‘You can’t help but fall in love with this joyous, exuberant show.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard
‘We don’t get to choose when we become women, y’know?’
Join Rey, Elle, Shan and Funmi. Armed with sugary snacks, school gossip, and secret questions they can only ask each other, their sleepovas are pretty much a sacred space for them
As each year tugs them further into adulthood and life doesn’t pan out quite as they imagined, they struggle to hold on to a friendship that they swore would last a lifetime. Sleepova is an ode to black women, their boundless spirits, and wild dreams. A new Bush Theatre commission from Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini (Little Miss Burden), directed by Jade Lewis (Quarter Life Crisis, Bridge Theatre).
★★★★ ‘Exhilarating. The genius of this play is its ensemble.’ The Guardian
Sleepova marks the stage debut of three actresses including BAFTA Rising Star Award winner Bukky Bakray (Rocks). Completing the cast are Amber Grappy (HBO’s The Baby), Aliyah Odoffin (BBC’s Everything I Know About Love) and Shayde Sinclair (professional debut).
★★★★ ‘A tonic, whether you’re a teenager or just want to be one again.’ The Times ★★★★ Liam O’Dell
★★★★★ All That Dazzles ★★★★ Rendition
★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Stage
Access Adjusted Performances
All performances of Sleepova will be in a Relaxed Environment. This means you are welcome to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural, you can come in and out during the performance and a chill-out space will available in our Script Library.
There are two Sensory Adapted performances, where we keep lights on in the audience area and reduce sensory triggers like loud noises, smoke effects and flashing lights.
There are also Captioned and Audio Described performances scheduled. For more information on access adjusted performances, including Relaxed, Captioned and Audio Described performances, please click here.
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