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How to Be a Girl!
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How to Be a Girl!

( Zella Compton )

Click here for a review of How to be a Girl


Nine actors (f)

Run time 45 - 60 mins

Performance Licence: Band B - See Here

Best Youth Actress & Best Youth Play - 

representing Hampshire in 5 Counties Festival 2017

“Superb ensemble show.

Passionate and funny.

Should be put on all over the country”.

   Will Sutton (author)

To see additional review by West End Wilma click here

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The original cast

– rehearsal image


About the Resource

Want to be hotter, sweeter, sexier and cuter? Of course you do! How to be a Girl! reveals all in this dark comedy – presented in magazine format.

This is a relentless one act play about the pressure placed on girls by the media. It unpicks the irony of being advised to resist peer pressure and be independent, yet being told what to buy, how to look and how to behave.

Two stories are woven throughout. The first is the editor’s realisation that media content is determined by corporations selling products. The second is about Lily. Her pain is revealed in a series of reader letters from those close to her.

From its light-hearted, fast-paced opening, the intention of this play is for the audience to be uncomfortable, to feel sullied by the content.

The material is deeply challenging and requires mature, competent actors. There are multiple levels of contrast, with monologues, choral ensembles and multi-roles (all actors also appear as How to be a Boy!) as well as challenging physicality.

Professionally produced and debuted at the New Theatre Royal (Portsmouth – 25 May 2016), this play ticks all the boxes for highly-competent female groups.

Commissioned for nine, careful editing could adapt for smaller group sizes.

It is supplied in PDF format and a sample can be downloaded by clicking here.

About the Author

Zella Compton is a playwright and lecturer at Bournemouth University.

In 2016 she was awarded a place in Portsmouth’s Extraordinary League of Ten writers and begins teaching at New Theatre Royal.

Her previous roles include writer in residence for Bay House School, Hampshire (2013-2015), and for Havant Literary Festival (2014).

Her plays (including Girl in the Hood, Brotherly Love, Five Beaches, Genghis etc) - have been widely used by GCSE students since 2014, both nationally and internationally.

Zella’s first novel for young adults was published in 2012, and she continues as a weekly columnist for the Portsmouth News – a role she has enjoyed since 2006. Prior to becoming involved with education, Zella enjoyed many years as a freelance writer working for national and regional media.

As well as developing works for the stage, and lecturing, Zella teaches creative writing and performance poetry to primary and secondary school students.

Tags: Chorus, non-naturalistic, girls, female, contrast, women, pressure, envy, love, sex, letters, personality, quizzes, group, funny, professional


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