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ALI TAYLOR’s plays since writing Cotton Wool include Porcelain (Royal Court Workers Writes Festival), America Street (Paines Plough) and November (Union Theatre). He joins a raft of exciting Scottish writers on the NHB list, including Liz Lochhead, Rona Munro, Stephen Greenhorn and Henry Adam.

Cotton Wool
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Cotton Wool

Ali Taylor
 
Two disconnected teenage lads on a Scottish beach, one rootless girl. An arresting new voice in playwriting.

On the rain-lashed coast of Scotland, teenage brothers Callum and Gussie have just left their mother’s funeral. On the beach, they see something floating in the sea. But surely it can’t be what it looks like. The lads are desperate to discover what lies under the waves. When they encounter the runaway Harriet, their search is thrown into chaos and brother is pitted against brother.

Young Scottish writer Ali Taylor’s first play, Cotton Wool is a gripping and darkly comic tale of young lives on the edge. 


Cast : 2M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-536-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Machine Gunners, The
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Machine Gunners, The

Robert Westall (adapted by Ali Taylor)
 

It’s 1940, and Britain is at war. Young Chas McGill has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in town, but desperately wants it to be the best. Amidst the bombs and air raids, Chas and his friends plan their own war effort in their newly built bunker. Friendships are forged and loyalties tested, in the adventure of a lifetime...

Robert Westall’s The Machine Gunners has been read, studied -and loved -by successive generations of younger readers. It won the Carnegie Medal and was voted one of the most important children's novels of the past seventy years.



Cast : 5M, 1F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-314-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Overspill
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Overspill

Ali Taylor
 
'Overspill is set in Bromley, but it could be set in any town anywhere in the UK. There are hundreds of Bromleys in Britain… These are the towns that millions of us grow up in.' - Ali Taylor

In Bromley every Friday night, same time and place, Potts, Baron and Finch get ready for their weekly dose of booze, birds and burgers. But their night out takes a dramatic and terrifying twist when an explosion rocks the town centre, and a suspicious population points the finger.

Ali Taylor’s poetic, high-energy play was one of the winners of Metamorphosis 08, the playwriting competition organised by the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, and the Ambassador Theatre Group.



Cast : 3M
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-031-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB