black girl magic.'

    The Hoes review at Hampstead Downstairs, London – ‘ferociously funny’
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  • Broadway World

    'The Hoes is a joyous celebration of millennial womanhood and friendship that's unafraid to show the darker side of growing up.'

    'Frederick's script owns a defined, defiant bluntness that holds its own in a spectrum that goes from sex (a lot of it) to addressing suicide. She gives the audience an intimate ride into the minds of three young women who are trying to find themselves. One of them struggles with her inner demons, another one with what her family thinks of her, the remaining one with her drive.'

    'They tackle intimacy and what comes with it with freshness and candour, covering relationships, flings and one-night stands like any sex-positive friends in real life would. This verisimilitude that lingers throughout the play is what gives it a beating heart. The characters are far from stereotypes, and there's not a hint of the mythical "millennial snowflake" in sight.'

    'These are intelligent women who have to get on with their lives and who want to have the best time in Ibiza with each other. Ayeh, Diouf and Taylor share a sparking chemistry; they bounce off each other's remarks and give multi-faceted and complete performances. Arie-Angelo directs their frankness and outspokenness delicately, focusing the scene largely on a bed.'

    'Anna Reid's set design is as bright as the women it holds: pastels and neons are set against the hues of a sunset, accurately giving the piece the holiday vibe it needs to convey. What makes the show a milestone, besides the exceptional writing, is the invigorating composition of the cast and creative team.'

    'The Hoes is a universal piece of theatre that touches highly important matter in the lives of young women. Frederick's debut as a playwright is momentous and couldn't come at a better time.'

    BWW Review: THE HOES, Hampstead Theatre
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  • The Upcoming

    'Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play takes us to Ibiza, where three 25-year-old women are in search of sun, sand and sex. However, before their escapism can be fully realised real life catches up with them, and the friends talk candidly about their aspirations and insecurities. At the show’s preview performance, the intimate setting of the downstairs studio at Hampstead Theatre combined with Anna Reid’s minimal set and Jai Morjaria’s soft lighting allows the audience to feel like a fly on the wall. A contemporary soundtrack designed by Duramaney Kamara propels us into the Spanish island and contributes to the fast pace of the production, which runs for approximately 95 minutes without an interval.'

    'It is the acting, however, that draws us in and grasps our attention. Aretha Ayeh as Alex and Nicola Maisie Taylor as J are exceptional in their powerfully understated and naturalistic performances, but Marième Diouf as Bim stands out and elevates the piece with some particularly emotive and sensitive scenes as her character struggles with anxiety and depression.' 

    'The dialogue is razor sharp and punchy, often generating laugh-out-loud moments but remaining authentic and true to character throughout, and the bond these women share is incredibly believable and a real joy to watch.'

    '...in many ways, it’s a piece that everyone who enjoys theatre should see. It is deeply rooted in the now and the genuinely real and raw responses of the characters to situations and events are representative of 20 and 30-somethings trying to navigate through life in 2018. This is a production that has something to say. It both entertains and enlightens. The carefully constructed dialogue, poignant performances and character-driven comedy leave us feeling as warm as we would be in the Ibiza sun, but this getaway is selling fast, so don’t miss the party.'

    The Hoes at Hampstead Theatre
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Artistic team

WRITER

IFEYINWA FREDERICK

DIRECTOR

LAKESHA ARIE-ANGELO

DESIGNER

ANNA REID

LIGHTING

JAI MORJARIA

SOUND

DURAMANEY KAMARA

movement

DIANE ALISON-MITCHELL

 

Cast

THE HOES:★★★★ FROM THE EVENING STANDARD

Posted on 12 November 2018

Fiona Mountford awards Ifeyinwa Frederick's The Hoes four stars.

THE HOES: ★★★★FROM THE STAGE

Posted on 9 November 2018

JN Benjamin awards Ifeyinwa Frederick's The Hoes four stars.

THE HOES: FULL CAST ANNOUNCED

Posted on 28 September 2018

Aretha Ayeh,Marième Diouf and Nicola Maisie Taylor will star.

AUTUMN SEASON 2018 ANNOUNCED

Posted on 28 June 2018

Featuring a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit and Maisie Williams' stage debut

First five performances: All tickets £5
The next twelve performances: £12
Performances thereafter: £14
Seniors: £10 (matinee only)
Under 30s and Students: £10
Access: £6
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

Video and Image Gallery

NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J) NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J)
MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM) MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM)
ARETHA AYEH (ALEX) ARETHA AYEH (ALEX)
MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM) & NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J) MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM) & NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J)
ARETHA AYEH (ALEX) ARETHA AYEH (ALEX)
NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J) NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J)
MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM) MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM)
LAKESHA ARIE-ANGELO (DIRECTOR) & IFEYINWA FREDERICK (WRITER) LAKESHA ARIE-ANGELO (DIRECTOR) & IFEYINWA FREDERICK (WRITER)
NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J) NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J)
IFEYINWA FREDERICK (WRITER) & LAKESHA ARIE-ANGELO (DIRECTOR) IFEYINWA FREDERICK (WRITER) & LAKESHA ARIE-ANGELO (DIRECTOR)
MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM), NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J) & ARETHA AYEH (ALEX) MARIÈME DIOUF (BIM), NICOLA MAISIE TAYLOR (J) & ARETHA AYEH (ALEX)
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