Published  22nd November to mark the 10th anniversary of the Traverse reading of this play about Foot and Mouth.

It’s a love story with a difference.  In 2001 rural Scotland was hit by a terrible crisis – Foot and Mouth. In Men in White Suits, playwright Cally Phillips gives rural Scotland at the beginning of the 21st century the kind of dramatic analysis Ena Lamont Stewart’s Men Should Weep gave 20th century urban Scotland. It’s heartbreaking and moving and will make you look at the countryside and the lives of ordinary people living there from a whole new perspective.

Men in White Suits was first performed in Lockerbie Town Hall a year on from the Foot and Mouth outbreak being confirmed and later in 2002 was given a reading at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. Rural and urban responses were quite different.

Now for the first time you are able to read the script in its entirety and experience for yourself what it’s like to face the challenges of the tenant farmer at a time of crisis.


Reviewed by Julia Jones (Strong Winds Trilogy, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory)

Reading plays on my kindle has become an unexpected pleasure. Not such a commitment as a novel when tired at the end of the day but more to them than a short story. Or perhaps I just like reading dialogue. That was certainly a major feature in Men in White Suits where the skillful use of Scots dialect really conveyed the localness of the farm which was enduring the horror of foot and mouth. The anguish of the rural characters was powerfully and individually conveyed. The urban visitors to the pub were less successful but the conversations in the isolated farmhouse kitchen will stay with me for a long time – the tenant farmer and his wife, the shepherd who must destroy his dog, the young farm worker who has found what he wants to do with his life only to have it taken from him as he is the first to lose his job when the crisis strikes. 2001 – a terrible time for the countryside. 

Available as an ebook in Kindle format from Amazon UK and Amazon US and as epub format from Kobo 





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