Witness an inspiring tale of 9 teenage girls, as they try to remain unbeaten in their high school soccer league. Originally created by Sarah DeLappe, and making its European debut at West End, this exhilarating play combines the elements of team spirit, friendship, and raw emotion. Enjoy a breathtaking performance from the young cast, as they take you along on a story that deals with both resilience, as well as the volatility of the teenage mind.
Why Watch The Wolves
Unlike your average teenage drama, The Wolves is an inspiring story of 9 girls who are duking it out in the soccer league. Their goal is to remain unbeaten during their league run. Written by the debutant Sarah DeLappe, the story focuses on the struggles of the young team as they are faced with numerous difficulties over the season. The raw adolescence emanates throughout the play, and you will feel as if you are being transported to your own teenage years. The chaotic conversation of several people talking at once is something that is rarely done in theatre, yet the cacophony fits in wonderfully in this setting. The vulnerability and doubt faced by every teenager are beautifully portrayed, and you feel yourself rooting for each and every one of the characters. The story isn’t so much about football as it is about adolescence in its raw essence. The story was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017, and the moving performances by the young cast have won critical acclaim.
The Wolves is not just about girls; rather it focuses on the confluence of the world of adults and teenagers and the transition from one to the other.
Set in an indoor soccer facility, the story begins with a training session. Talk of a Cambodian murder erupts, and each group has their own separate conversations while still chiming in on the main discussion. Gossip about boyfriends, rumors related to the school, and talk of the new girl in the team form the subject of these exchanges. Each scene involves the captain, #35, leading the team through a stretching routine. Every week, new topics are broached or the gossip continues from where it was left off last time. As the season progresses, the whole team, including the new girl grow closer and seem to be comfortable in each others’ presence.
#7 and #14 take a ski trip two games before the season come to an end, which causes the leading striker to suffer a terrible injury. The new girl is forced to step up, and she shines in her new role. Her predecessor resentfully watches from the sideline as the new girl is scouted. Events from the ski trip resurface as #14 blames #7 for her current predicament, leading to a terrible fight. Additionally, just before the final game, one of the members is unable to attend the game, and a forfeit looms close. The team members, however, have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and refuse to give up. Will the Wolves manage to get through this final hurdle and reemerge successfully as a team?
Fans of Sport | Lovers of High School Dramas
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and above.
The Theatre Royal Stratford East has a seating capacity of 460, over three levels.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN, London