Page extent: 144
ISBN: 9781786824837
Binding: Paperback
Male Cast: 2
Female Cast: 9

Dance Nation

Clare Barron

Paperback (04 Sep 2018)

'Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!'

Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming.

An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time.

With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, Dance Nation is Clare Barron’s explosive new play.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786824837
Female cast 9
Male cast 2
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 144


"[A] flat-out extraordinary play... nothing here is remotely predictable... Barron channels the rollercoaster emotions of adolescence: her girls are electric with potential, heavy with self-doubt... I loved it." The Times ★★★★★

"It sounds like familiar teen drama territory, but Barron’s play is more subversive than that. It’s a ferocious, strange and layered piece of writing that captures the girls’ ambitions, the rituals of their friendship and the turbulence of puberty... Barron’s play throbs with the knowledge that growing up is messy, brutal, exhilarating – and terrifying, absolutely fucking terrifying – all at the same time. At times, Dance Nation feels like a mixture of Carrie, a Judy Blume novel, Bring It On and the finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer all tied together with a ragged red bow – and this, let me assure you, is a very good thing." The Stage ★★★★

"Barron paints a wholly plausible picture of teenage insecurity and ambition...  a play that wittily shows how dance can be a source of liberation without ever quelling the tremulous terrors of adolescence." Guardian ★★★★

"Though occasionally we witness the joy of adolescence, mostly this is a vision of its messy strangeness. Barron makes it clear that her characters are fierce and feral. They’re played by adults, with the result that we sense the repercussions of their teenage turmoil — a time of fear and sharp-fanged rivalry... a perceptive account of the pain and wonder of growing up, witty about the ways in which the young are programmed to behave, and memorably alert to the particular power of female adolescence." Evening Standard ★★★★

"Barron has a brilliant ear for the almost monotonous self-deprecation of young girl speak... in Barron’s signature achievement, ‘Dance Nation’ segues into scenes that border on magical realism. At the gentler end, one girl, Maeve (Nancy Crane) offers a dreamy account of her belief that she has the ability to fly. Elsewhere, though, ‘Dance Nation’ seethes with maenad frenzy." Time Out London ★★★★