They crash into the photo studio like cutlery falling from a drawer. Jangly, spangly, sharp-edged and sparring. This is the future and the future is female.

Later this month, nine young women will take the stage for a Silo Theatre production of The Wolves. It's a play about a teenage girls' football team - insiders, outsiders, high achievers and burn-outs. It's a play about life, love, politics and orange slices at half-time. But today, in the New Zealand Herald's Auckland office, the cast (aged between 16 and 21) have put down their scripts to talk real-life women's business. They're here

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