About Sleepova

Bush Theatre, London
Booking to 8 April 2023
No longer booking

Starring Bukky Bakray

★★★★ “You can’t help but fall in love with this joyous, exuberant show” – The Evening Standard

Sleepova is an ode to black women, their boundless spirits, and wild dreams.

Join Rey, Elle, Shan and Funmi for their sacred sleepovas, as each year tugs them further into adulthood.

A new Bush Theatre commission written by Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini (Little Miss Burden), 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 and Shayde Sinclair (professional debut).

Sleepova plays at the Bush Theatre in London from 24 February to 8 April 2023.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 8 April 2023
Age restrictions
Running time
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

What's the story of Sleepova?

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.


Who is in the cast of Sleepova?

Shayde Sinclair

Aliyah Odoffin

Amber Grappy

Bukky Bakray

All other characters voiced by – Jude Akuwudike

Who are the creative team of Sleepova?

Written by Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini (Little Miss Burden)

Directed by Jade Lewis (Quarter Life Crisis, Bridge Theatre). 

Assistant Director (Placement) – Apoorva Anagalli
Set and Costume Designer – Cara Evans
Dramaturg – Deirdre O’Halloran
Lighting Designer – Elliot Griggs
Fight and Intimacy Director – Enric Ortuño 
Movement Director – Gabrielle Nimo
Costume Supervisor – Imogen Brown
Casting – Jatinder Chera
Rehearsal Scribe – Jennifer Okolo
Sound Associate – Laura Howard
Assistant Production Manager – Lewis Copeland
Company Stage Manager – Lucy Ventham
Production Manager – Pete Rickards
Composer – Romarna Campbell
Production Technician – Rori Endersby
Assistant Stage Manager – Sophie Haliburn
Production Dramatherapist – Wabriya King
Sound Designer – Xana


★★★★ "You can’t help but fall in love with this joyous, exuberant show" - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "Bukky Bakray makes a tremendous stage debut" - TimeOut
★★★★ "Effervescently entertaining" - The Stage
★★★★ "A teenage pyjama party that bursts with life" - The Times

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Important Notes

Access information:
Relaxed & Sensory Adapted Performances: Sat 11 Mar at 2.30pm & Thurs 30 Mar at 7.30pm; Captioned Performances: Thurs 16 Mar at 7.30pm & Sat 25 Mar at 2.30pm; Audio Described Performances: Sat 18 Mar at 2.30pm & Thurs 23 Mar at 7.30pm; Touch Tours: Sat 18 Mar at 1.30pm & Thurs 23 Mar at 6.30pm

Venue Information

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ
Nearest Tube or Train: Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line); Shepherd’s Bush Market (Hammersmith & City Line)
Nearest Buses: 31, 49, 207, 237, 260, 607, C1, 148, 72, 94, 95, 220, 272, 283, 295, N207, 207, 427, 607

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