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GIRLS LIKE THAT: A coming-of-age tale like no other

This April, The Very Popular Theatre Company will bring Evan Placey’s thought-provoking play, Girls Like That, to the stage in Newcastle.

The production is a candid portrayal of teenage life, grounded in reality and laced with sharp wit.

“I was interested in exploring the question of whether young women were starting to oppress each other in the same ways men oppress women,” playwright, Evan Placey said.

“It wasn’t just that girls were bullying other girls, it’s that they were using the same tools that men had invented to oppress women.”

Six young women, including Hunter Drama alumni, students, and staff, make up the cast, which features Anaiya Mahony, Evelyn Parkes, Nyah Lee, Ruby Page, Sienna Randall, and Symphony Riley.

Directed by Daniel Stoddart and Bella Sykes, the production promises to challenge preconceived notions and spark conversations about the true essence of feminism for a new generation.

“Many of the ensemble developed their skills at Hunter Drama over years of study,” Daniel said.

“Seeing them perform in a professional production, showcasing their incredible talent in what is a powerful and timely theatrical piece is deeply satisfying. It will be an extraordinary production that teenagers, parents and teachers should all attend – a wonderful way to open those difficult conversations about growing up in today’s society.”

Girls Like That hits the stage at The Playhouse in Newcastle for a short season from Wednesday 10 April until Sunday 14 April. Tickets are on sale now at