Girls is a beautiful, sweet and often terrifying portrayal of three best friends as they experience a truly horrific ordeal. Kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, the three girls use imagination, gossip and playful energy to keep the brutality outside at bay.

The first thing that strikes the audience is how easily we relate. We instantly recognise our younger selves in them, which makes the atrocities they undergo pack an even more gut wrenching punch. The reality of the situation is never sugar coated, and although the three girls attempt to adjust and remain strong and light hearted, the hard truth is never far away, and we are not spared the graphic details of the terror. The reality of our society, and how we view war crimes and atrocities in other countries, is played out in detail, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to feel the continuous twinges of guilt and shame as they remark on how ‘old news’ this story is.

It is profound, fast paced and at some points, truly poetic. The acting is superb and mesmerising, and I have rarely been so lost in a performance. This piece is so striking, it has the capacity to change minds and hearts, and should be compulsory viewing for all.

Words: Rachel Mackie

Girls, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 23-27, 12pm

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