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The Domino Effect and Other Plays for Teenagers

The Domino Effect and Other Plays for Teenagers

Fin Kennedy

Nick Hern Books

“A cracking classroom text... the language is achingly good, the roles varied, meaty and attractive.” —Teaching Drama on The Domino Effect

This second volume of plays from award-winning playwright Fin Kennedy features three ensemble plays for large casts of young people aged thirteen to nineteen, each developed via a long-term, collaborative process with the target age group.

In The Dream Collector, a school group on a Media Studies field trip to the isolated country house of a black-and-white movie pioneer enter a sinister dreamworld when they go exploring after dark. Once they step through the movie screen, each of the young friends meets their dream double, the sinister Neverborn…

In Fast, a twenty-four-hour school fundraiser in a semi-rural town takes on a new urgency when farmer’s daughter Cara refuses to eat again until the supermarkets she holds responsible for her father’s suicide agree to her demands.

In The Domino Effect—a five-star hit at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe—a silent girl finds her voice, and her mother, when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects, and how to master the law of unintended consequences.

With their flexible, mixed casts, the plays are particularly suited to performance by young people’s groups, who will enjoy the demands and challenges of playing roles specifically created for teenage actors.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright who has frequently worked in collaboration with school-age children, in particular at Mulberry School in East London. For more details about his work, see

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