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The Hoes

“Ferociously funny”

Bim, Alex and J are best friends. They’re 25-years-old and they’ve known each other since secondary school. Their closeness shows – they dance around in their underwear together, wear matching mani-pedis and inspect each others’ genital piercings.

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.

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Production Details
Production nameThe Hoes
VenueHampstead Downstairs
StartsOctober 26, 2018
EndsDecember 1, 2018
Running time1hr 30mins
AuthorIfeyinwa Frederick
DirectorLakesha Arie-Angelo
Set designerAnna Reid
Lighting designerJai Morjaria
Sound designerDuramaney Kamara
CastAretha Ayeh, Marieme Diouf, Nicola Maisie Taylor
Production managerNed Lay
Stage managerKatie Bachtler
ProducerCelia Atkin, Hampstead Downstairs
VerdictIfeyinwa Frederick’s ferociously funny debut play exudes black girl magic
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