School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play



Lyric Hammersmith
8 June – 15 July


1986. Ghana’s prestigious Aburi Girls Boarding School.

Queen Bee Paulina and her crew excitedly await the arrival of the Miss Ghana pageant recruiter. It’s clear that Paulina is in top position to take the title until her place is threatened by Ericka – a beautiful and talented new transfer student. As the friendship group’s status quo is upended, who will be chosen for Miss Ghana and at what cost?

Bursting with hilarity and joy, this award-winning comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls around the world.


Paulina Sarpong: Tara Tijani
Ama: Heather Agyepong
Mercy: Bola Akeju
Eloise Amponsah: Deborah Alli
Gifty: Francesca Amewudah Rivers
Nana: Jadesola Odunjo

Writer: Jocelyn Bioh
Director: Monique Touko
Set Designer: Paul Willis
Costume Designer: Kinnetia Isidore
Lighting Designer: Matt Haskins
Sound Designer: Tony Gayle
Movement: Aline David
Casting Director: Julia Horan CDG

Producers: Lyric Hammersmith in association with Mark Gordon Pictures and Francesca Moody Productions


“Ferociously entertaining & as heart warming as it is hilarious. Engaging from first minute to last”
The Hollywood Reporter

“A gleeful African Makeover of an American genre”
The New York Times

“You’d be hard pressed to find a more refreshing 75-minute comedy”
LA Times

“Delivers nonstop belly laughs along with a heaping helping of heart… a must-see”
Chicago Sun Times