Ali Taylor's play Cotton Wool is a coming-of-age drama set in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. It received its European premiere at Staatsschauspiel Dresden on 18 January 2008, and was staged at Theatre503, London, in April 2008. It won the 2009 Meyer-Whitworth Award.
The play follows two brothers, Callum (age 18) and Gussie (age 16), living on the Fife coast and recently orphaned. Callum believes they should make a new start in London, but, on the night of their mother's funeral, having drunk copious amounts of beer, the two boys think they spot their mother calling to them from out at sea. Things get more complicated when they meet runaway Harriet (age 17), who is trying to find her father, and both brothers fall for her.
The production was directed by Lisa Spirling and designed by Polly Sullivan. It was performed by Joseph Arkley as Callum, Owen Whitelaw as Gussie, Victoria Bavister as Harriet and Catherine Cayman.