It's the 1980s.
Coral O'Malley is discovering feminism, pacifism and Duran Duran.
She's a chip off the old block of her beloved dad, Gerry. Only he's fighting a battle of his own with the British government over that time they dropped a nuclear bomb on him. And then there's the small matter of the school public speaking competition...
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Present day and the eve of Gerry’s funeral. Coral's aunty Maureen has been doing some grief-induced clearing out and hands Coral the old diaries she’d thrown out long before. Only Gerry had fished them out of the bin again. Coral is transported back to the 1980s, a young girl growing up with her dad, Gerry – a damaged man who has suffered as a result of his service at the British H-bomb weapons tests in the 1950s.
An industrial-scale injustice that overshadows their family, and the lives of thousands of families like theirs. Gerry is fighting the British government for justice. Only Gerry helped make the nuclear bomb and Coral’s Ban The Bomb. There will be an explosion.
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GUINEA PIGS is a fact-based fictional comedy drama drawn from the childhood of actor & writer Elin Doyle whose father served at Grapple X on Christmas Island in 1957. One of the last great injustices to be uncovered. Read more about the nuclear tests here.

Whilst highlighting the nuclear test veteran story, GUINEA PIGS is also a coming of age story; a young girl trying to decide what kind of woman she wants to be in the era of anti-Apartheid demonstrations, the Greenham Common peace camp and Live Aid. It’s as much a story about inter-generational love and conflict as it is a celebration of the power of women and our democratic right to peaceful protest. 

Each and every one of us has a voice.