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Bouncing Back

Gail Young

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 10f

ISBN: 9780573114229

'Bouncing Back' follows a group of women returners to the game of Netball, the trials and tribulations of their training sessions, group bonding, getting sponsorship, tough coaching, and the stress of organising 'me time'.

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Minimal settings

A run-down sports hall in the North West of England. Wooden floors, various pitch markings on the floor, very bare.  Couple of sports bencnes for the girls to sit on.  At one end is a large untidy notice-board with too many posters on it all fighting for attention.

Various street / pub/ home scenes that can be indicated by a change in light and sound

Arena scene at the end of the play at the Thunder League game - again this can be indicated by lights and sound. In the premiere a big screen was also used for this scene to provide the Arena backdrop and atmosphere.


Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Multimedia

Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Tours

 Will the team get fitter? Will they ever win a game? Will the coach ever find true love? And why do they all worship someone called Tracey?

Stephanie Tait Editor of the official England Netball fanzine, attended the shows premiere in 2016 and wrote: 

'On 29th June I went to see the opening night of Gail Young's comedy drama 'Bouncing Back'. The play follows a diverse group of women with different stories and reasons for coming back to Netball. The characters are brilliant - funny and endearing. They support each other and voice concerns that we can all relate to.....the audience quickly gets behind the team and their wonderful coach as they begin to train and look forward to their first match. We see the difficulties of getting to training and securing funding, along with heartache and newfound happiness. The ladies idolise Manchester Thunder and the England Coach Tracey Neville, and it is their passion for hte sport that unites the audience and the characters. There are thousands of women across the country who have gone back to Netball, passionately supporting each other and their favourite teams. To see this played out on stage is an entertaining and moving reminder of our ability to bounce back, make new friends and achieve new goals.......'

For production shots and an insight on the play's development and premiere see the open facebook page for 'Bouncing Back' at  https://www.facebook.com/BouncingBackGailYoung and the website www.gailyoungplaywright.com


This play premiered as a Gail Young Production 29th June to 2nd July 2016  at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester. 





3m, 10f


Ensemble cast


Multi generational casting is possible in the squad of women returners to Netball, with ages ranging from 19 to mid forties. The same is true of the three male characters in the show.

Trisha Wilson               Coach                          Playing age forties

Trisha is a self- employed netball coach. Her husband passed away a couple of years ago, and she is struggling to juggle work/ money/ and being a single mum to her teenage daughter. Strong character with a hard exterior and soft interior. Passionate about the sport and her role in developing women returners to Netball

Rob Evans                               Caretaker                      Playing age forties

Confirmed bachelor. Meets Trisha who reminds him a lot of his mum (who was also a single mother). He is the caretaker/manager of the local run down sports hall, initially sceptical about how the Back 2 Netball initiative is going to work out……will the girls win him round? First love is football……

Kath Maxwell                            Netballer GA                 Playing age thirties

GA – Goal Attack. Big mates with Janet (they are old school-friends). Has been dragged to the initial training session by Janet as they both played netball at school.  Lacks confidence at first but rediscovers her love for the game.

Janet Watson               Netballer WD                Playing age early thirties

WD- Wing Defence. Janet – old school pal with Kath. Works in a Bank and thinking of starting a netball team at work. Persuades Kath to come along to the Back 2 Netball sessions with her.

ASBO                                       Netballer GS                 Playing age 30 - 40

GS – Goal Shooter. ASBO – the nickname says it all. Single. Competitive. Has issues. She is an ex-soldier who is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress but has refused counselling. Has a drink problem.

Anna Bell                                 Netballer GD                 Playing age early 30s

GD – Goal Defence. A born organiser. She has secured the funding to start the Back 2 Netball training sessions and hired Trisha to coach the group. Mum of young twins and wife of the needy John. The rock of the team and a natural choice for team captain

Micky Owens                            Netballer WA                Playing age early 40s

WA – Wing Attack. The glamour girl of the team. In denial about the aging process and in love with her nails. Has a young daughter and a hubby who wants her to stay as fit and trim as possible.



Angie Tasker                            Netballer Sub   Playing age 20

Super Sub. Angie has taken a year out from university as she has been ill with Glandular Fever. Now at home with Mum and Dad and recovering. Youngest member of the squad but wiser than her years. Attends the training sessions with the encouragement of her next door neighbour Sarah

Sarah Morris                            Netballer C                   Playing age late 30s

C – Centre. A nurse. Working mum. Fit with loads of energy which is why she is made the Centre in the team. Caring individual. Revisiting the game she loves

Jackie Goodwin                       Netballer Sub   Playing age mid 40s

Substitute. Overweight. Mother of teenagers. Lacking self confidence. But absolutely loves the game of Netball and hero worships Tracey Neville – the England Coach – and Manchester Thunder. Desperate to get fit, lose weight and be part of the team

Tina Rogers                             Netballer GK                 Playing age thirties

GK – Goal Keeper. Divorced. Calls a spade a spade. Sister in Law to Anna which is how she found out about the Back 2 Netball training sessions. Needs to get out there  after her divorce and focus on other things.

Councillor Drake                                              Male. Playing age 40 – 60       

Minor role but very important in the final scene of Act 1. Slightly pompous local councillor who loves all the attention he receives from the Netball Players at the photo shoot for the local press.

Photographer                                                   Male. Playing age 20s – 30s

Local photographer in Act 1 organising a rowdy and excited netball squad for their first photo shoot in their new team strip for the local press. Bit of a jack the lad type. Will double up as the DJ in the Manchester Thunder scene at the end of Act 2



Can double up with the actors playing either Councillor Drake or Rob Evans

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Gail Young

Gail Young

Gail Young has directed and acted with community theatre groups for many years in the Chester and Wirral area of NW England. She turned her hand to writing in 2005, and took her first full length play 'Cheshire Cats' to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 with Guilden Sutton Players. The production was a 'Fringe Sell Out Show', was published by Samuel French in 2011, and has subsequently been performed ... view full profile

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