Gracie Gardner’s play about two teenagers training to win both at fencing and at life arrives in London after a successful New York run, and will probably appeal to anyone who loved The Wolves at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Dance Nation at the Almeida. Like those plays, Gardner’s drama charts the inner lives of young women as they come to maturity, and deal with friendship, competition, and ambition. The play focusses on Athena, an apparent goddess warrior, and small-town home girl Mary. But as the future looms and the competition gets harder who is the more fragile and who best equipped to defend themselves against the sharp edges of life?
Athena and Mary Wallace are training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together. They compete against each other. They spend their lives together. They wish they were friends. From Award-winning playwright Gracie Gardner, following an acclaimed extended run in New York, comes a fierce coming of age comedy where two teenagers parry class, competition and power as they practice fencing and life. But only one will win – en garde. Directed by the first recipient of the National Theatre Women of Tomorrow Director’s Award Grace Gummer.