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The Hoes review – Essex girls in Ibiza search for sex and security

Hampstead theatre, London
Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play about three friends on holiday veers from comic to serious in a flashThis is a debut play by Ifeyinwa Frederick about three Essex-born, 25-year-old female friends enjoying a holiday in Ibiza. For much of its length it feels like a bright, breezy, unusually candid sitcom, but in seeking to show the crises under the smiley surface, Frederick does a rapid gear change from which the play, however promising, never quite recovers.Frederick’s gift is for showing that even close-knit friends have their own separate identities. Bim is a British-Nigerian with an Oxford degree, a limitless appetite for sex and a belief that masturbation is like meditation. She is protected from her excesses by the outwardly more mature Alex, who is secretly panicked by the prospect of settling down with her white boyfriend. Meanwhile, J (Jasmine) is an unashamed careerist already regretting her decision to abstain from sex for three months. Continue reading...

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