★★★★ "Enthralling" (The Stage)
★★★★ "Impressive" (The Independent)
★★★★★ "Exhilarating" (Londontheatre1)
"deeply funny" (Exuent)
"sabre-sharp" (Time Out)
I guess just like the goddess of strategic warfare and all that.
In a New York City fencing club two warriors are ready to battle.
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.
Millicent Wong | Athena
Grace Saif | Mary Wallace
Amaia Naima Aguinaga | Jamie
Gracie Gardner | Writer
Grace Gummer | Director
Ingrid Hu | Designer
Amber Evans | Assistant Director
Claire Llewellyn | Fight Director
Esther Kehinde Ajayi | Composer & Sound Designer
Marty Langthorne | Lighting Designer
Naomi Downham | Casting Director
Yami Lofvenberg | Movement Director
Rachel Coffey | Voice Coach
Original composition of ‘Netch’ by Miguel Fernandes + Louis Scheuer
Devika Ramcharan | Company Stage Manager
Tom Wilson | Production Manager
Sussan Sanii | Assistant Stage Manager
Gracie Gardner is an American playwright. Theatre credits include: Decoys (McKnight National Residency),Pussy Sludge (Relentless Award, Theatertreffen Stückemarkt), I’m Revolting (Atlantic Theater Company Claire Tow Fellowship), Athena (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Hate Baby (James Stevenson Prize), Panopticon (Clubbed Thumb).
Work in development with: New Dramatists, Ars Nova Play Group, Manhattan Theater Club, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood, The Old Vic, The New Group, Two River Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival.
Work published by: Samuel French, Table Work Press, S. Fischer, Cincinnati Review.
Grace worked as Resident Assistant Director at The Yard Theatre on LINES by Pamela Carter, RE:Home by Cressida Brown, and Alexander Zeldin’s production of Beyond Caring (transferred to the Shed at the National Theatre in 2015). Grace was also previously trainee director at the Royal Court in 2016-2017, and assisted on Anatomy of a Suicide, Road, Victory Condition, Gun Dog and Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. Grace was Literary Associate at the Royal Court in 2019.
Grace’s directing credits include: Reality by Stuart Slade, (Royal Court and RWCMD co-commission in Cardiff, and at the Gate Theatre), Roman Candle by Tom Fowler (Theatre 503, toured Manchester, Edinburgh and Burnley), Butter by Lady Junk Theatre (the Vaults, won an Origins Award for Outstanding New Work) Germ Free Adolescent by Natalie Mitchell (Bunker Theatre).
Millicent trained at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Theatre credits include: Afterlife (National Theatre), The Living Newspaper 6 (Royal Court), The Doctor (The Adelaide Festival), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Bridge Theatre), The King of Hell’s Palace (Hampstead Theatre) and Pah-La (The Royal Court).
Television credits include: Silent Witness (BBC), Annika (Alibi), Dracula (Netflix).
Grace Saif trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre credits include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Theatre), Saint George and The Dragon (National Theatre), Mary Stuart (Almeida), Antony & Cleopatra (Gate Theatre).
Television credits include: Doctors (BBC), 13 Reasons Why Seasons 3 & 4 (Netflix).
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Athena was commissioned by and received its world premiere with The Hearth (Emma Miller and Julia Greer, Co-Artistic Directors) at JACK in Brooklyn, New York on February 16, 2018.
The NT Women of Tomorrow Directors Award is supported by the CHANEL Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture. This production of Athena was developed with support from the National Theatre, Theatre Together & Golsoncott Foundation.