There is a young woman (Ayesha Antoine) who's saved up for a holiday with her friends, an older woman (Jo Martin) who is a repeat visitor and a local (Sharon Duncan Brewster) who earns money braiding tourists' hair on the beach. Each thinks they are better than the other - savvy and independent; each feels they are the master of their own destiny, make their own decisions and have choices.
The women talk, laugh, argue, at times allied and at others alienated in commonalities and differences of belief and experience. But gradually, over the course of 60 minutes their ideas and feelings of independence are challenged.
Debbie Tucker Green's sharp script uses a mixture of natural dialogue with something more stylised where the lines are short, sometimes just words, delivered in quick succession switching swiftly between each of the protagonists. Certain lines are repeated like a musical refrain that hangs in the air. Its effect is powerful melting the woman's individuality and differences into something more homogeneous - a collective of differences.
Trade is an interesting piece - funny, challenging and brilliantly performed. It's on at the Young Vic in The Clare until Nov 26 and is 60 minutes straight through. I'm giving it four stars.