An adaptation of the beloved, award-winning children's novel.
It's 1940, and Britain is at war. Young Chas McGill has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in town, but desparately 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.
This thrilling stage adaptation comes from the award-winning playwright Ali Taylor, and premiered at the Polka Theatre, London, in 2011. It provides rich opportunities for discussion in the classroom, and for staging by schools, youth theatres and amateur companies.
Included are Ali Taylor's detailed production notes, with lots of tips and advice on how the play can be staged, based on the production at the Polka Theatre.
"An imaginative and realistic interpretation." The Stage