School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play London Reviews and Tickets

(17 Ratings)
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Hilarious

About the Show

The UK premiere of Jocelyn Bioh's comedy about a group of high-school girls vying for a pageant crown.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (17)

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98 Reviews | 6 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want great performances - and lots of comedy - the story had meaning but was not the focus - brilliantly done

Don't see it if This is a must see - no reason not to watch this

131 Reviews | 10 Followers
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a laugh-out-loud funny but also topical and thought provoking evening. If you enjoy a talented cast and brilliant direction.

Don't see it if you don't find teenage angst amusing (though missing it would be a shame). You don't enjoy thinking alongside your laughing. Read more

51 Reviews | 3 Followers
Important, Moving, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like a comedy with some deep emotional moments too

Don't see it if you want a play with an interval, this is a one-act play

27 Reviews | 4 Followers
Ambitious, Slick, Creative, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like Mean Girls.

Don't see it if if you don't like Mean Girls.

36 Reviews | 0 Followers
Clever, Timely, Thought provoking, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like strong female POC characters and shows with culture and identity.

Don't see it if You don’t like school dramas.

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
Funny, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if - you want to learn more about Ghanaian culture in the 80s, especially for young women. - enjoy an all-female cast on stage

Don't see it if - you are expecting a very strong storyline. The narrative dragged on in the middle. - you are expecting it to be more like Mean Girls.

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Brilliant acting - poignant and funny. Diversity in audience was great. Loved this show.

Don't see it if you only like mainstream and rather bland shows

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
Quirky, Intelligent, Hilarious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love a good comedy which also makes you think.

Don't see it if You don't like teenage angst or are uncomfortable with themes of bullying.

Critic Reviews (11)

London Theatre
June 20th, 2023

“Monique Touko’s sparky production deftly skirts sitcom to highlight the applicability of a darker narrative that may be set at a desirable girls’ boarding school in Ghana in 1986 but speaks more widely to the ongoing, ever-desperate desire to fit in, often at considerable cost to one’s sense of self.”
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Time Out London
June 15th, 2023

“ ‘School Girls’ is bursting with sharply funny lines and precision-engineered setpieces...But there’s a bleakness to it, too, as it shows the pain of these girls and woman as they sacrifice themselves for a Western narrative of beauty that they know, deep down, will never embrace them.”
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June 15th, 2023

“This is emphatically not a play to sit and endure in silence, but to joyfully engage’s a really smashing 80 minutes in the theatre, and a sparkling new addition to the roster of London’s summer must-sees.”
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The Arts Desk
June 20th, 2023

“Although the play is essentially a comedy, its core is far from funny. The stakes here aren’t just intensely personal.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 18th, 2023

“...Ghanaian American writer Jocelyn Bioh...created a funny but biting play packed with clever laughs that come with a stinging afterburn...It’s heartbreaking, as we watch this beautiful Black woman tear strips off her own skin in a quest to fit a western standard of beauty she cannot hope to meet.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
June 15th, 2023

“ ‘School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play’ is a refreshing look at teenage girlhood within which there is both sorrow and joy. It’s a fast-paced look at racism and self-image that emphasises some uncomfortable truths about our society...My only criticism of this show is that it was over too soon, and I only hope as many people as possible are able to see this wonderful piece of theatre. ”
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The Stage (UK)
June 15th, 2023

"“This play shows Black women that there is nothing but misery to be found in chasing them – and that there is beauty to be found outside of that: you just need to acknowledge it.”
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The London Evening Standard
June 15th, 2023

“This is an exuberant production that manages to be incredibly fun whilst also highlighting important questions around colourism, racial identity and Eurocentric beauty ideals in a way that isn’t heavy-handed. This show is a tonic, and a joy injection that encourages us to embrace difference – a message, I reckon, we all need to hear right now.”
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