It was a privilege and a pleasure to edit Nell Dunn’s The Bully Plays. In short dramatic scenes, written with empathy and insight, Dunn’s eight different voices reveal the myriad emotions of teenage life: fears and tensions around bullying; conforming to expectations; what happens when you don’t fit into society’s version of ‘normal’ selfhood?
Nell Dunn is a distinguished writer and playwright. TV dramatizations of her novels Up the Junction and Poor Cow were directed by Ken Loach, and her play Steaming won the SWET, Evening Standard and Susan Smith Blackburn Awards for Best Play (1981).
The Bully Plays is published by Primrose Editions and is out now.