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Joe Cushnan
Contact: 07595660085
29 Sparken Dale , Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 1BL

Joe Cushnan

Born and raised in Belfast, now living in Nottinghamshire.

I have written books on business, cinema biography and humour. I have a growing portfolio of published features, reviews and poetry. My creative CV is as follows:

Books: Shops, Shoppers, Shopping & Shafted; Before Amnesia: Seeds Of A Memoir; Shaking Hands; Retail Confidential; Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid; Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood; Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature; Juggling Jelly; Geek!; A Belfast Kid; Jack Elam, I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life; The Chuckle Files; The Poems Of Hamish Sheaney: Remastered & Expanded; Only Yules & Verses; Only Drools & Corsets; Fun With Words, Fun With Rhyme; Fun With Words, Fun With Noise

Creative portfolio includes Derwent Poetry Festival 2015, 2015 Templar Poetry Anthology “Mill”, Octavius Magazine, Ireland’s Big Issue, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Belfast Telegraph, 2013 Belfast Book Festival, Irish News, BBC TV NI “Stephen Boyd: The Man Who Never Was”, BBC Radio Sheffield “Rony Robinson”, BBC Radio Ulster “Saturday Magazine”, BBC Radio 4 “You & Yours”, The Guardian, Tribune, NZ Management, The Grocer, Retail Week, Edge, Open Eye, Yorkshire Post, The Catholic Herald, Cambridge Evening News, The London Paper, Southern Cross, NZ Freelance, Writer’s News, Belfast News Letter, Irelands Own, Fortnight, The Dalhousie Review; Blithe Spirit; The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Monthly, Poetic Comment, Bard, Current Accounts, Candelabrum, Decanto, Inclement, Haiku Scotland, Time Haiku, etc.

Shaking Hands
Shaking Hands

Shaking Hands
I am a freelance writer, originally from Belfast but now living in England, and I have written a 45-minute drama for radio - 'Shaking Hands'. The play is fiction based on some facts from my life. It is mostly a two-hander.

The synopsis: This play was written as a 45-minute radio drama. It is fiction, based on several facts from the author's life. A 60-year-old son tracks down his 89-year-old father to question him on why he left the family home, a wife and seven children. In the quest to find out about the 'missing years', the son finds it hard to suppress simmering anger and the father clings to hope of reconciliation. The script is adaptable for the stage and would be useful for student actors to practice their skills.

In 1960, my father left our Belfast home, his wife and seven children and vanished. The next we heard about him was in 1982 when we were told he had died at 57 in Clapham, London.

I am investigating his "missing" 22 years and in tandem with that project this play has come out of my imagination.

This is a link to a background piece written by me and published in the Belfast Telegraph in 2015:

In mid-2015, I sent the play to BBC NI radio producer, Heather Larmour, who declined it because a daughter/father drama had already been commissioned. She said:

“Thank you so much for sending ‘Shaking Hands’, it’s a very thoughtful, emotional and intelligent script which I very much enjoyed reading. I thought your treatment of the relationship between father and son was very interesting and viscerally drawn - you really could feel the anger and frustration and hopes and vulnerabilities of the characters as they negotiated the stages of the meeting. Although I was secretly hoping for a happy ending, I also very much admired how you left the piece, with no resolution possible given the past, but perhaps some understanding for the characters. Unfortunately however, we have recently had a piece commissioned, which tackles the story of a daughter tackling her father about the secrets of his past, and although the two pieces are of course very different, we just felt that the subject matter was too similar at the moment and that Radio 4 would be unlikely to be looking for another piece in the same territory.”



David Ross

Titles by David Ross


Jimmy Blue

Jimmy Blue - Musical

A small cast production, with an acoustic musical backing.
The story follows Jimmy, his band and his life. It touches on hopes, dreams, alcoholism, depression and ultimate failure, a real barrel of laughs! But, it is held together and enhanced by a beautiful collection of songs from my favourite band Del Amitri. The mix of melody and heartache is completely enthralling and absolutely fits with the story. I hope it's interesting and a little bit different, it's more "Blood Brothers" than "Fame"

Jane Lockyer Willis

Titles by Jane Lockyer Willis

Member of The Society of Women Writers and Journalists.



Harry, an aspiring out of work young actor, is very behind with the rent for his bed-sitting room. Desperate for money, he hatches a plot to persuade his stepfather Alban, a retired bank manager, to come to his rescue. Alban arrives only to discover that Harry's attractive landlady is an old flame of his, a woman who still arouses past passions. When they all meet in Heather’s sitting room, together with Harry's pregnant girl-friend, hilarious complications ensue. A Sat Nav, which refuses to switch off and insists on giving advice, adds to the fun.
Comedy – adult group
5 males, 3 females
2 sets: bedroom/sitting room

'Jane's dialogue is very good and her experienced directions are impeccable.'

Bernard Knight CBE - Novelist and scriptwriter
Author of the CROWNER JOHN series of fifteen medieval mysteries
Author of the Dr Richard Pryor series of 1950's forensic tales.

by Jane Lockyer Willis

Published by Playwrights Publishing Company.



Jim and Rowena embark on a weekend break with friends, Patrick and Betty.

Tensions arise when Rowena discovers that she has picked up Betty’s suitcase by mistake. What does she find there? And what does Jim discover when rummaging through his wife’s suitcase? The drink flows and the confessions begin. As things go from bad to worse, enter Bruce, the local eccentric, who at night, frequents the hotel corridors. Through their mutual love of churches, Jim finds in Bruce, a friend and ally.

3 males, 3 females

single set - bedroom

by Jane Lockyer Willis

An English Country Garden - Monologues & Duologues for Men & Women

'An English Country Garden' is a perfect example of the craft of miniature playwriting: its small scenes for one or two performers capture not only the essence of aspects of English life but also the deep issues that lie beneath the apparently idylic surface.
This small volume contains wonderfully stimulating and engaging material for any actor who wishes to explore character, emotion and motivation' The Playwrights' Co-operative have made a bold and imaginative decision in publishing this unique collection.
Ken Pickering Hon Professor of Drama, University of Kent

The author has penned a diverse anthology comprising thirteen monologues and five duologues for the mature performer. Each complete in itself, this booklet offers a wide range of choice and content. Both amusing and sad, these pieces vary in length from approximately three to seven minutes. They can be performed singly for auditions, as practice or party pieces, at festivals, or even tailored towards an evening’s programme.

Just the book to have on your shelf when you need a few minutes entertainment.

by Jane Lockyer Willis

TEL: 0845 331 3516
(On the website, look under ‘Catalogue’ then tick the ‘One Act’ box. ‘An English Country Garden’ is listed in this section.) OR to access the page direct:
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Walkies - A one act comedy

A heart warming comedy on the theme of loneliness about two people from different backgrounds who meet by chance in the woods.

Plot Summary: Conventional, middle-aged Jen, goes for her daily walk in the nearby woods and meets Steve, a straight talking vagrant. He invites her back to his home, a large cardboard box set among a clump of fir trees shortly destined to be felled. Hesitiant, but desperately wanting to widen her horizons, Jen accepts. And so develops a bond between two people whose backgrounds are widely different.
But there are questions: why does Steve insist that she owns a dog when Jen insists that she doesn't? Are things really as they seem? Or has Steve an agenda that Jen knows nothing about...until that is, she looks deep into the corner of his box. A play with bite!

Players: 2 male 1 female
Cast: Jen, Steve, Woodcutter
Set: Woodland.
Two scenes
Period: Present day.
Running time: approx. 30 mins.

by Jane Lockyer Willis

ISBN: 978-1-907307-40-9
Published by Spotlight Publications

A Trifle Unwell - A one act comedy

Jo's hiding from the rest of the party out on the stairs, but she's disturbed by Flora, who's escaping with the trifle. The pair meet Phil, who shouldn't really be there and then the hostess comes along to ask some searching questions. A light drama with added custard and sherry.

3 women 1 man. Approx 25 mins.

Published by Lazy Bee Scripts
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2 Wood Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7BD

Tel: 023 802903120

079 6681 9638

by Jane Lockyer Willis

COCOA AND CUDDLES - A Black Comedy in Two Acts

CAST: 4 Women and 3 Men.
One set: a cottage interior.
Frank is squeamish by nature, especially when it comes to burying his late irascible old mother Edith now lying upstairs in the spare room. While urging him to make necessary arrangements, Lorna, Frank’s second wife, discovers to her annoyance that he has engaged the help of his sister Polly. Val and Reg, members of the local folk dancing club, arrive to pay their respects. They disclose that Edith, far from having been difficult, was a well liked fun loving club member with a toy boy called Ted. Edith’s presence is felt throughout the play as being symbolic of the fractured relationships and bickering family: Polly, jealous of Frank and railing against his ineffectualness; Lorna, angry over his reluctance to face reality; and Carr ie, Frank’s late daughter who casts a further shadow over events. Frank finds solace in Lucy, a twenty year old mourner, who closely identifies with his emotional state. The play closes with more family disclosures which serve to reconcile Frank and Polly, as they rediscover their abiding love for each other. Funny and sad, this play deals with love, loss, jealousy and regret.

To access page direct:
ADDRESS: 2 Hereford Close, Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 4HR

by Jane Lockyer Willis

ABRACADABRA - A One Act Comedy

Cast: 2 women and 2 men
One set: A living room.
Approximate length: 20 mins.
Lionel and his wife Rosemary live a quiet island life. One night, while asleep, a portrait of Queen Victoria that has, for many years hung on their sitting-room wall, is stolen by a fellow islander. The thief unexpectedly returns the picture, explaining that his burglary activities serve only as a hobby to stave off boredom. The couple, with some helpful hints from Victoria’s ghost, visible only to Lionel, realise it is time to change their quarrelsome ways. To illustrate their good intentions, they decide to replace the old portrait with a new painting of themselves.

ISBN: 9781840947625 Published by New Theatre Publications
ADDRESS: 2 Hereford Close, Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 4HR

by Jane Lockyer Willis

HALF A CROWN - A One Act Comedy

A modern one act comedy about role playing and involving a princess who has a problem with her crown. Easy to cast with one set, and ideal for amateur clubs and drama festivals.
Princess Maud has had enough of royal life and leaves the palace to become a secretary to a firm of solicitors. But try as she may, she cannot rid herself of her crown and royal ways. When she finally succeeds in casting off a very physical tie to her past, an unexpected event compels Maud to review her decision. An adult fairy tale with a twist, this is a fun play.
Players: 3 male 3 female
Cast: Maud, Crust, Jonny, Caroline, Charlie, Linda
Set: An office
Period: Present
Running Time: 45 minutes
ISBN: 978-1-907307-13-1
PUBLISHED BY Spotlight Publications

'This is an entertaining little romp that will appeal to many groups.' Amateur Stage Magazine.

by Jane Lockyer Willis

CINDERELLA'S TIME OUT - A delightful new take on the classic fairytale

Cinderella yearns for a 'new life without straight roads and predictable endings.' Abandoning the story and the doting Pince Charming, she travels the world seeking her independence. Meanwhile the Prince, now at a loose end, meets Bo Peep. She temporarily fills the emotional gap, and together they set up home at his parent's palace. Cinderella finally returns to live with her ugly sisters, now kind and loving, owing to the positive influence of a new, innovative Fairy Godfather. Worried that Cinderella's behaviour has influenced other fairytales, the Prince and Bo Peep visit her to see what can be done. En route a dragon pursues them and attacks Bo Peep's sheep. All is resolved, when Godfather issues invitations to the annual ball. Bo Peep's father slays the dragon and Bo Peep, ever devoted to her flock, decides to return to her nursery rhyme. The liberated Cinderella and the prince, having attended the ball, are reunited and arrive back at the palace just before midnight. The fairy tale is back on track.
ISBN: 978-1-907307-30-0
PUBLISHED BY Spotlight Publications

by Jane Lockyer Willis


Two patients and one other - a patient or visitor? And what happened to the goldfish? A funny, touching play for three mature women.

Millie has come to visit her friend in hospital. Wandering into a ward, she becomes friendly with Annie and Rose, two eccentric, argumentative Patients. Things come to a head when Annie accuses Rose of saving up her sleeping pills in order to do away with herself, while Rose accuses Annie of having murdered her mother. The normally meek Millie becomes a surprisingly good judge and jury of Rose and Annie's dispute. At the end, the mystery of Millie's friend is finally solved.
ISBN: 978-1-907307-18-7
PUBLISHED BY Spotlight Publications

by Jane Lockyer Willis


What do Joseph, an upmarket stable and the Christmas Star have in common with a housewife, an errant husband and a friend who can't cook meringues? See what happens when Bethlehem comes to suburbia.
Set in present day England, this is an ideal one act comedy for Christmas.
Cast: 2 f 2m.Set: Single. Length: Approx. 35 mins.
SYNOPSIS It's the Christmas season and Gillian is missing her errant husband Norman, who has walked out on her without explanation. Prone to fantasies, she transforms her bedroom into a stable, casts her husband as a shepherd, Norman's girlfriend, Linda as a wise woman, and uses Joseph as the arbitrator to oversee this imaginary get-together. Although there are arguments, back stabbings and recriminations the meeting ends with a reconciliation in sight. However, when Gillian's husband unexpectedly telephones the next day, her fantasies set to work once more. The play ends with her grasp on reality being further questioned.

email: Tel: 01383 825 737

by Jane Lockyer Willis

Alan Smith

Cash For Cloisters

A play peppered with songs, rather than a musical Arthur C Throovest [nom de plume, Alan Smith]

Publishers: The Throovest Foundation, 6, Chantry heath Crescent, KNOWLE, West Midlands B93 9NH
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Robert Burbidge

Still Life With Onions

In 1947 the grey world of post-war London turns suddenly white as the Arctic winds bring the coldest winter in living memory. At the top of a grimy tenement block while the mercury falls, a country girl, a shop assistant and a German refugee battle the bitter cold and bitter memories to re-discover art, love, friendship, and what it really means to support West Ham United.

After a recent public student reading at the University of Bath Spa, where the piece was described as "rich & humorous" and "utterly charming", this play seeks a first full staged production. I am especially interested in working with London-based groups wanting to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the winter of 1947 and the often-forgotten years following the war. The four-handed cast is female-led with strong characters, and I am also interested in further development with an engaged acting group.

Cast: 2F (20s/30s) 2M (20s/Older) & Offstage voices (may be doubled)
Single set
Playing time: Approximately 60m
Contact: for sample script


Donald Stevens

I write plays for amateurs as well as professionals. My works usually require no more than 2 or 3 male characters, and as many as 6 to 9 female characters.

CAPTAIN MARIO COMES HOME requires 2 male and 5 principal female characters, plus 4 other female characters.

SLEEP requires 2 male characters and 6 female characters; with 5 non-speaking parts (m. or f.), plus extras if required.

AN AUTHOR IN SEARCH OF SIX CHARACTERS: 3 male, 3 female, 4 which can be male or female.

THE INHERITORS: 2 male; 8 female

These three have Italian settings.
Others have English settings.


Keith Trezise

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Whether you are looking for a one-act for a drama festival or something for a full evening’s entertainment, you will find all you need within the works of Keith Trezise. From the poignant prize-winning one-act drama Duplex to the full-length comedy Dying To Be Heard, every base is covered.
For Drama festivals there is a choice of four one-act plays and for a full evening’s entertainment you can either choose a full-length comedy, or put on a double bill of one-acts which you can mix and match as you please.
When considering a double bill it is worth noting that Duplex and Four Play (published collectively as Complications) can be performed using the same set and Branching Out and Curtain Call don’t use a set at all!
Both Branching Out and Curtain Call have enjoyed some success in Drama Festivals with Keith’s own theatre company - Flying Horse Theatre - with Curtain Call being awarded Best Original Play at the 2010 Tamworth (Hastilow) Drama Festival.
Each play is cleverly crafted, with many twists and turns to keep your audiences guessing before revealing the most unexpected outcome!
Find out more about these plays at

All plays are published by Jasper Publishing Ltd and their
website is
Keith Trezise
Keith Trezise at Amazon


Robin Miller

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I have written a comedy thriller/murder mystery, Murder On Cue, which I think would be appealing to amateur dramatic societies. There are six female parts and three male - more importantly six of the roles (four female, two male) are for mature character actors and actresses! In short, it's a play which gives meaty roles to older actors. (Alternatively, the characters can be successfully played by younger actors 'playing up' if necessary). It has one set. It follows the traditions of the murder mystery genre with plenty of red herrings and twists, but also has witty and entertaining dialogue. It has had a successful rehearsed reading where the audience feedback was excellent. If you think your drama group would like to put on a production, please get in touch with me for more details, at Robin Miller


Verity Taster

Verity Taster

Scripts for am dram and youth groups

I am a newly retired full time Drama teacher, producer and playwright of over 35 years experience. Plays staged at the Edinburgh fringe, in Dallas, Australia, Dublin.

All scripts tried, tested and staged worldwide

Most famously: ’The Magdalen Whitewash’.


Matthew Boardman

What is Truth?

My name is Matthew Boardman and I have a play of sorts I've written called 'What is Truth?' which I like and would like very much to see performed. It is a largely blasphemous rewrite of 8 key Bible scenes.


Titles by Mattie Lennon

All His Songs Were Sad

Mattie Lennon is seeking groups to perform his new play.

Script, songs and details of licence costs are available from Mattie via

My play (based on the life and works of Irish songwriter, the late Sean McCarthy ) has been staged by the Pantagleize Theatre Company in Fort Worth, Texas, from September 16th to October 3rd 2010.

Recordings of all featured songs are available on request.



Mattie Lennon is seeking groups to perform his play.
Script and details of licence costs are available from Mattie via

My one-act play A Wolf by the Ears is available for performance. This play has not been performed to date but got a puplic reading by professional actors at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee.


David Penn

A Grave Matter in Hampton Pogmore

A Grave Matter in Hampton Pogmore

A fantastic short story it is short, sweet, witty and totally entertaining. A combination of comedy and seriousness its is wonderfully written and be best performed live on stage.

Henry has had enough of the disagreements, arguments and friction between him, and his wife Hannah. Henry is too old to start again, and has too much to lose, unable to deal with her heavy demands any longer, he plans to do away with her. Alone in the pub, Henry has some weird and wacky thoughts as to how she will vanish. Catching one of his many ideas, he suddenly has it. A plan n position he goes home to commit the perfect crime, well nearly perfect.


Titles by Jack Fitzpatrick -

The Cage Of Perfect Things
a new play by Jack Fitzpatrick

If your theatre group would like to receive a free, e-mail copy of the director script of The Cage of Perfect Things just contact me via Thank you.

The Cage Of Perfect Things is a stage play about all those upscale possessions which take so many prisoners in any affluent society ... including our own. The setting is a provincial villa on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. The year is well after the high grandeur and glory of the Empire.
The struggle is between the security and the status of a middle-aged couple who own the villa and the freedom of a young, carefree, wandering, nameless Barbarian. The story begins with the arrival of the Barbarian who has come to sell the most precious Art object of the ancient world. It is a large medallion of the Goddess Athena. There are many intriguing ideas about the nature of Fine Art. In an unusual sequence of dreams a potter, a cynical painter and a sculptor tell the real truth about Greek and Roman Art.
There are two love stories: one young and one middle age. Also, to bring drama to your stage, you will find a most untraditional sword fight, a pagan dance, a classic monologue and a surprise ending that is tight and crisp and ironic.
Although this story is set in a time long, long ago - and the players wear togas and tunicae - the simple use of austere, modern-style furniture as suggested in the director script will give the show a contemporary feel. The story will be at home today in London, New York, Glasgow, Chicago, Peoria, Paris, or Hong Kong. The cast has six women and four men. The production requirements are simple and flexible.
The Cage of Perfect Things may convince your players and your audience that taking a poke at life's big questions can be fun for real Sophisticates and for real Barbarians. This play had a stage reading in Europe. Even on a bare stage with no costumes and an international cast reading to an international audience, the imagery came across well. If your stage adds a rather simple set, lighting, a few Roman costumes, some tambourines, a collection of flea-market art, and your own make-believe … you can have a unique story which the Greeks and the Romans would have enjoyed.
Owning things will never go out of fashion. Whether we own our objects or they own us will always be an interesting idea with which to play … now … or in ten thousand years.


a new musical

director script & score available to community theatres contact:

Riff-Raff Galaxies is a Rock musical. It is a dramatic and whimsical story based on the idea that Rock & Roll may well be the best gift we have to give to the Universe. And, that is what happens on stage: we, all of Planet Earth, give Rock & Roll to the Universe.
This show is ideal for community theatre. The cast is a mix of interesting roles for men and women of different ages. Every player has good lines. Just about every role has a song or two of its own.
Why has Rock & Roll been the dominant music of the whole world for three generations? Why is Rock & Roll the way the world wants to sing and the way the world wants to dance? It must be something more than just noise and glitter.
The opening song, Bloodline, ties Rock music to our deep past. The finale, Let Love Sing, celebrates our giving our music to the Universe and ties us forever to the deep future.
In Riff-Raff Galaxies, the Rock & Roll is both rowdy and gentle. It echoes the innocence and the excitement and the madness of the world of Rock & Roll.
Throughout the director script, numerous staging alternatives are detailed. The production budget can be grand or financed by bake sales.
If the players in your community theatre are innovative and rambunctious, if they yearn to strike their own mark on their own stage with a new show that tells the story of the music of our times, they would be perfect for Riff-Raff Galaxies!
Currently, a data DVD (no video) with the director script of Riff-Raff Galaxies, the sheet music for all the song arrangements and computer-generated audio files of all the music is available at no charge to community theatres - anywhere.
As one of the singer/songwriter characters in the play says, 'There is a fabulous tangle of life to see - and unwind - and set to sound.' If your players want to set to sound life in your town, think about performing Riff-Raff Galaxies.

Because I am the sole copyright holder of all my plays and musicals - performance rights are simple, flexible and very inexpensive.


Samantha Lierens



Entrenched has just been published by Lazy Bee scripts.
Based on the true story of Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, two of the only women allowed on the Western Front, 'Entrenched' explores the friends' different approaches to love and life and shows how these views eventually and tragically pulled them apart. At approximately 70 minutes long, it has great roles for women in particular, and in these centenary years, is a really timely play.

Samantha Lierens


I’m Cinderella (Get me out of here)

Has just been published by Smiths Scipts.
A hardworking yet down-trodden young woman overcomes adversity, finds true love and ends up running her own business in this modern version of the classic Cinderella.
The Prince, a property developer, is new in town. He wants to buy a local landmark building to turn it into a car-park. But how can he win friends and convince people? A local estate agent tells him that he can marry one of the ladies who lunch, that’s how. When Cinderella’s ghastly two sisters, Flip and Bloom find he’s looking for a bride, they can’t resist the opportunity to grab their man.
This Cinderella is feisty. She doesn’t sit around waiting for a Prince to rescue her, (oh no, she doesn’t!), in fact, she’s not even looking for a fella. However, love – of a kind – will prevail. ‘I’m Cinderella’ includes gazillions of local jokes, plenty of pop music and stars a diva Fairy Godmother with a “chequered romantic history”.
Suitable for all ages.

Rick Tompkins

Randy and Shandy
This play draws on the relationship between Jennie 'Randy' Randolph (mother of Winston Churchill) and her many lovers (in particular with the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VII) and Camilla 'Shandy' Shand, subsequently Mrs. Parker-Bowles and the Duchess of Cornwall, exploring her relationship with the current Prince of Wales and the affect of it on Diana, Princess of Wales and the future of the monarchy. A tale of morality, probity and integrity, or rather lack thereof.
As a friend said, 'Wow, Rick, your play is certainly not for the faint hearted, is it?'.


Maureen Settle


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A Free Sample Script for Ballet Schools and Performing Arts

On my website you will find a selection of duologues, quartets, choral speaking scripts, school assembly scripts, humorous verse pieces and serious poetry, all of which are perfect for drama festivals or classroom projects.
Samle Scripts


Lorraine Forrest-Turner
Writer and trainer

Contact: 01628 481947 or 07770 788343

Plays by Lorraine Forrest-Turner:
My plays
I have four published plays (details below) as well as 15 short (10-20 minutes), five one act (45-60 minutes) and two full length (90 minutes plus) plays available via my website ( or by emailing me at

Seven Stages of an Affair

Published by Samuel French in 2003, ‘Seven Stages of an Affair’ is a witty two-hander. Told through 14 monologues and seven duologues, it reveals the different stages of an affair from ‘temptation’ and ‘transgression’ through to the inevitable ending.

Quote from Seven Stages: “I don’t know if I was in love with Tony or just in love with the person I became when I was with him.”

To Have and To Hold

Following the sudden death or her father, Susan rushes home to help her mother and aunt with the funeral arrangements. But such intimate periods in life can bring out the best – and the worst – in people. Published in 2004 by Samuel French.

Quote from To Have and To Hold: “Forty years I lived with him and in all that time I never made him as happy as she did in one night.”

Dear Lily

Newspaper agony aunt, Ingrid, has had enough of playing second fiddle to the war correspondents and celebrity columnists. However, a new boyfriend, 10 years her junior, and a career as a life-coach bring a bigger set of problems. Published by Lazy Bee Scripts in 2012.

Quote from Dear Lily: “My name is INGRID!”

Bank Holiday Mondays and Other Ways to Kill A Marriage

Jake and Pippa are stranded in the pouring rain on the M25 on a bank holiday Monday with a hungry baby, a flat battery and no changing bag. Things can only get better. Can’t they? Published by Lazy Bee Scripts in 2013.

Quote from Bank Holiday Mondays: “God, that is truly vomit inducing. Rain or no rain, I’m opening the windows.”

Three's Company

A short sketch, with minimal set requirements - in a theme park queue, and with some strong language.

Cast: 1F, 2M. Estimated run time: 12 minutes.
Available from Lazy Bee Scripts

Sue Saunders

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From a review of the premiere at the Oast Youth Theatre, Tonbridge: ‘...the performance was for me one of the most outstanding and moving performances I have seen in recent times....’
Tom Hedley enlists underage in the Great War and is blamed for the deaths of his comrades in an explosion. He suffers the death penalty. His young sweetheart refuses to believe in his guilt. 80 years later a schoolgirl researches her great grandparents for a Poppy Day project. She discovers her link with Tom and puts the record straight.

Author: Saunders, Sue

Published April 2009

The play has been performed several times by younger amateur groups and is used extensively in schools.
It has a direct relevance to NE England - I conceived it as being set near Prudhoe although it could be performed anywhere in the UK. - it had its premiere in Kent - I would be really delighted to see it performed in our area
I would be happy to waive performing rights provided a retiring collection were made to suitable charity chosen by the group, and I could arrange discount prices, although the text seems to be available on several online sites.


Martyn Hesford

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BAFTA-nominated and award winning writer, Martyn Hesford's comedy, MRS LOWRY AND SON, had a very successful run at Trafalgar Studios in the West End. The play (a two-hander) is about the British painter LS Lowry's relationship with his mother. Should anyone want to read the play in view of an amateur production, please email me and I will gladly send you the play.

Contact: for more information, hard copy or free download of play.


Lou Stone

Publisher: New Theatre Publications
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"A Thane in the Arse."

A deranged anarchic comedy that offers a great opportunity for three gifted comedy actress and three to one hundred and three actors to wear tights, kilts and false beards.

The plot: The true story of the three witches and the tragedy, "Macbeth."
Unlike the Shakespeare play to which the play owes so much, the action for the most part takes place in today's suburbia where the trio share a flat in Gravesend..... where else? The play tells how on that fateful night when all three had an appointment to meet The Thane of Cawdor on that now famous Blasted Heath, the third witch was having a nervouse breakdown and at the last minute was unable to attend. How the other two get around this problem is what this is all about. That Doris, a ventriloquist's dummy, features highly may give the game away but the idea might inspire the reader and/or drama group to continue to the end.
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I've been writing plays since I was 11 or 12 and used to 'persuade' friends and neighbours to perform them! I have now written and published over 20 plays for children. My background as a drama and English teacher, and as the Artistic Director of a local youth theatre, has been great for developing ideas, stories and writing techniques. I have also written five drama resource books, published by Scholastic and, in 2006, I gained an MA in TV and Radio Scriptwriting which gave me another creative outlet. I particularly love writing for young actors, though, because I have never really grown up - and because they are the most discerning (and honest!) readers.

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Dancing Backwards tells the story of Elsie Tavistock, an old lady from the North of England who has a troubled past and a dark secret. Elsie talks to strangers at the bus stop and, because no one really listens to her, she is able to tell these strangers all about her life, her dramatic recent discoveries and her need for revenge, as she waits for the bus to take her to the airport - and on to a new life.



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Your enemy, he who cannot be named but is called Fred, has gained knowledge of the goblet of youth.
Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters is a lively comedy pastiche in which well-known characters from the fantasy genre come together on a common quest. Harry Rings, Wizard Potter at Hogwash School, and Mojo the hoblin - a cross between a hobbit and a goblin - unite against a common enemy ('he who cannot be named but is called Fred') to prevent him from gaining knowledge of the goblet of youth. Fast, funny and simple to stage, it will appeal to both young performers and their audiences. Download also includes full production notes with support on staging, costumes, props and effects, plus great linked drama and literacy tasks.



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This is no time to be stupid, Cosmos!
Coronation Fleet is a madcap comedy set on a spaceship sometime in the future. A visit from the Outer Far Space Tracking and Eradication Division inspectors is imminent, but an ineffectual Captain has other concerns - namely getting to the next game level! Bullying, drugs and broken down workstations add to the chaos and lead to a soap opera-style cliffhanger ending, as the inspectors suddenly bring their visit forward! This play is a great ensemble piece for a large cast. The download includes full production notes, with great suggestions for staging, costumes, props and effects, plus useful follow-on classroom activities.



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You have stabbed me! I am lame! I am lame! Three Murders, a Suicide and a Near Miss is a comedy based on Shakespeare's tragic Othello. The powerful play is transformed into a farcical melodrama, with the stock characters of villain, hero, heroine and fool. Introduced by an Announcer, the adaptation mixes modern characterisation with melodramatic farce, but still retains all the essential elements of the original story. Appealing to adult audiences and young performers alike - and simple to stage - this play offers a lively introduction to Shakespeare. The download includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects. It also contains great classroom activities for further study.



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Oh, no! Not the Large and Spooky Forest! It's so large and spooky!
A Suitably Happy Ending is a modern fairy tale containing all the familiar ingredients - with a twist! Jack fails his SATs and his family disown him. Banished to the Large and Spooky Forest, our hero finds support from unlikely sources. Simple to stage, this original play without music is a gentle comedy which will appeal to both adults and young performers and is perfect as a simple introduction to theatre. The download includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, costumes, props and effects, plus great follow-on classroom activities.



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Come on, it'll be totally wicked. A Rooster birthday bash for the baby Jesus. Hey! You could be our glitter ball!
The Xmas Factor is a lively but respectful retelling of the nativity story. The search is on to find a special star to lead the Wise Men to Bethlehem, but auditions aren't going well. Will the right star be found in time? The quirky characters and strong message in this play will appeal to both young actors and their audiences. Performances can be expanded by including appropriate Christmas songs and carols. The script includes full production notes, with ideas for staging, costumes, props and furniture, plus great linked classroom activities.



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What can I do now? How can I get my children back?
The Big Ship Sails is an emotional play about the British child migration scheme of the 1940s and 1950s. Based upon actual recollections, the play focuses on the lives of children from different families and explores the reasons for, and effects of, this devastating exportation programme. Powerful as a performance, the play is an excellent resource for investigating real events of recent British history from the perspective of those involved. It also offers young performers an opportunity to experience singing, mime and tableaux. The download includes full production notes, with supporting ideas for staging, props, costumes and effects. It also contains useful follow-on activities for further study of this topic.



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Oh, no! You've made me stand on my dinner.
A Suitably Happy Ending - the Musical! is a modern fairy tale containing all the familiar ingredients - with a twist! Jack fails his SATs and his family disown him. Banished to the Large and Spooky Forest, our hero finds support from unlikely sources. Simple to stage, this is a gentle comedy which will appeal to both adults and young performers. This musical comes complete with MP3 files comprising original songs - written by a music teacher specifically for young voices - full musical score, printable lyrics, plus musical accompaniment backing track. The download also includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, costumes, props and effects, plus great follow-on classroom activities.



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If we were doing the crucifixion, the nail makers would help!
The History of the Theatre - Part One! is a series of cleverly linked scenes which highlight the origins and development of theatre, from its inception all the way to Shakespeare - hence 'Part One!' Short scenes reveal the theatrical movers and shakers, and show us what some playwrights really thought about each other! Guided by two narrators, who also interact with the characters, the play is both informative and funny. It also provides young actors with the opportunity to explore different aspects of stagecraft such as mime, dance and tableaux. The download includes full production notes, with support on staging, props, costumes and effects, and it also contains great follow-on activities for further study.



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But what if he's dead and someone's seen us there?
The Trouble With Young People Today... is a modern drama with comedic elements which encourages young performers to explore how a lack of self-confidence, and disregard for personal safety, can have dramatic consequences. Jimmy is easily influenced and will do anything to impress his mates. Approval from his friends means everything to him, much to his mum's dismay. Eventually Jimmy's lack of self respect forces him to 'prove himself' - with devastating results. This play allows young actors the opportunity to create a powerful ensemble piece and provides opportunities for including mime, tableaux and other imaginative performance methods. The download includes full production notes, with support for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful follow-on activities for further study.



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Why have we got peas in our bed? I've never had a pea in my bed before.
The War of the Vegetables is a gentle comedy which explores social issues such as racism, bullying and living in harmony with others. An accident with the seeds leaves the Tomatoes and Peas growing in the same vegetable plot. War between the two seems inevitable, until they are threatened by the terrifying Runner Beans and have to unite against a common enemy! The play is simple to stage, provides opportunities to include dance routines or musical numbers, and is a great ensemble piece for younger performers. The download includes full production notes, providing support on staging, props, costumes and effects. It also contains great follow-on activities for the classroom.



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That's all very nice, but you could be killed.
The Legend of St. George and the Dragon tells the story of how the courageous, honourable and kind Knight, George, became the legend that is Saint George. When the City of Silene is terrorised by a dragon, the King is unable to help, but brave George arrives just in time to slay the beast, rescue the Princess, and save the people. This is a fabulous short and simple version of one of England's most enduring legends. The download also includes full production notes with great ideas for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful classroom activities for further study.



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Mind your own business, will you? You're daffodils and daffodils can't speak.
Peter's Problem is a gentle comedy in the fairy tale genre which addresses some of the issues surrounding bullying and explores the meaning of friendship. Bullied at school, Peter escapes to the woods and is astonished to discover that the animals can talk! They all give him different advice but will any of it make sense and resolve his problem? This is a great play for addressing PSHE issues, and to produce as an introduction to theatre for a large cast of young actors new to performing. The download includes full production notes with fantastic ideas for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful follow-on classroom activities for further study.



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Look, Mrs Collins, we're taping paper over the window to stop the Germans from bombing us.
Sausages For Tea is a mini play set in 1940, during World War 2. It tells the story of one family's experiences during an air raid in a fictional town. Young Peter Wilson has been sent to join the queue for meat at the butcher's, but suddenly an air raid strikes. As his mum and younger sister hide in the cellar, they worry about whether he'll make it safely home. This play enables young performers to gain some insight into the lives of children at that time, and to learn some historical facts about life on the Home Front during the Second World War. The play includes full production notes, with support for staging ideas, props, costumes and effects. It also contains great literacy, drama and history classroom activities.



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This strange boy's been kicking at the door, trying to attract our attention.
Crime Doesn't Pay is a gentle comedy based on a short story by Thomas Hardy. Whilst doing his father a favour kindly Hubert finds himself accused of burglary. But he manages to reveal the real culprits through some smart thinking - and a clever trick with a pepper pot! This simple to stage play has a strong moral and affords young actors the opportunity to experience many aspects of stagecraft, including mime, narration and tableaux. Set at Christmas, the script provides opportunities to include appropriate seasonal songs and music. The download includes full production notes, with great ideas for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful follow-on activities for further study.



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I know we all agreed to it, but can we actually afford a thousand guilders?
The Pied Piper of Hamelin is an engaging adaptation of Robert Browning's thought-provoking narrative poem. Lively scenes expand and support the original text, which is narrated by several voices. Comedy and pathos combine to bring the story to life, and young performers are encouraged to explore the themes of honesty - and the consequences of breaking promises. The play also provides opportunities to include musical extracts and the cast can be expanded with additional actors in non-speaking roles. The download includes full production notes, with supporting ideas for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful follow-on activities for further study.



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Are we supposed to eat him now?
The Witch Who Nicked Happiness is a gentle comedy in the fairy tale genre which encourages children to explore the concept of happiness and what it means to be a good citizen. Witch Fisticuffs is banned from the King's party and vows to take her revenge. Immediate misery prevails amongst the villagers, so the heroic Honest John Begood goes in search of answers. He finds them, but all is not quite as it seems. This play is simple to stage and is a lovely introduction to the art of performing. The download includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains great follow-on classroom activities.



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I don't think we should be doing this, lads. I've got a really bad feeling about gatecrashing this party.
Love Me Tender is a soap opera version of the first half or Romeo and Juliet - with cliffhanger ending! Faithful to the original story and characters, it ends with the pivotal event of Tybalt's death. The play can be used as a resource for comparing and contrasting with the original text, or as a springboard for writing the follow-on script. It also provides young actors with the opportunity to experience stage fighting, montage and dance routines. The download includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects and the play also contains great follow-on activities for further drama and literacy study.



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He's horrible, that Mr Jenkins. He strapped Ada so badly she couldn't move and he stopped money out of Fanny's pay.
Whistle As You Walk Away is a powerful, informative and moving play with occasional music which dramatises the lives and times of Victorian children working in the cotton mills. Viewed through the eyes of the young workers, we hear of their hardships and learn about the difficulties and dangers they faced each working day - and understand how their lives gradually improved. The play also provides opportunities for young actors to develop mime and movement skills and to perform original songs. The download includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, costumes, props and effects, plus sheet music and lyrics for the original songs. It also contains great follow-on activities for further study of this historical time.



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Well, anyone can be wise if they've got a few magic tricks up their sleeve, can't they?
Fairy Crystal and the Really Big Lie is a traditional fairy tale which uses gentle humour to explore whether telling a lie can ever be a good thing. Every time Fairy Crystal tells a lie, another fairy dies - and she lies a lot! The colony are on the verge of expelling her when Crystal tells the biggest lie of all, putting the safety of the fairy community before her own. This is a lovely play with a strong message and, although simple to stage, it has the potential for creative impact through imaginative costume and make-up design. The download includes full production notes, with advice on staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful follow-on activities for further study.



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Back off, girly, this is my coven.
Spellbound is a fairy tale with attitude. When life becomes dull in Fairyland, the goblins Chaos and Mayhem decide to help. But they don't count on a witch fiddling the figures, a stroppy Princess, and a handsome Prince who isn't even handsome. Needless to say, things don't quite go to plan...
Simple to stage and appealing to all ages, this play provides young performers with a great introduction to theatre, and the opportunity to include dance routines. The download includes full production notes, providing ideas for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains great follow-on classroom activities.



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But can't you just paint a smile on? That's what all the other clowns do.
The Clown Who Couldn't Smile is a gentle story with elements of comedy which explores the concept of the true meaning of happiness. Bonzo the clown has lost the ability to smile and is in danger of being kicked out of the circus and sent back to Clown School. All seems lost, then a possible solution presents itself - but will Bonzo recognise the key to happiness? This is a simple to stage play that can be made more elaborate with the inclusion of musical extracts, songs, and circus routines. The download includes full production notes, with great ideas for staging, costumes, props and effects. It also contains useful follow-on classroom activities.



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This is all getting very messy. If Hamlet was out of the country, who killed the others?
Hamlet, the Murder Mystery is a lively retelling of one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies. Horatio, being the only person left standing at the end of the play, is being interrogated by the police. Anxious to exonerate himself, he recounts the events which led to so many tragic deaths and, through flashback, we see the full story unfold. Although condensed, this adaptation of Hamlet still retains all of the essential elements of the original text. The download includes full production notes, with support for staging, props, costumes and effects. It also contains great follow-on activities for further study.


Judy Shone

Publisher: Full House Productions

Traditional Family pantomimes for all to enjoy at a reasonable cost with lost of friendly advice and tips find us on facebook or email for a list of titles


Global Warming the Musical

I am looking for a group to put on a new musical. I have written a musical called Global Warming the Musical - and I am looking for Musical Theatre groups to put it on. It requires 4 girls who can sing as well as act, a young male lead who can sing and about 5 other adult parts. It has only had one production so far, at the Headgate Theatre in Colchester and you can see pics of the production and hear extracts from the songs on I have backing tracks and or musical scores available and for more information please contact me. I am offering this opportunity for free.

About the Author: Song writer and creator of Global Warming the Musical - Let's Heat It Up! 16 Original Songs


Morella - a gothic opera

Contact Jack Smith

I'm Jack Smith - the composer of the musical opera, and myself and my lyricist - Lesley - produced a show as part of Macclesfield's Barnaby Arts Festival back in June 2014. It was a huge success - it was a sellout and received a standing ovation.
Now we're looking to expand further - encourage more people to get on board and work towards a full production. Please assist us in getting a complete team of vocalists, instrumentalists and anybody wanting to help us theatrically, be that production, backstage, sound etc.
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.


Mystery Writers Ltd

Free Pantomime with an optional murder mystery

Hartshorne, Derbyshire
Contact 07774 215087

After 13 years of writing murder mystery games for the boxed and downloadable market we have now written a pantomime with an optional murder mystery. We have two new scripts that we are prepared to offer free for testing. The first is Aladdin, a full stand alone pantomime with song lyrics included, the second is Murder at the Panto, which is part murder mystery/part pantomime which is designed to be interspersed with the Aladdin script to make a production of varying lengths as required. All we ask is feedback/details of any tweaks thought necessary


Free Musical
The Beggars Opera, renamed 'Beggars Belief! - the Musical

Andram Music offers a modern version of John Gay's The Beggars Opera, renamed 'Beggars Belief! - the Musical',free to amateur dramatic societies.

Please see the ANDRAM website or contact me via

Stuart Jones

a British composer for major labels


‘Picture This, Picture Life’

If anyone would like to listen to my brand new musical with a view to performing it I would appreciate some feedback. The links are shown below.
It is all music, no script, just some short links. It's fully self contained with backing tracks as the music is complex so could be more difficult with an orchestra. It's abstract progressive experimental classical jazz funk in it's styles.
Act one
Act two

Musical entitled:
‘Real Love’
Free to use!

‘Real Love’ was staged at the Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, with great success.
Now we are offering the musical to groups country wide to stage for free!
‘Real Love’ has 7 charactors ranging from 18-60 and a chorus. The musical contains 10 songs and dance routines and comes with backing tracks, guide vocals, dance music and is easy to to stage. and last about 1 hour.
For your free copy of the script just email
Some of the songs from the show (guide vocals only) can be heard at &


Derek Thompson

Comedy Sketch Scripts

I'm a freelance writer based in the South West and I've put together an eBook collection of sketches for people who want to try their hand at performing comedy, but who lack the material.

There are 35 sketches altogether and the material can be used for non-profit activities such as showreels or group exercises. The content covers some adult topics.

The eBook is available as a PDF for just £5 and you can find details here, along with a purchasing link

I'm also available if you need material written.


John Waterhouse

A haunting comedy set on a remote Hebridean isle
by John Waterhouse
for 3 men and 3 women
Terry, a stressed-out businessman, goes away with his wife for a few days rest to a remote Scottish island. They soon finds out that the island has a host of natural hazards, from sudden fog to quick sands, and numerous other dangers from animals and insects. Then a ghost appears, with dire warnings. For Terry, it is a living nightmare but for a flamboyant American film director, the guesthouse provides the ideal location for a ghost story.

A free copy of the script is available by e-mail with details of performance rights from the publisher, NTP. Please telephone +44 (0)1925-485605 or e-mail


Tony Breeze

A member of The Playwrights Publishing Company
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Nottingham Playwright - finalist in Pittsburgh New Play Festival with 'My Brother’s Keeper' 2f 2m (& 2nsp. m).

Free dowloads of samples of new one-act and full-length comedies and serious plays from UK authors.

Postal enquiries to 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 5AL Phone 01159313356


Miriam Gallagher

Playwright. Novelist & Screenwriter

photographer (Jonathan Philbin Bowman)

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53 Upper Beechwood Ave., Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Ireland

Award-winning playwright Miriam Gallagher's work has been produced in Ireland, London, Paris, New York, Canada, South Africa & Australia. She has worked in professional, prison & community theatre. She is a former vice president of Irish PEN, council member of Soc. of Irish Playwrights & committee member of Irish Writers' Union. She gives workshops in schools, arts centres & colleges. Recently work was staged Off-Off Broadway, in Chicago and at Edinburgh Festval Fringe. Her Mss are in the National Lbrary, Dublin & film work in the Irish Film Archive.

Plays include:-


What are we doing about our waste disposal?
(Full Length: Cast: F2 + M 2) SET: Suggests a Wasteland Area wth DS. doubling as Waste Management Office/ Morrissey Home.

*First performed as a Staged Reading at the Bridge Theatre, Off-Off Broadway.
" Extremely engaging. . . the script has a wonderful musicality to the dialogue" . . .
Emily Brazee, Davenport theatrical Enterprises Inc. New York.


Do we kill or cure our patients?
(Full Length: Cast: F4 + M 4) SET: The Wellenough Clinic, Co. Dublin (impressionistic)
*First performed at Dublin Theatre Festival.
"A brisk entertaining picture of hospital life where the interests of the patients are a low priority.” . . .
Evening Herald.
" Labels is a hard hitting social statement fused with ironic humour”. . .
Phyl Herbert, Theatre Director, Dublin


How far will we go in search of perfect beauty?
(One Act: Cast: F 5 SET: 'black Heaven’ Beauty Salon.

* First performed (not yet!)


Three women meet by chance -or is it chance- with comic & startling results.
(One Act: Cast: F 3 SET: smart city café.
* First performed at Gaelic Park Irish Festival, Chicago.
" High praise for the piece. The opening went very well". . .
David Walters, Artistic Director, Nightblack Theatre, Chicago.


* Prize winner, Near & Far International Playwrighting Contest U.S.A.
On the eve of his funeral, questions are asked about 'The Departed' by Alice, back from the U.S. to Kanteerly where she was born, while Aoife, the grieving widow and daughter Kate clash over family loyalties.
(One Act: Cast: F 5 SET: A country pub in Ireland.
* First performed (not yet!)


One Act Play
(Boxing Comedy) ISBN 0-9538200 09
(Soc. Irish Playwrights, 1991,1997)
Cast: 1F- 4M (No set)
Performed: Dublin Theatre Festival/King's Head, London/New York & Chicago.


One Act Play
(Folk Tale. Dance/Music)
Cast: 1F- 1M, Sea, Chorus (M or F) (No set)
Performed: ContemporEire'84, Dublin/Drama Fests/ Schools Fests, St. George, Canada.


One Act Play
Cast: 1F - 1M (No set)
Performed: ContemporEire'84, Dublin/Drama Fests/ Schools Fests, Hollister, California.


One Act Play
(Omlettes, Lemon Soufflé, Easter Eggs)
These three plays can be performed as one full length or separately..


One Act Play
(Black Comedy)
Cast: 3 Waiters (M or F) + 2F + 3M. Set in a restaurant.
Performed: Pentameters, London/Dublin Theatre Festival/Drama Festivals, USA, South Africa and Australia.


One Act Play
(Bittersweet Comedy)
Cast: 3F- 4M. Set in the Old Abbey (suggested)
Performed: Pentameters, London/Andrew's Lane Theatre, Dublin. Drama Festivals, Ireland & Australia.


One Act Play
(Short Comedy)
Cast: Magician (F or M ) + 4F + 2M (Adults play Children).
Set in Mabel's Party Place (suggested)
Performed: Andrew's Lane Theatre, Dublin. UK, Canada & USA.


One Act Play
ISBN 0-9538200 17 (Mirage)
Cast: 2F. 2M. Set in a run down house in the early 1990's.
Performed: Galloglass Theatre Company's National Tour 2001.


One Act Play
(Celtic Tale of Midhir and Etain)
Cast: 2F -3M + CHORUS (F or M) + Dancers (music/dance)
Performed: Martin Murphy High School, Hollister, California.


One Act Play
Cast: People of Ranelagh from (1208-1988).
Set: Ranelagh gardens past + present (suggested) Mime/dance/music.
Performed: Dublin Millennium Project 1988 (Ranelagh and Rathmines).


One Act Play
(for children)
Cast: Woodland Creatures, Mighty Oak, Wise Woman, Mayor, etc. Set in a Woodland (suggested)
Performed: Gate Theatre Dublin, and Crypt Arts Centre, Dublin Castle.


Interludes (One Act)
(Comedy, celebrating Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) the great Irish Harper Composer.)
Cast: 1M + Musician[s.] Performed: Nat. Concert Hall/Rté Radio/Carolan Festival, Keadue.
Helsinki/Turku, & Tallin, Estonia.


Interludes (One Act)
(comedy, celebrating Irish composer, John FIELD (1782-1837))
Cast: 1F -1M + Pianist.
Performed: National Concert Hall/Dublin Millennium 'Field Days' Festival. Int. Field Festival, Maynooth university, Carrick Watermusic Festival.


Interludes (One Act)
(comedy, celebrating the Irish born composers, Michael W. BALFE
(1808-1870) & William V. WALLACE (1812-1865))
Cast: 1F- 2M + Pianist.
Performed: National Concert Hall/Rté Radio/Garter Lane, Waterford, Dundalk Arts Centre.


Interludes (One Act)
(comedy, celebrating the Irish born composer Joan Trimble (1915-1000)
ISBN 9780953820030 (Mirage)
Cast: 1F-1M +Piano (preferably two pianos)
Performed: Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen Arts Festival


Full Length Play
Cast: 8F-3M. Set in a Women's Prison (suggested).
Performed: Damer Hall/ Samuel Beckett Centre/Community + VEC Tour.


Full Length Play
Cast: 1F (or 2F-1M -as Rté Radio 1999). Set: A railway station in Limbo.
Performed: Andrew's Lane Theatre, Dublin, Rté Radio.
Readings: New York, 4th Int. Women Playwrights' Conf. Galway.


Full Length Play
ISBN 9780953820023 (Mirage)
Cast: People of Clare (Historical & present day); Local legends (music/dance)
Performed: Glór Theatre, Ennis Co. Clare + Tour.
(Arts award commission by Clare Co. Council.)


Full Length Play
(Celebrating artist Suzanne Valadon)
(in collaboration with Mia Gallagher & Nathalie Rafal). Cast: 2 F + chanteuse.
Performed: Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin;

Moorside Music

Two new musicals? 'The Ballad of Tippling Down' is a 'Ealing' type comedy/drama set in WW11. Eight adult leads, six child leads, 'big'chorus work for both adult and junior chorus(evacuees). Operatic, choral, ballad, instrumental.

'My Gap Year' is a comedy set on holiday in the 70's. Pop in the style of the time, rock, ballad, 'the chorus of typical tourists' and with some Greek dancing.

Please visit for synopsis, sound tracks, and libretto, or email for a script and CD


The Musical Director's Handbook

"The Musical Director's Handbook is a comprehensive guide for musicians who want to learn more about Musical Direction in Theatre. Chapter by chapter, this handbook explores the different skills required of the Musical Director, from the early stages of score learning and pre-production, through auditions and rehearsals, right up to opening night and beyond. As well as offering help and advice, based on the writer's own experience working in amateur, youth and professional theatre, each chapter contains exercises and suggestions for further study. Whether you are approaching this as a keen amateur, a school or college music teacher, or a professional musician, the Musical Director's handbook with help to ensure that your journey to opening night is a happy and fulfilling one."

"As a professional musician approaching Musical Direction for the first time, this handbook was an invaluable aid to me, and one which I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about MDing."
Steve Holness, Assistant Musical Director - Rock of Ages (London)

"The first time I worked closely with Stuart Morley has made me hope it won't be the last. His marshalling of enormous forces to produce a marvellous vocal sound was an essential contribution to my concert production of 'Chess' at the Royal Albert Hall working so well"
Sir Tim Rice, Lyricist and Author

"I have known Stuart from student to maestro, a brilliant musician whether as player, arranger or conductor. This book shows his dedication and high standards."
Clive Swift, Actor

Stuart Morley is currently Musical Director of the Olivier Award winning production of "We Will Rock You" Other theatre credits include "Cabaret" (Lyric, West End), "Tommy" and "This is Elvis" (No. 1 UK tours), Ray Cooney's "Times Up" (Yvonne Arnaud), "Release the Beat" (Arcola), Brian May and Kerry Ellis' "Anthems" (Royal Albert Hall and UK Tour). Stuart is Musical Director of Millfield Youth Theatre, based in North London and a Musical Theatre Vocal Coach at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was made an honorary Associate in 2011. He recently re-orchestrated and produced the re-issue of Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballe's "Barcelona" Album for Island Records/Mercury Songs and also conducted former Royal harpist Claire Jones' new album "The Girl with the Golden Harp" for Classic FM with the English Chamber Orchestra.


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One-Act comedy set in Wales. First performed in 2009 by Cranwell Amateur Theatrical Society whose production was adjudicated WINNER of the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association Festival of One-Act Plays at Whittle Hall, RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. Cast of three: Su Toogood, Malcolm Jones, Peggy Reading. Director: Pamela Jones. Comment: “The comedy is dry and understated with the occasional eruption of emotion I can hardly remember when I last saw such committed eating on stage. It was a great moment of theatre and beautifully handled by all concerned.” Adjudicator: Paul Fowler GODA

Beware! Danger Zone!

A one act comedy on Health and Safety. First performed in 2012 by Cranwell Amateur Theatrical Society at the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association Festival of One-Act Plays, Lincolnshire. Previously performed script-in-hand at Actors and Writers London at the Polish Centre on Monday 21 March 2011.


by Christopher Owen and Susan K Monson. A full length comedy-drama performed by New Live Theatre in the North West Women In Comedy Festival, Manchester 2013.
Cast: 6 female, 1 male. The ages of the women range between 70 and late 20’s. It is about a feminist a cappella choir, whose depleted membership is struggling to keep the choir in existence. While maintaining the intentional humour of the play, the relationships between the women are put under considerable strain. Traditional feminist songs ‘music and lyrics’ available.
‘I really enjoyed it - and admired you for being able to write such wonderful and natural sounding dialogue.’ (Kathleen Armstrong, member of Velvet Fist)
‘Very original and enjoyable. I enjoyed myself from the beginning to the end.’ (Julian Lamoral-Roberts, film producer)


This full length play received a rehearsed reading at the Old Vic London with Dame Penelope Keith as Edith Sitwell and Malcolm Sinclair as Noel Coward, directed by Jonathan Church.
Edith Sitwell’s flat. A morning in September 1962. With the encouragement and care of Elizabeth Salter, Edith Sitwell prepares herself physically and mentally for her 75th birthday celebration at the Festival Hall. Throughout the play she battles with old age and increasing infirmity and with her memories of the ill treatment she suffered as a child at the hands of her father and mother, Sir George and Lady Ida Sitwell, and her undiminished need for recognition and acclaim. She is anxious for reassurance that her life’s work is and has been of significant value. It is for this last that she turns to Noel Coward, whom, on account of his ridicule of her and her brothers 40 years earlier, she has pronounced her enemy.


A one act two hander comedy. GILLIAN is forty year old concert platform singer specializing in popular classics and songs from the shows. TREVOR is Gillian’s middle aged piano accompanist. They are in a bedroom of a standard modern hotel. Gillian is worried about her throat, Trevor has fractured his wrist. They are desperate to find a replacement for him for tonight’s concert in Liverpool. It’s been a long tour!
Review by Playwrights Studio Scotland: ‘This is a funny and well written comedy which demonstrates an ear and flare for witty, well-timed dialogue. The premise works well dramatically – piling stress and time constraints on an already fraught relationship and situation. The characters are well paired as an odd couple in mutual exasperation.’
If preferred there is a version of this comedy with an additional two disruptive roles of hotel manager and cleaner.


A five minute sketch. (1 m. 2 F). Winner of the Lost Theatre Five Minute Festival 2011. Subsequently performed by New Venture theatre, Brighton. Adapted to a short film by XYZ. Some strong language. A psychiatric consulting room. A consultation. There is an issue regarding silence, when to remain silent and when to speak.


a one-man play performed by Christopher Owen between 1995 and 2004, it played in well over 100 venues up and down the UK and in the Gulf States.
Brilliant – a masterpiece of sustained characterisation – The Surrey Advertiser.
An evening of comedy – totally engrossing – a must see - The Bordon Herald.
By the end of the evening it felt we were taking leave of a dear friend - Lichfield Mercury.
Outstanding - much enjoyed by the audience - a prolonged ovation – The Stage.
Since 2013 this show has been performed intermittently in North West England under a non-exclusive contract by actor Bob Young.
The year is 1895. The Rev. J.T. Smith of St Peter’s, Mulworth, has just arrived at the Parish Hall in the village of Norton. It is a very special occasion: the celebration of the rebuilding of the Old Bell Tower at St Peter’s. A Guest Speaker is expected, songs are to be sung by Rev. Smith’s wife and his former curate Mr Rashleigh – but none of them have turned up!

Richard Kinnaird

Contact: or 07482 735237
Derbyshire UK

The Gates

A man stumbles on the gates to heaven and hell and is told by 2 angels who are guarding the gates, that to find out where you’re going when you die, you must take a test. After taking the test and passing, Steven then has a long journey of many choices, being pulled by forces of “good” and “evil”, he has no idea that the choices he makes have a profound effect on the whole world.


Mike O Halloran


A Queens Speech

A Queen’s Speech is a delightful blend of comedy and drama set in the summer of 2011 when Ireland was lifted from the gloom of recession by the promise of a State visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The action takes places in a pub which also houses a small barbershop run by Jimmy, a vulnerable soul who really gets into the spirit of the occasion. Jimmy’s excitement is shared by two kind women, who help him through life, indulging his idiosyncrasies and encouraging his dreams. But his idyllic life is threatened by the business aspirations of the conniving pub owner Declan. Will an innocent triumph over a shady dealer?

This is an ideal play for an amateur drama group to produce. A Queens speech played to a very receptive audience in Siamsa Tire Theatre Tralee (The National Folk Theatre of Ireland) in November 2015.
The cast is:
2 women in their thirties
2 men thirties forties
1 man in his sixties.
The set remains the same for all scenes
The running time is 1 hour and 10 minutes approx.
Scripts are available from

A Queen’s Speech is a new play by Mike O’Halloran. In 2010 he premiered his first play, September ’82, a story about Kerry Football fans, which delighted audiences around the country. This new offering moves away from the sporting theme, but stays in the world of the small town pub. It’s an offbeat comedy with plenty of twists in the tale, which is sure to find many fans.



Looking for a free musical for your theatre group?
WORKhouse based in Loughborough and Derby have a new musical (tried and tested).
We performed our first musical last summer 2010. Several people asked what we were going to do with it after the run had finished, and this is what we decided:
It's available to anyone who would like to perform it - FOR FREE!!!

We have a set of scripts and musical scores at no charge - our aim, and delight, would be to see what someone else does with it!
"Worlds Apart" is the bitter-sweet story of a mother and her son, both looking for something when what they really needed is staring them in the face all along.
17 songs and a lively script unravel what happens to them.

Check out our website for further details or


Antony Franchi

New Musical Available Free
Global Warming - The Musical

I am looking for any theatre group who would like to stick their neck out and put on a new musical by an unknown writer (me!).
See Global Warming - The Musical or contact me via

Malcolm Noble

Market Harborough Leics

Titles by Malcolm Noble

Take Seven Cooks

Take Seven Cooksis a whodunit adapted for the amateur stage from the authors series of Timberdick Mysteries

Four lines from a traditional nursery rhyme guide seven suspects through this entertaining whodunit. Jealousy, resentment and ambition emerge as likely motives, but its old fashioned observation and deduction that solve the case.

The press has praised Malcolm Nobles successful mystery novels as beautifully written and darkly funny with strong characterisation. In Take Seven Cooks he has weaved some of his readers favourite episodes into a new storyline for the small stage
A cast of tried and tested characters gives players scope for interpretation and projection within the structure of a detective drama.Take Seven Cooks is a play set in the early 1960s and features characters who regularly pop up in Malcolms popular Timberdick book series.
MALCOLM NOBLE served in the Hampshire Police, a chapter of his life that provides some background to his crime fiction. He has written eleven mystery novels set in the south of England from the 1920s to the 1960s. Reviews have emphasised his sense of place and atmosphere, his strong characterisation and first rate storytelling. Malcolm lives in Market Harborough where he and his wife run a secondhand bookshop
Malcolm Noble.
Author of the Timberdick Mysteries: "Parochial Policing at its Best" (Shropshire Star)

Lizzie Waldron's Day Return

A 20 minute play for radio, or suitable for staged reading. It will be produced on 102.3 Hfm on 18 February 2016 and is available for performance after that date

"A great success. We look forward to a sequel very soon" (102.3 Hfm)

Publisher: Bookcabin Press
ISBN 978-0993270055
Amazon Link Amazon

John's Scripts

Real Love
Free Script Available

‘Real Love’ was recently staged at the Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, with great success.
Now we are offering the musical to groups country wide to stage.
‘Real Love’ has 7 charactors ranging from 18-60 and a chorus. The musical contains 10 songs and dance routines and comes with backing tracks, guide vocals, dance music and is easy to to stage.
for your free copy of the script just
some of the songs from the show (guide vocals only) can be heard here

Paul Mathews

Free Play Available

‘Celebrity’ is a sharp, witty and often touching insight into the modern phenomenon that is celebrity.
This full-length comedy received its premiere when the Centralian Players performed it over three nights in October 2010, playing to packed houses on all three nights.
The action focuses on an eventful 24-hours in the lives of science-fiction writer Max Kettell and his PR guru wife Amber as their friends, family and clients get drawn into various celebrity disasters and intrigues. As well as exploring the modern world of celebrity, it also touches on familiar themes such as parenting and childhood.

‘Celebrity’ is most certainly a modern comedy, which will appeal to regular theatregoers, as well as those people who might ordinarily prefer ‘X-Factor’ or ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ to a night at the theatre.

All profits from ‘Celebrity’ - a very healthy £1,000 - were donated to the Watford-based Peace Hospice.
The author, Paul Mathews, is prepared to make the script available for performance for no-charge, on the basis that groups performing the play donate the profits to a local hospice or other local charity.
Excerpt from NODA review: 'This was a great evening’s entertainment. The piece, although full of humour, certainly made you think about relationship problems in all aspects of life, particularly within families.'
If you would like to receive a review copy of the script, please email the author via

Miles Tredinnick

has worked extensively in film, TV, Theatre and music
'Comedy Plays by Miles Tredinnick'


Titles by Miles Tredinnick

Up Pompeii

If you're looking for a fun play to produce then check out UP POMPEII.

It has a cast of 11 (M6, F5) and is published by Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Up Pompeii stage rights released
The worldwide stage rights (amateur and professional) to Up Pompeii are now available for production.
Contact Josef Weinberger Ltd for more information.
Up Pompeii - Paperback


Twist is published by Matador Books and is available from Amazon
Twist, my stage comedy thriller, (originally produced at the Pentameters Theatre in London under the title Getting Away with Murder) is a six hander - 3 men and 3 women. It uses one set of a London apartment.
David Woods is a mild-mannered accountant who sees a sensational way of making a fortune by writing a kiss-and-tell biography about his bitchy wife Sarah, the nation’s favourite actress from the hit soap Doctors and Nurses. He then realises that his book will do even better if she is murdered first! Unfortunately a few obstacles get in his way...
Twist is a hilarious spoof of the much-loved theatrical thriller where nobody is what they seem and nothing is what it should be! With all the ingredients you’d expect of a first class thriller, the cunning twists and turns will take you on a corkscrew ride of suspense and excitement. And just when you think you know what’s going to happen next think again, as Twist catches you out one more time before the breath-taking dénouement.

Other titles by Miles Tredinnick
Topless, Laugh? I Nearly Went to Miami, Fripp, Topless in Philadelphia


John Jackson

Coming Home - a musical

The musical is set in World War One and is about a group of friends who decide to join up. One of the group is dead against this and stays home with his sweetheart, which leads to a bitter parting of the ways.
The one who stays home is soon faced with the dreadful news of casualties from the front and is overcome with guilt and grief. He makes the decision to serve on the front line as a stretcher bearer and endures another bitter parting from his girlfriend.
The girlfriend, then finds out she is pregnant and faces bringing up a child without a father. There is a twist in the tale, which leads to the climax of the show.
I am 60 years old and was born in Lancaster. I have lived most of my life in the Blackburn area of Lancashire, but now reside in Flookburgh Cumbria.
Please listen to the link from utube. It is "Sing Me A Lullaby" one of the songs from the show.

Lorraine Mason
These are my pantomime scripts to which I am the author. I began writing pantomimes for my local amateur dramatic society Centre Stage Company, Haverhill and found I was pretty good at it, so I got in touch with an online script publisher and... hey presto! All my pantomimes stay true to the origins of the stories they come from with plenty of music, magic and mayhem woven into the plot. I always like to add a little twist here and there with lots of cheeky innuendos, slapstick and a touch of sentiment without getting too slushy.
All published by Lazy Bee Scripts. The links are as follows;

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin [version 4]

Lazy Bee Scripts

A charming piper comes to town causing all the ladies to swoon - all except the evil Queen Rat, who he swiftly and stylishly defeats with his musical magic. Aided by her bungling henchmen - Gunk and Sludge, she plots her revenge. Yodelling and traditional Bavarian slapping dance all included.

Beauty And The Beast [version 4]

Lazy Bee Scripts

No singing teapots here! But you do get two aristocrat toffs, trying (and failing) to win the heart the same girl while sucking up to her poor father who has fallen on hard times, two larger than life panto dames (sisters to said girl,) Trying (and failing) to win the hearts of said toffs while harassing said father for new clothes, jewellery, shoes, sports cars - you name it. At the centre of it all is the lovely old story of how an innocent girl learned to tame and love a ferocious beast. Watch out for the feuding fairies and creepy castle servants.

Puss In Boots [version 4]

Lazy Bee Scripts

The hilarious donkey bathing scene alone makes this panto well worth producing. With Olaf the 'Orrible Ogre stealing Fairy Poppins wand, he can change himself into any creature, kidnap Princess Bethany and terrorise the kingdom! It's up to the three brothers - Hickory, Dickory and Jack to save the day with the help of Puss and their carrot crazy donkey, Dipsey.

Keith Dyer

Panto Script Available
Spanish Panto

I live in Campo near Cartama and have written this, my first panto script including a couple of songs. An excerpt from the script can be read here.
Anyone with a genuine interest in knowing more should contact me via


Henry Harding

The Bells Of St Mary's

The Bells Of St Mary's is a romantic comedy with a supernatural twist that follows in the footsteps of timeless Christmas tales such as A Christmas Carol and It's A Wonderful Life.
It is an intimate play with a small cast (5 male, 2 female) that could be realised on a very small budget.
synopsis and more information here:



Sharon Waring & Helen Landau

Sharon WaringHelen Landau

Life In Space – a quirky comedy

Life In Space – a quirky comedy

1 hour and 30 minutes running time
5 females, 5 males and optional extras
It is 1970s outback Australia and the unceremonious arrival of Joel, a young Yorkshire lad raises more than an eyebrow amongst the locals of Bolden Creek. It is getting close to Alien day, a big deal for the residents, during which people flock from miles away to celebrate the alleged UFO activities in the area. Mutual feelings are developing between Joel and local girl Cath however; Joel appears to ruin his chances when he has an encounter of the close kind with the earthy Nadine. This has explosive consequences on Alien Day, driving a shamed Joel out of town. Will Cath now get together with Damo, a likeable but crazy car mechanic who earnestly believes that the aliens are coming for him? Will Joel have the courage to stop Cath from making an astronomical mistake?
Many things have shaken out of the tree in Joel’s absence and all is not as it seems. There are some huge shocks in store for everyone, and it appears there are stranger secrets on earth than in space by gum…
“…As the play unfolds, we realise there are revelations that complete the roller coaster ride of emotions that the play invokes!
I feel sure the audience that share this absorbing experience will leave the theatre in a very happy state of mind!”
Norman Reynolds
Production Designer – BAFTA and twice Academy Award Winner
For a FREE two-scene taster contact me at:
The full-length play can be sampled and purchased through New Theatre Publications at:
Contact: Sharon Waring or Helen Landau

Kieran Carroll
Kieran Carroll

Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Oldest Man

requires a middle-aged to older male actor. It's a comic monologue and is a lot of fun to play. The piece also requires a cameo at the end from a female who is the long suffering wife. Age is not so vital for this role.

Bruno Lacroix


Lofty Larceny

2 hours comedy.pdf (725769)
Comedy in II Acts. 2 hours. Eleven characters. 7 men and 4 women or 8 men and 3 women.
A rich industrial on the verge of financial breakdown, imagine a way out to avoid drama. Different characters will visit him in his penthouse and will try either to help him or to make his day a nightmare. Very funny and rich visual numbers. Ideal for summer play. For the whole family.

Haut Vol comédie. 2hres.pdf (667377)
Comédie en II actes. 2 hres. Onze personnages. 7 hommes et 4 femmes ou 8 hommes et 3 femmes.
Un riche industriel au bord de la faillite imagine un stratagème pour éviter le drame. Défilera dans son penthouse une série de personnages colorés qui essaieront de l'aider ou de lui nuire dans ses projets. Les numéros physiques et visuels sont très drôles. Comédie idéale pour un théâtre d'été. Pour toute la famille.


The Pink Pearl

Tony is a cat-loving vegetarian and has dreamed about opening a vegetarian restaurant for a long time. He finally agrees with owner Bert to rent his closed restaurant… and just in time too, because he's already invited Lisa Chan, the noted international food critic to inspect and dine in his new veggie restaurant in three days time with a view to winning the coveted 'Golden Tofu' plaque.
Victor arrives to help Tony get the place ready for its opening night and meets Sacha, the long-standing tenant in the flat above the restaurant. She is a lady of French descent who is vibrant and energetic, despite being in her 70s. She regales Victor with tales of her rural upbringing and how as children they were scared of the ‘bogeyman’ who made adults scream, but was nothing more than an osteopath who visited farms to re-set dislocated joints.
Lisa arrives two days early to inspect the restaurant, which is clearly nowhere near ready. Trying to instil confidence in her, Victor comes up with a minimalist ‘concept’ for the restaurant, and inspired by Sacha’s stories the place is transformed into a hunting lodge with stags heads and bizarre animal print drapes. Bert is pressed into service as a waiter and Victor persuades him to also act out the part of the mysterious bogeyman to add a bit of ‘local colour’.
Disaster looms when the meat balls that Sacha made from scraps for Tony’s cats are mistakenly given to Lisa as her main course. Assuming it to be a vegetarian meatball dish, Lisa decides she likes it! “What is it?” she asks. Tony and Victor splutter and cough until Victor, seeing the stags head on the wall confides that they’re ‘stagballs’ made solely from organic material that wild deers eat. Lisa buys into this and fame beckons for Tony and Victor, but only if they carry on serving meat to vegetarians. They decide though to recreate the dish using non-meat ingredients… but don't tell Lisa!
Time passes, and with their newly received Golden Tofu plaque, the restaurant becomes a huge success with the public and celebrities alike all clamouring for reservations, but what would happen if Lisa were to come back for another meal of stagballs?
3m 2f
Stagescripts Ltd represent Bruno for this play in the UK and Ireland. Scripts and rights can be sourced through us. here

Allen Lowe


Royalty Free Musical Play - Another Saturday Night

I have just had my musical play "Another Saturday Night" produced by a company in Winnemucca, Nevada, USA where it was very well received. It is also in the process of being performed at a University in Malawi. I am happy for any amateur society to perform the play with no fee being charged by me. PRS say that they would want 5% of the take at the Box Office as it uses songs already in the public domain such as the title song, "As Usual", "Rip it Up", "I Will", "Sand and Water", "The Wanderer" and 15 other popular songs.

It is mainly set in a Singles Bar in the present day with two minor scenes; one in a front room of a house and just outside set in the early sixties and one, again in a front room, set in the present day. By setting it in such a way it reduces costs for costumes and sets. Music can even be played "Karaoke" style, with just keyboard or with a band depending on the wishes of the company involved.

In the next few weeks I will have a copy of a DVD shot in Winnemucca, not a professional version but it will give some idea of how the play works.


Mike Atkinson

Free Script - Shangri-La

My name’s Mike Atkinson and I’ve just written a musical called, Shangri-La; it’s set in the present day, with the action taking place in an inner-London school.
There’s 17 characters and rather a lot of tuneful songs: I have very quickly come to realise that my writing the show was the easy bit - the hard part is getting it staged.
A friend in the business has advised me - as a first step to having a ‘package’ to present - is to get it produced by a really good Am-Dram Society and take benefit from the experience.Anyone with a genuine interest in knowing more - reading the script & hearing the songs - should contact me via Or: (020) 7691 6006 - weekdays (020) 8374 4974 - evenings/weekends


Jonathan North

I have just set up my new drama website, where I've posted details of some of my plays and sketches (including a 45-min drama centred on the Titanic -- very appropriate for a drama group in this centenary year) and random musings on theatrical themes.

If you're seeking something entertaining that hasn't been done to death on the am-dram circuit, please take a look.
Contact via


Grant Davis & Johnny Jarman

Pieces of After Eight - a musical comedy

Rehearsals for the debut of Pieces of After Eight start next year (2016), but meantime I would like to see it made available to amateur theatre as it was tailored to meet the ever-present spectre of a paucity of male leads and restricted production costs.
See my website which contains all details for a society to stage this production.
The basic plot centres around a hotel, run by an embittered man who has several pirates visit him whose families have been holed up on a remote Caribbean island for over 300 years. They come looking for buried treasure at the site of the hotel. The owner’s niece soon falls for the not-so-dashing captain, as he falls for her. A smuggler bringing cheap goods to the hotel for the owner is being close caught. A junior pirate has his sights on usurping the captain’s place and the owner and his wife are on the verge of divorce.
It is a one-set piece, again conceding to expense, and with backing tracks, requires no orchestra.
Anyone wishing to contact the writers to ask questions about staging this piece should contact Grant Davis or johnny Jarman using the contact page on the website or by email to myself or Johnny ( or

Andrew Ings

Andrew has extensive experience in theatre including acting , directing and reviewing

A Nipperkin Of Bunkum


A Nipperkin Of Bunkum by Andrew Ings

The series of short scripts are set in a variety of different situations.
In one play a talk show host meets his antithesis in the guise of art critic Hughe Perciman-Smythe, and in another an eighty five year old man is planning his stag night with his friends.

Throughout, satire can be found regarding the art world, Health and Safety regulations gone mad, the annoyance of calling directory enquiries, a cross dressing initiative at a rather forward-thinking office and many others.

In these days of Political Correctness, are you sick of not being able to say what you would really like to ?
Andrew has written a collection of comedy sketches and monolgues for performance that speak for many of us.
Based on some of his own experiences of life they are topical and some might say slightly outrageous saying what many of us are thinking but in a very funny way.

They are very simple to stage and have casts of just two or three.
If you believe in giving your audience a good laugh you will certainly enjoy staging these sketches and monologues.

In these days of Political Correctness, aren’t you sick of not being able to say what you would really like to ?
Andrew has written a collection of comedy sketches and monologues for performance that speak for many of us. This collection of short humorous scripts is set in a variety of different situations.
In one play a talk show host meets his antithesis in the guise of art critic Hughe Perciman-Smythe, and in another an eighty five year old man is planning his stag night with his friends.
Throughout, satire can be found regarding the art world, Health and Safety regulations gone mad, the annoyance of calling directory enquiries, a cross dressing initiative at a rather forward-thinking office and many others.
Based on some of his own experiences of life they are topical and some might think slightly outrageous but they say what many of us are thinking, but in a very funny way
They are very simple to stage and have casts of just two or three.
If you believe in giving your audience a good laugh you will certainly enjoy staging these sketches and monologues.
Andrew has extensive experience in theatre including acting , directing and reviewing


If you would like more info Contact:

From Page To Stage

Wanted - Layabouts, Ladies of Ill Repute, Drunks, Luvvies and Hams for a New Theatre Group.

A Nipperkin Of Bunkum by Andrew Ings

Raymond Hopkins

Raymond Hopkins lives in Oxfordshire . United Kingdom.

In 1998 he started writing farcical comedies and donating his royalties to Multiple Sclerosis Research.
His plays have been extremely successful in the U.K. with hundreds of productions and summer season runs. The plays are also very popular in Australia and Europe.
At the present time, nearly thirty thousand pounds has been raised for MS research.

Publisher: Hanbury Plays, Worcestershire

Looking For Love

Published 2012
M4 F5 - £7-50 - ISBN:- 9781852053292

After twenty-one years of marriage, James Beale walks out on his wife, Molly. She is devastated and after four months of being alone, she has reached rock bottom. Her best friend, Fiona, persuades her to try the “six-step miracle cure” for abandoned wives. The idea being, on completion, she will be guaranteed to get her life back together.
Molly agrees and finds that it works. Not only does her husband want to come back, but she has two other suitors vying for her affection. The twists and turns, the intrigues, the misunderstandings on her road to recovery, all add up to a hilarious evening’s entertainment.

Buy it at Amazon
Love Begins at Fifty: A Farce in Two Acts

Published: 1998 - M3 F6 - £ 7-50 - ISBN:- 1852052295

Matrimonial mix-up in the funniest farce we have ever published. Featured in the ‘Play Produced’ feature in Amateur Stage. Hundreds of performances to date.
Anita and Clive Debanks have been married for 28 years and have led an uneventful life. But all that is about to change. Although in a loveless marriage, Clive has never been unfaithful. However, as preparations for his fiftieth birthday are underway, Clive feels that life is passing him by and has a yearning for one last fling. To this end, he chooses three prospective partners from the ‘lonely Hearts’ column in the local paper. By a strange twist of fate, the same paper is offering a Caribbean cruise, as the first prize, in a competition to find the perfect married couple. Anita enters the competition but keeps it a secret form Clive. A photographer arrives to take pictures of the happy couple the night Anita is away, and Clive is busy at home, entertaining one of his new dates. From that point onwards, things get a little complicated, to say the least. The action is fast and furious in this hilarious farce.

Buy it at Amazon
The Love Nest: A Farcical Comedy

M3 F7 - £7-50 - ISBN:- H185205 258 9

Set in a seaside guest house where misfortune follows misfortune – but ’all’s well that ends well’. Or is it? David and Janet Thompson were deeply in love when they married thirty-two years ago. Their future seemed destined for marital bliss. That was until Janet’s mother, Marjorie, moved in with them. From that day onwards, things started to go downhill.
Their relationship has now reached an all-time low. In a last attempt to save the marriage, the couple have decided to return to the guest house where they spent their honeymoon. The idea being that they will rekindle the lost feelings of warmth and affection they used to share and live happily ever after. If only life was that simple!
The second honeymoon is doomed from the beginning. The guest house is going through a bad patch. Marjorie’s decided to come along and upset everyone. David is pursued by an over-zealous waitress, a frustrated newly-wed and an admirer from the past. The result being, the whole week turns into a farce! Will true love win through in the end? Only Tyson, the mouse, has the answer.

Love and Money: A Farcical Comedy in Two Acts

M4 F4 - £7-50 - ISBN:- 1852052686

A farcical comedy from the master of the art who’s previous plays have been a runaway success, being performed hundreds of times to full houses of delighted audiences.
What happens when the family have a robbery and try to claim the insurance payment? Not a subject for a farcical comedy? Don’t you believe it!
Derek and Pauline Felton have been married for twenty-seven years. Their only child, Amy, is a nineteen-year-old petite girl,whose main interests are boys and animal rights. Life has been passing by fairly smoothly for the Felton’s, that is until they return home one evening to find that their house has been burgled.
Derek, who has always had a materialistic outlook on life, decides that their new house insurance will yield a lucrative pay out. Pauline becomes increasingly unhappy about his subsequent course of actions. The ensuing friction is exacerbated when Amy’s latest boyfriend turns out to be the thief. Joyce Clements, their next door neighbour, has witnessed the robbery. She calls in daily to offer support, advice and unwelcome comments. To add to the mayhem, The Reverend Peter Jones, who has unexpectedly called round to invite Derek to read a lesson at a televised service, falls hopelessly in love with the Scenes of Crime Officer investigating the robbery. The hilarious confusion which follows has a surprising twist at the end. This means the Feltons’ lives will never be the same.
And all of this takes place in one simple set.

Love And Perfect Harmony

M4 F5 - £7-50 - ISBN:- H1852053062

This is the fifth play by Raymond Hopkins whose first play LOVE BEGINS AT FIFTY has been performed many times both in this country and, more recently, in Australia. On at least two occasions, it has been chosen for the summer season at seaside towns and has played to large audiences. His plays that followed IT MUST BE LOVE, THE LOVE NEST and LOVE AND MONEY have been great successes.

Make Time for Love: A Comedy in Two Acts

M2 F7 - £7-50 - ISBN:- 978185205 3208

A comedy in two acts. The sixth play by this highly popular playwright whose plays have topped our charts in the UK and Australia.
They say behind every successful man is a supportive woman, and Julie Hardisty is certainly that. Her husband, Brian, is a pillar of society and well respected in the local community. For her part, Julie enjoys the status their lifestyle brings.
However, all is not as it seems in this idyllic family. Brian feels trapped in their loveless marriage. He also resents the endless civic commitments he has taken on.
Completely out of character for this stable, upright citizen he decides to make a clean break from everything. He secretly starts planning to leave the marital home and travel around the world alone.
Unbeknown to Brian, a local television company has organized an award ceremony in recognition of his outstanding work in the community.
By a twist of fate, the presentation broadcast is due to go out live on the same day that Brian disappears to begin his travels. From that point onwards Julie’s life is destined to change for ever.

Love At Last

2010 - M 3 F 7 - £ 7.50 - ISBN :-9781852053291

Frank and Rose Saunders have been married for fifty-two years, and are now living in a small retirement complex along with five other residents. On the day a young female care assistant starts working at the apartments, a spate of robberies ensue. Frank Saunders takes it upon himself to prove that the new girl is the thief. However all is not what it seems. The twist and turns which follow add up to an hilarious evenings entertainment.

It Must Be Love

M6 F4 - £ 7-50 - ISBN:- 185205 257 0

Jason Taylor; a quiet unassuming person, is one week away from marrying Lucinda, his childhood sweetheart. The overzealous bride’s mother, Stella Parsons, has turned the wedding into a personal crusade. No expense has been spared and a year’s preparations have all come together to make it the event of the decade. Lucinda, who has always been dominated by her mother, has gone along with the lavish arrangements. As the wedding looms ever closer, everything is on track. That is, until Julie, a girl from the local florists, calls at the Taylors’ to make some final arrangements. By a twist of fate, Jason is at home alone. Their inevitable first meeting sparks off that magical chemistry which makes two people fall hopelessly in love. From that point on, the plot twists and turns in a frantic manner, making the wedding a far more memorable occasion than even Stella could have imagined.

Love and Mistletoe A Farcical Comedy in Two Acts

M2 F6 £7-50 ISBN:- 9781852053293

It is Christmas Eve. Sue and Tom Millard have invited Sue’s dad, Brian, round to spend the happy festive season with them. However, all is not as idyllic as it might at first appear. After twenty-five years of marriage the couple are going through a bad patch. Unbeknown to Brian, who is a widower, Sue has invited three ladies round with the intention of finding him a partner. To add to the mayhem, one of Sue’s school friends arrives asking if she can stay for a couple of days after the breakdown of her marriage. The twists and turns, the intrigues and misunderstandings all add up to a hilarious evening’s entertainment.

Tasmin Jahan

I am a local playwright based in Tonbridge, Kent.

I have written and published four plays-A Stinging Affair; The Root of All Evil; Stinging Filth and Bloody Hands and It's All About John and Marion(E-book). My plays range from tragedy, murder mystery, comedy to psychological thriller.
Please let me know if you would like to use any of my material for any of your forthcoming shows. As an example, some scenes from the 'The Root of All Evil' have been performed-Opening scene at Artemis Theatre in Bournemouth and Scene Seven at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. Scenes from A Stinging Affair have been used by students for their course work.
The plays are available to view on Amazon and many other sites.

Bev Clark

Plays by Beverley Clark:

New plays available now at
one-act festival plays, comedy dramas for both adults and youth groups
More being added each month please take a look

Online publishing house, New Flight Publications via in-house playwright writes original play scripts for professional & community theatre. performance licencing available brand new works for 2015

The Ghost Crib

The Ghost Crib

A spooky one act play script.

In The Ghost Crib, a family have kept a terrible secret for 18 years.
They fear their daughter may be possessed as she is haunted by the sound of a baby screaming.
A young stranger arrives with a scar and a story to tell… is all that it seems?
A ghostly apparation returns … has it come to claim or save someone?
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Bentley-Road to Justice

Large ensemble Docudrama by Bev Clark. Iris Bentleys story to clear her brother

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Murder mystery. #theatre of the absurd. by Bev Clark Small cast .

Who is mad ? Who is sane? What's in the box?

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Jessie's Tree

historical youth drama.

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Running out of Time

one-act comedy drama

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Remembrance Day

A drama for Remembrance.

Who inhabits the echoes and shadows? Award winning one act drama

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When The Dark Sea Cries

Historical drama by Bev Clark.

When the men set out in a tempest, 7 women wait on the shore. One-act poetic play

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Stealing Me

one-act #comedy by Bev Clark.

Petty thieves try their hand at identity fraud with hilarious results.

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Crazy is lost in Chaos Sanity seeks some space.

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Who are what are THE BLACK EYES?

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After the Dream

A modern sequel to Midsummer's Night Dream

when Ayckbourn meets shakespeare - comedy drama

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TWO HANDER ONE ACT. two women, two stories one friendship

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Make Me Invisible

A one-act play for young people. A physical theatre piece for a large ensemble dealing with the issues of isolation and bullying. Ideal for schools and youth theatres. Age 11-18 years. A powerful, poetic and thought-provoking short drama.

available now at Amazon

R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare

A One-Act comedy homage to Shakespeare in a stylistic piece of energetic clown theatre. It is William Shakepeare's last night but he is haunted by dreams, which soon turn into nightmares. His disgruntled servant has re-written the plays and it all becomes a comedy of errors. Winner of 7 awards at the All England Theatre and National Drama Festivals 2016. This is physical ensemble theatre for all ages, allowing performers to discover Shakespeare in a fun way. "Beautifully scripted, surreal, at times pythonesque, wonderfully entertaining." A sparkling new comedy-play with poignant, poetic moments which make an emotional connection to the audience. A spectacular effect can be achieved from simple but imaginative costumes and set. This would be ideal for amateur drama groups, community theatre companies, youth theatres and schools, helping them to develop physicality, characterisation and a love of the Shakespearean text.

available now at Amazon

Running Out of Time

We are all running out of time.
One family find themselves off the beaten track in a remote idyll in the West Country where it seems Time has stood still.
A strange legend, an egg timer and an old record hold a secret but why has the grandfather clock stopped?
They have all been on a journey – but to where?
Sometimes…to get where you’re going you just have to stand still.

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Clive Scarff

Vancouver Canada


You've Got Male (comedy)

First you have to picture the set: a man's apartment stage left, a table and chairs representing a coffee shop stage right, and a very large flat screen monitor hanging above.
Dave is trying his hand at online dating, and we can see everything he sees on his computer on the large screen above. Dave provides commentary as he circumnavigates the dating website "Date Club" and we join him on his dates as he meets five very eclectic women at the local coffee shop.
Will Dave find love online? Is Liz really a princess? Will Cathy let Dave get a word in? Why is Dave's mom on the same dating website? And is that woman from Nigeria really in the US Army?
You've Got Male is a highly "produceable" 2-Act play that features one male lead, and five zany female characters designed to be played by one talented comedic actress, or five separate ones. Suitable for professional, amateur, even fringe groups.
For more information and to request a reading of the script contact the playwright.

Christoper Kell

Plays for drama with comedy and humour. Ideal for amateur dramatic groups and societies entering drama festivals and competitions or presenting showcase productions.

- Winner of the Somerset Fellowship of Drama Playwriting Competition
- Winner of the South London Playwriting Competition
- Second in the Bognor Playwriting Competition
- Second in the Cornwall Drama Association Playwriting Competition
- Finalist in Somerset Fellowship of Drama Plays Festival
- Productions performed in the Somerset County Drama Festival, winning awards for best production and the Lydia Durston Trophy for Endeavour .
- Productions performed throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

One Act Plays - A Way to Manadalay - Going To Hell In A Handcart - A Life Worth Having - Identity Crisis - Innocent Eve - No Concessions - Careless Talk

Full length Plays
Baggage - Innocent Eve - All Sweetness & Light

Download or view reading copies from website


Titles by Christoper Kell


3 One Act Plays

Now available through Amazon as Kindle e-book or paperback:
Paperback £4.40
Kindle £0.99

This book contains three very different plays which have won writing commendations and have been performed successfully at drama festivals throughout the UK. One is contemporary, another set in the Great War and the third set in 1850s. Each brings charm, humour and, of course, drama to the stage.

Comments from independent adjudicators about Christopher Kell plays:
' … superior, well-crafted play penned with panache and humility, which builds to a stunning conclusion.... sure to make a riveting piece of theatre...'
' …the flow of dialogue is very impressive indeed …splendid characters… switch of time and character is one of its great strengths…an underlying pathetic quality behind the humour that I found most appealing…manifests itself effectively in the dénouement…'
'…beautifully drawn characters and splendid variation in emotional attack ….The pace of the dialogue is quite breathtaking….I'm sure there are many societies that would welcome the opportunity to tackle such a fine piece of dramatic work. '

Innocent Eve

This comedy drama is a three act full length stage play.

When Rowan comes into their lives, Eve and Gerald learn basic truths about their own materialistic lifestyle and their marriage (and home!) is taken apart brick by brick.
Comments from independent adjudicators about Christopher Kell plays: ' …a superior, well-crafted play penned with panache and humility, which builds to a stunning conclusion.... sure to make a riveting piece of theatre...'
' …the flow of dialogue is very impressive indeed…splendid characters… switch of time and character is one of its great strengths …an underlying pathetic quality behind the humour that I found most appealing… manifests itself effectively in the dénouement…'
'…beautifully drawn characters and splendid variation in emotional attack ….The pace of the dialogue is quite breathtaking….I'm sure there are many societies that would welcome the opportunity to tackle such a fine piece of dramatic work. '
Details of award-winning one act and full length plays written by the author are available at

All Sweetness and Light

This comedy drama is a two-act stage play with three female and three male characters.

Two middle-aged punk rockers find themselves out of their depth in the contemporary club-dance scene... A clash of generations... a clash of popular cultures.

'...We have 'real' people in these characters...fine dialogue...interesting differences in sentence structure and characterisations. '


This comedy drama is a two act full length stage play.

Viv and Wilf return from holiday to find their flat has been mistakenly emptied by council workers. How can they rebuild their lives when their valuables and memories have been discarded? Comments from independent adjudicators about Christopher Kell plays: ' …a superior, well-crafted play penned with panache and humility, which builds to a stunning conclusion.... sure to make a riveting piece of theatre...' ' …the flow of dialogue is very impressive indeed…splendid characters… switch of time and character is one of its great strengths…an underlying pathetic quality behind the humour that I found most appealing…manifests itself effectively in the dénouement…' '…beautifully drawn characters and splendid variation in emotional attack ….The pace of the dialogue is quite breathtaking….I'm sure there are many societies that would welcome the opportunity to tackle such a fine piece of dramatic work. ' Details of award-winning one act and full length plays written by the author are available at

A Way to Mandalay

As we approach the centenary of the First World War your group may be thinking about a suitable play with which to commemorate this.

May I suggest my 40 minute play 'A Way to Mandalay' which is set in a field hospital and described as ' …a superior, well-crafted play penned with panache and humility, which builds to a stunning conclusion ... a riveting piece of theatre.'
A young soldier struggles to regain his memory after being found shell-shocked and with no identification tag. The soldier, Horace, had been an actor and entertainer in the Music Halls and local theatres, and his identity is confused with many characters real and imaginary. This play mixes drama with music hall turns of the time.
It can be performed by an ensemble cast of ten or seven if some roles are doubled.
You can find more details on

Jim Lassiter

Allenstown, NH USA

The Tavern and The Storyteller

The Tavern and The Storyteller is a royalty-free tale about a tavern visited one night by the Storyteller.
He tells a story to the local fishermen about "A tavern just like this with fishermen just like you".
The fishermen and the Tavernkeepers become characters in the Storyteller's story about Lily, the daughter of the Tavernkeepers.
Lily is loved from afar by William, a poor boy who lives in the forest and she is lusted after by the Baron's evil son Caducias.
The story weaves in and out between the 'real' world of the tavern and the Storyteller's story, maybe even blurring the lines at times.
Is it just a tale or is there something more to the story?
Comedy, happiness, sadness, death, rabbit assassins, singing wall mounted stuffed fish, an arrow that looks a lot like a chicken.
There's also a tattered Fairy Godmother and her Golden Spatula and the far reaching magic of love...
2 Acts, 20 Scenes, 10 Songs (9 of the songs are meant to be played by a single acoustic guitar, the 10th (the Fairy Godmother Rap) is a pre-recorded piece meant to be played over a PA system)
10 Males (minimum, additional parts can be doubled, 13 w/out doubling - see PropsnChar page)
5 Females (minimum, additional parts can be doubled, 9 w/out doubling - see PropsnChar page)
There are no set changes (see below...)
Minimal costume changes (notably, Sarah's dress, Henchmen outfit/bunny costumes and Caducias' pants) 2.5 hours long (per the 2007 production videos)
The webpage has a read-only pdf script with authors notes, full production video and short clips, demo songs, lyric/chord sheets, production & set pics and as much info as I could stuff into it!
Michael Paling


I am a mostly amateur author of 18 novels and short stories, mostly twist in the tail type, I have 7 published works.

I am offering my comedy play "The Flower" for a limited number of performances free to an amateur group.

The play has 6 actors, Mary, her husband Richard, Evelyn his mother-in-law, June ( mary's friend) her husband Michael ( Richard's friend) and Rory, Junes grandson. The stage is 2/3 Mary's lounge and 1/3 their conservatory. mary likes her wine drinking mostly, all day every day, Richard is a budding gardener, or so he thinks and uses their conservatory as his indoor garden with lots of potted plants and flowers. He is a complete disaster . Evelyn is a little bit sarcastic in general, loves her knitting, Michael is thicker than two short planks and thinks Richard is fantastic at all he does both being friends since their school days, Rory in his late teens, bone idle, is unemployed and thinks that the world owes him a living. Richard buys a rare South American plant that is renowed for it being most difficult to get to blossom only 3 in the last century managing it, . But not for him, he is convinced that he will succeed where many others have failed.

The written play can be acquired from me via email.

The printed material which is copywrited will be posted to interested parties free of charge on application. First come first served will apply.


Titles by Robert Scott



Published Full Length Scripts, One Act Plays & Sketches by Robert Scott at affordable prices.
Publisher: Lazy Bee Scripts

'Robert Scott is an award winning playwright currently selling in 20 countries worldwide. His scripts vary from thriller to farce but always carry the gift of gripping an audience.' Jasmin Norris - Director.

A Spy With A View (Award Winning Comedy)

David and Vicky are on holiday, but the weather has trapped them in their hotel room.

The monotony is broken by the delivery of a mysterious briefcase, with a recording that self-destructs! Where's the real spy? AASCA Best Scene Award 2014.
Cast Size - 3 (2 Males, 1 Female)
Estimated 25 Minutes.

According To Rumour (Comedy) NEW!

Carter Sutton wakes on his sofa with no memory of the night before, a mysterious girl upstairs and fifty thousand pounds in the fridge.

There’s a lot of explaining to do but throw in his mother, sister, a policeman, a pair of identical twins (who happen to never be on stage at the same time) and the postman and you’ve got all the ingredients for mayhem, misunderstandings and a whole lot of confusion. But this is only the start. As tongues wag, exaggerations and overstatements make this a 24 hours that no-one will ever forget.
Cast Size – 8 (3 Males, 4 Females, 1 Non-Gender Specific)
Estimated 1 Hour 35 Minutes

All By Myself (Comedy)

"Larry the Loner" has been stranded for the past seven years on an island.

Destitute, alone and without a friend. However, in all these years he failed to discover the rather overcrowded civilisation just around the corner. If only he had looked a little further! Yet he is soon to discover that due to his annoying new neighbours this island was better when he was isolated.
Cast Size - 5 (1 Male, 4 Non Gender Specific)
Estimated 25 Minutes

The Act Of Living (Comedy/Drama)

Perfect for drama festivals.

Tom and Evelyn were born in the mid 1930’s and we follow their story through childhood to the present day

by witnessing snapshots of their lives, or at least the events that surround their special place. We discover Tom and Evelyn at the ages of eight and nine as they meet for the first time, unaware of how significant this first meeting is. Shaped by the ever changing world around them and their own personal challenges, we continue to travel with our two friends throughout their lives. Only glimpsing the moments shared at this ordinary park bench which has become such a special place for them.
Cast Size – 2 (1 male, 1 female)
Estimated 50 Minutes.

Some People (Comedy)

Things are busy enough at the Lucky Star Hotel, what with the lift being almost as unpredictable as the guests and staff,

but now there are two jewel thieves returning to claim the loot they buried years before... under the kitchen floor!
Cast Size – 16 (6 Males, 10 Females - although some genders changeable)
Estimated 1 Hour 40 Minutes.

12hr Life (Light Drama)

A One-act drama for a cast of two and minimalist setting.

Dylan should be going to a conference, but a chance encounter with Samantha and some forthright discussion, and he's playing truant and having the time of his life. Is it possible to live a life in one day?
Cast Size - 2 (1 Male, 1 Female)
Estimated 35 Minutes.

Scarlett (A Ghostly Thriller)

A devastating bus accident on a rainy night leaves a small group of survivors stranded in an abandoned barn with little hope of immediate rescue.

As the group waits for help, unnerving knocking sounds and chilling songs echo through the empty barn, causing the survivors to wonder if they are victims of a cruel prankster or something beyond the earthly realm.
Cast Size – 6 (2 males, 2 females, 1 non-gender specific and "The Ghost")
Estimated 1 Hour and 15 minutes.

A Charming Affair (Award Winning Sketch)

Snow White and Cinderella meet for the first time in years and talk about their husbands, but soon notice a startling similarity.

It's no fairy tale, but things get worse when Sleeping Beauty pops in to tell them about her new man... Short+Sweet Festival . Judges choice winner 2014
Cast Size – 4 (1 Male, 3 Females)
Estimated 8 Minutes.

The Angry Doctor (Sketch)

An anxious patient meets a doctor whose bedside manner is, to say the least, unusual.

Cast Size – 2 (Non Gender Specific)
Estimated 4 Minutes.

A Fairy Trial (Sketch)

We are all entitled to a fair trial. Nursery rhyme characters get a fairy trial.

In this case, Wee Willy Winkie is in the dock for indecency and causing a public nuisance. His future looks bleak, but things look up when a prosecution witness goes to pieces. Without Humpty, is there a case against Wee Willie? Can the prosecution or defence sway the jury - played by the audience?
Cast Size – 5 (2 Males, 3 Non-Gender Specfic)
Estimated 8 Minutes.

Deja Deja Vu (Sketch)

You know the feeling you get that something has happened before? Well Derek's had that feeling before - and for good reason.

You know the feeling you get that something has happened before? Well Derek's had that feeling before - and for good reason.
Cast Size – 2 (1 Male, 1 Female)
Estimated 4 Minutes.

Rene Batetakang

New Play Script Available

Rene Batetakang is seeking an organisation to perform a new screen play.
A sysnopsis and the first 15 scenes of the drama/screenplay are available here: - Synopsis
Chapters 1-3

Script and details of licence costs are available from Rene via


Titles by Kat Ravlic

Location: Chelmsford, UK

My Child

Publisher: Off The Wall Plays

My Child

A short drama script that deals with both the anguish of being a woman who is unable to have her own child, as well as the emotional turmoil surrounding a teenage girl when she finds out that she is pregnant.
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Thicker Than Water

Publisher: JD Drama Publishing

Thicker Than Water

Rose didn't know how to react when her son told her that he was gay, and in her lack of understanding she neglected him when he needed her the most. Now, three years later, she wants to make amends. Can Jeff forgive his mother's past mistakes and let her back into his life?
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Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

Contact David Pibworth phone: 01234 241357 or

The scripts of Galton and Simpson are now available for amateur theatre companies.

These include ‘Steptoe and Son’ Hancock’s Half Hour’ and the stage adaptation of Up Pompeii (By Miles Tredinnick).
The original episodes of Steptoe and Son and the Hancock scripts have been specifically adapted to the stage by Ray Galton, Alan Simpson and David Pibworth.
They also advise as to where to locate the stage props such as the bear and the skeleton and advertise your production on their web site.

Alan Simpson, David Pibworth, Tessa Le Bars and Ray Galton.

John Collins

Free Play For Children
‘Mr & Mrs Poorfamily’

John Collins is seeking groups to perform his play.
You can stage the play for free.
For your free script

About the Author: Playwright. winner of the Steyning Festival 2009, with my play 'BARABBUS'. The judge was SIR ARNOLD WESKER.

Titles by Doc Watson
Doc Watson
Photo: Bath and North east Somerset Council


These deliciously mischievous short plays have a 21st century twist in their Nursery Rhyme tales.
From the boldly satirical "The Happily Never After Case" to the darkly comic "Stepped In A Puddle",
plays in this collection have been seen around the world, winning prizes and accolades as they go.
Simply staged with only a few sticks of furniture, they can be performed in any order.
And with small casts, they lend themselves to doubling and trebling.
(‘simple, effective and sharp as a razor’ -

Doc Watson


Winner of the first Cornish One Act Play Festival, November 2012. Winner of the Segora One Act play Competition 2015 .
Performed at Arundel Theatre Trail August 2015.

Michael Simkin, writer, actor and adjudicator wrote: “Terrific structure and the interplay between them all, each offering their own compelling version of the truth, was perfectly carried off.”
Gordon Sims, adjudicator of Segora One Act competition called WHAT’S THE TIME, VIRGINIA WOOLF? : ‘An excellent piece of craziness, surreal and great fun.’
George and Martha are living on a campus in the Mid-West somewhere and seem to have the ideal lifestyle, that is until Alice comes to call. Then they all have a take on what happened that afternoon. But who is telling the truth? A simple setting with three armchairs (one should swivel) a drinks table and a few props. A three actor (2f,1m) comedy with more than an acknowledgement to Edward Albee in the plot and text.

Doc Watson


Runner up in the Cornish One Act Play Competition, December 2013. Winner of best submitted play for the Arundel Theatre Trail organised by Drip Action Theatre Company,August 2014.
Rehearsed reading performed at the Lion and The Unicorn Pub, Kentish Town, April 2014 by KDC Theatre Co. and then as part of a double bill by KDC in June 2014 at the Rosemary Branch pub in Islington. Performed at Arundel Theatre Trail 2014


Nostalgia - The Musical

(a rock & roll-er coaster of a show)

We are offering the script of NOSTALGIA - THE MUSICAL - FREE to a good home: From teenage pregnancy ..
Shirley looks a picture in the family way
Walking down the aisle fully bloomed
.. to headlining at Glastonbury
The present passed, the future could wait
Behind the times was up-to-date
NOSTALGIA – THE MUSICAL (Working Title) is a snapshot story of a young man’s realisation of his father’s dream …..
And the fortune that is buried there
Will be mine to mine
From the rock-and-roll Teds …..
Slick back your hair; give your D.A a wipe
….. to the anarchic Punks
Our wisdom’s lost its wit
In the profanities we spit
The F-word’s had its day

NOSTALGIA, follows 25 years of musical trends and fashions. From the post-rationing excesses …..
And we’re topping the bill at the end of the pier
With the shipwrecked acts who get washed up here
….. to the reality of Live Aidv
But with no miracle to be bought
… that was food enough for thought
The story is told against a backdrop of the numerous economic …..

The Teds shook off the post-war blacks
Youth and fashion rocked the news
….. social
The Hippies made the spirits high
The Skinheads spat their battle cry
….. and political changes faced in that quarter of the 20th century
The lights went out, the mood turned black
But Glam Rock brought the glitter back
But most of all, it’s about the music …..
What passes by, comes back around
It’s hard for youth to break new ground
And everything’s a pick-and-mix
Old boots filled for teenage kicks
The Skins and Glams both shed their skin,
Cross-dressed, so Punk could pogo in
Some looked to the Mods washed up before
And a New Wave broke onto the shore
The love-child of the Glams and Teds
Brought New Romantics from their beds
[excerpts from NOSTALGIA -THE MUSICAL, words & tunes by Andy Calloway & Mark Gibbons]
For more details and the link to some sample tunes, please contact:

Julian Pugsley

Script available free via

Mr. Slater’s Parrot - New Comedy/Farce available

Julian Pugsley is looking for a group to perform his new comedy farce ’Mr. Slater’s Parrot’. 6m 4f
Four sociology students share a house in 1970. Three of them share a passion for sex, drugs and rock n roll. Colin thinks of himself as a ladykiller, April grows strange looking plants in her bedroom and Jimmy wants to be Jimi Hendrix. Deborah, however, quite likes sociology. Mr Slater is their grumpy landlord whose talking parrot holds a secret that puts him in danger. But from whom? The hip-flask swigging Welshman Doctor Thomas or the sultry and mysterious Miss Thigh? Will the party that the students throw represent the hippy ideals of free love or will something more sinister occur? An ex-parrot perhaps?
roles: 4 female; 6 male
Running time: approx 75 mins

Alan Provost

Available to any amateur theatre companies free of use

20 Women at a Table for Two

I am a playwright who wants to get in touch with women's acting groups and offer them a play of mine, free of use. The play is 20 Women at a Table for Two and it is ideal for up to 20 women to perform or fewer playing many roles, or even two brilliantly versatile actresses. It's fun, it should be an audience pleaser and it costs you nothing.

Contact me for a reading copy

Tom O'Brien


Here are details of all my plays, which are available to drama groups. Any of them can be e-mailed on request to groups by contacting me at

I am a native of Co Waterford, but currently live in Hastings UK

My website is (production details)


MONEY FROM AMERICA – The Tabard, Pentameters, Old Red Lion
JOHNJO – Kings Head, The Old Red Lion, Buxton, Touring.
BEHAN’S WOMEN – Pentameters theatre London
ON RAGLAN ROAD – Old Red Lion – New York – Irish Tour.
OF MICE AND MEN (adaption)
DOWN BOTTLE ALLEY-White Rock, Hastings, Irish Centre, Camden (published by Circaidy Gregory Press 2010)
KAVANAGH - Irish Tour, Winnipeg
I’LL TELL ME MA… Irish Club, London, Pentameters, London
FALLING FROM GRACE ( the life/times of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues)
KATHY KIRBY – ICON (Etcetera Theatre, Camden, The White Bear, Kennington
NO BLACKS, NO DOGS, NO POLES Pentameters London
GILMARTIN - the greed and corruption at the heart of Irish politics


Simon Corble

simon corble
The Byways, Church Street, Monyash, Derbyshire DE45 1JH
01629 813083 - 07930 266218 (mobile)

The Hounds of the Baskervilles

My script of The Hounds of the Baskervilles is now published by MX publishing and available on Amazon. I attach a photo from a professional production.

After four professional productions (1995 - 2007) my play of The Hound of the Baskervilles is finally available in print and for general performance, courtesy of MX Publishing.

MX Publishing - Sherlock Holmes Books - Hound of The Baskervilles: The Play
MX Publishing

Also avaiable from: Amazon Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)
It is performable with a minimum of 10 actors, (inc.3 or 4 women) in almost any kind of space (it was originally scripted for promenade performance, but this edition includes notes on staging for a conventional theatre) and is huge fun, while also providing moments of genuine suspense.

BBC Radio 4's Kaleidoscope reviewing it in 1995 said it was "better than being in a film...It was tremendous...the language seems to live and be real.... a wonderful balance between the dramatic and the humour and the eccentricity...a terrific evening"
- Brian Sibley and Viv Gardner.

It has been a BIG hit and crowd-pleaser over the years and I would now like to see the play more widely performed, both indoors and out.

If you are interested, please go to either to MX or Amazon using the link at the bottom of this email, read further reviews there, order a copy and then contact myself with a view to performance rights. (Contact details at bottom of this email.)

Simon Corble. - You might also like to see photo's of the play on it's facebook page:-

Alan Cliff
Available to any amateur theatre companies free of rights and royalties


A new self-published, full-length play is now available to any amateur theatre companies free of rights and royalties.
The play, with a cast of four (2M, 2F) follows the relationships, experiences and pressures of three workhouse inmates and a contentious new arrival – a nurse – during mid-nineteenth century Ireland.

Let your audiences witness the extreme poverty and harrowing circumstances these inmates were challenged by as they try and harness one objective: survival. Enthrall them as friendships are developed and destroyed, pacts are created and regretted and God becomes the final aspiration of the damned. These characters travel on a gruelling journey which includes elements of oppression, cruelty, blackmail, fever and love. When they discover that their last remaining hope has turned their back on them, will any of them find salvation?

With the help of Waterford City Arts Office SALVATION became playwright Alan Cliff’s first self-published play.
Any groups interested can contact for more details. Some paperback copies are still available!

William John Adger PMA
Phone 01337 810213
Cell - 07818 498891
Address; Bagira, The Row, Letham, Fife KY15 7RS

The play is a sequel to The Crucible.

The script is FREE for use if e-mailed to the receiver by W.Adger, though the copy right is retained by W.Adger. If a hard copy is required a charge of £8 + postage is required to cover my costs.

Nurse's Retribution

Set in the 1690s, Frances Nurse prepares an appeal on behave of his wife Rebecca Nurse who was wrongly convicted of witchery and publicly hanged by Judge Hawthorn, influenced by the Deputy Governor Danforth, both known more for hanging than providing justice.
The appeal papers are collected from Frances Nurse and delivered to the court by two young clerks, Blythe Danforth, the grandson of Deputy Governor Danforth, who sits in judgement, and a witness, Osmond Trueman. Unknown to Frances Nurse his two older sons, working on the edge of legality, devise a devilish plan to expose the unjust judiciary, and the Reverend Hale, whose self preservation rides where the wind suits, by adorning a blood dripping sheep skin to pose as the devil. After delivering the papers young Blythe and Osmond accidently witness the judiciary talking with what they believe to be the devil before he disappears in a flash of light. Frightened by what they have witnessed they take to their heels straight to Frances Nurse’s farmhouse a few miles from town. Not waiting for an invitation to enter they burst into the living room where Frances, Adger Risng, his solicitor, the two younger sons, Nathan and Breca Nurse, were discussing the appeal. Shocked by the uninvited intrusion Breca and Nanthan restrain the intruders. Shaking in the brother’s grasp they shout out the sight they witnessed.
On hearing the boy’s story Agder Rising, a well respected solicitor and friend of the Governor Gourlie, has never lost a case, recognises how this can work in the appeals favour, offers to take the boys to the Governor. As they leave the mother of Blythe enters worried to why her son has not returned home after delivering Nurse’s appeal. Frances tried to reassure her both Blythe and Osmond, had already left and are in good hands and health. The words not long passed his lips when Goody Trueman, the mother of the young Osmond, entered screaming at the top of her voice demanding to know the whereabouts of her son. At Goody Trueman’s request following not far behind is the Marshall Herrick, to ascertain the whereabouts of the boys. Frances continually refuses to divulge the boy’s whereabouts leaving Marshall Herrick no choice but to arrests him for kidnapping, at great protest from Breca and Nathan.
In the courtroom Frances, to the annoyance of Judge Hawthorn, refuses to answer to the case until his solicitor arrives. It was only at the end of the courts patience Adger Risng arrives with the Governor Gourlie, who dismisses the court and puts Judge Hawthorn, Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend Hale, and Cheever, the court recorder, on trial. Adger Rising calls witnesses from Rebecca Nurse’s trial who testify that Deputy Governor Danforth and fellow accused held dread over them should there testimonies not lean towards Rebecca’s guilt. Governor Gourlie threatened the defendants with removal from court if there continual interruptions did not cease. Finally found guilty and sentenced to the gallows. Frances Nurse, a man of God, had no stomach for more public hanging, intervened suggesting a sentence of banishment, without nourishment or weapons of defence, to a place where devil worship and witchery are a way of life, and let them either convert the people to the Good Book, or join inhabitants in the ways of the Devil. Only time will tell if they truly repent or have indeed adopted the ways they have been today found guilty of.

Marilyn Grose (Mrs)
Encore The Show Business (formerly Loopy Looks)

Contact Marilyn 07960 125947
21a Brunel Road, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6LF
07715 557757

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Anything Can Happen
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Roger Wood



The play is a comedy/farce entitled DARRA`S COFFIN. The running time is approx 94 mins. The story is set in an Undertaker`s workshop and revolves around the firms three main employees in the workshop, Gladwyn, Tom and Terry. When the boss of the firm, Darra Driscoll is tragically killed after he is run over by one of his own hearses, the three men wonder what will happen to them after Darra`s flirty, money-grasping wife, Winnie takes over the firm. When they find out her shocking plans things take a drastic turn which leaves the three men petrified for their future.
Number of cast members: 8 (6m - 2f)
The play was recently performed `down under` to an `enthusiastic` audience. Unfortunately one of the lead players had to drop out at the last minute because of sheep shearing duties! We`ve all got to start somewhere...
The play can be seen at

Titles by Derek Webb

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You and Me Both

1-act comedy

You and Me Both

Gareth and Daisy have been invited to stay for free in a holiday cottage – a renovated barn – by the affluent owners, David and Fleur, who live next door. The trouble is Daisy knows David all too well: she used to be his wife, until he had an affair with Fleur. Now they are expected round for dinner and Daisy is beginning to worry what her ex-husband might let slip. While next door, in David and Fleur's house, they have just received some very worrying news from an unexpected quarter. And so the stage is set for an hilarious comedy of personal relationships.
You and Me Both is the latest 1-act comedy from Derek Webb, author of the very popular 'Calling Time' and the full length comedy 'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders'.
'You and Me Both' is published by

'Calling Time'

1-act comedy - running time approx 45 mins

'Calling Time' - the most flexible 1-Act play - ideal for festivals

1-act play worthy of Ayckbourn
As a 1-Act play, 'Calling Time' by Derek Webb offers any company great versatility. Not only does it have variable casting (from 2M,2F to 12M, 12F) but it can vary in length from around 30 minutes to an hour. So it's ideal for festivals as well as a one-act evening.
Set in a pub, Calling Time is made up of five linked short plays that take place the same evening. They are all two-handers varying from straight comedies to more thought-provoking ones, together with a short intro and outro scene. And, by dropping one or more scenes, the running time can be easily reduced if necessary.
"Worthy of comparison with Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions"
That's what the review of Calling Time in Amateur Stage magazine said. And press reviews of past productions have been equally effusive.
"A series of perfectly pitched dark-light comedies... this was quality from start to finish... a great show." Salisbury Journal
'Calling Time' is published by New Theatre Publications. For a FREE evaluation script, available as pdf download, click here: One Act Plays

'Needle Time'

1-act comedy - running time approx 45 mins
The play is mainly a two hander between a radio station disc jockey and a wannabe young woman who is working at the station. Rob Peters is content to describe himself as an ageing hippy. He is happy with his lot working for a small local radio station, having spent a lifetime spinning discs. It's another day, another show, when a new recruit to the station, Suzie Hughes, turns up, eager to promote her brother's new record. He?s more concerned in scoring points and showing off, but is anything he says actually true? Characters: Rob Peters: A disc jockey - early to mid fifties, warm but cynical; Suzie Hughes: Young, mid twenties, smart young woman who wants to work in radio. There is also a small part for a Night Manager, (m or f) and a number of pre-recorded parts of a Station announcer, station ident and two radio commercials.
'Needle Time' is published by New Theatre Publications. For a FREE evaluation script, available as pdf download, click here: One Act Plays

'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders'

'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders'

A brand new, murderously funny full length comedy!
Cast: 4m 6f (or 3m 7f) Running time: 1h 45 mins

Agatha Crusty is a crime novelist. She's also pretty adept at solving crimes. And when her sister-in-law Alice invites her to spend a few days with her in the village of Chortelby, it's not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders which seem directed at members of the All Saints Village Hall committee.
From Toby, the Vicar, and Eleanor, Chair of the committee, to Harry Knott the caretaker and identical twins Olivia and Oliver Truscott-Pratt, there are plenty of suspects. And with an investigating officer as incompetent as D.I. Twigg, there are plenty of laughs as the murders begin to pile up.
But, while packed full of wit and very funny scenes, this is also a genuine murder mystery with an ingenious plot which will tax the little grey cells of the audience at the same time.
"Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders" is published by New Theatre Publications and a FREE evaluation script is available as a pdf download. To find out more, click here: Full Length Plays
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'The Chimes'

The second of Charles Dickens' famous 'Christmas stories', set on New Year's Eve
In a new adaptation by Derek Webb

(70 mins approx running time - 4m 1f (with doubling) or 8m 3f)
'The Chimes' is the second of Charles Dickens' Christmas books, published in 1844, a year after 'A Christmas Carol'. And, like its predecessor, it has wonderfully funny and memorable Dickens' characters.
Set on New Year's Eve, it is the story of humble Toby Veck, ticket porter, who spends his life running errands for other people, while trying to support his daughter Meg.
Toby seems to be one of society's victims, proceeding inevitably towards death with little hope of self-determination. But, on New Year's Eve, his outlook is converted from despair to hope by the spirits of the chimes.
In this new adaptation of the classic Dickens' tale, Toby learns the importance of love and hope in a most extraordinary way.
The play has been written with minimal set requirements, much being achieved through light and sound, making it suitable for a wide variety of venues. It is also offers flexible casting, able to be performed by a small cast of 4m 1f (with doubling) or 8m 3f.
'The Chimes' is published by New Theatre Publications and a FREE evaluation script is available as a pdf download. To find out more, click here: One Act Plays
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'Losing It'

1-act comedy - running time approx 45 mins
Jack is an actor who's lost for words. Now he's also lost his leading lady – and the way things are going, he's also losing the plot and he feels he might be on the verge of losing his mind too. Things start off well enough until it's clear that Jack's other actor has not turned up. His attempt to keep the play going soon gets too much for one member of the audience, who begins remonstrating with him then gets sucked into appearing in the play herself... Characters: Jack: a very earnest young actor; Woman: a self-assured woman
"Fluellen Theatre Company's new Lunchtime Theatre season got off to a flying start with this nicely observed two-handed comedy from the pen of Derek Webb" South Wales Evening Post
'Losing It' is published by New Theatre Publications. For a FREE evaluation script, available as pdf download, click here: One Act Plays
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'Roy Brown: Untitled'

1-act comedy

The new satirical comedy from Derek Webb

Roy Brown is a man always on the lookout for an easy way to make a living. And modern art looks just the ticket... Seeing how much money there is to be made, and seeing how easy it looks to him, Roy reckons turning out a few pieces himself will be rather a doddle. Needless to say, encouraged by his friend Jane (and ably hindered by his mate Rhys) things don't quite go to plan.
'The word “comedy” isn'’t good enough for it, so true and accurate are its perceptions of the art world and its emperor'’s clothes.' Robat Gruffudd
Length: one act. Cast: 2m 2f:
CORDELIA LANSBURY – 30 -50 Art gallery owner and performance artist
ROY BROWN – Carpenter, opportunist and wishful thinker
JANE – Roy's friend who's just a mate but we detect she might desire something more
RHYS – a drinking mate of Roy's and a useful sounding board for his ideas
'Roy Brown: Untitled' is published by New Theatre Publications. For a FREE evaluation script, available as pdf download, click here: One Act Plays
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Dirty Business

(2F 1M - 50 mins festival version)
Cuts are on their way big time at the local County Council as it struggles to find ways to meet Government spending targets. Josie and Angela are cleaning the office of one of the Council's Department Heads one evening when they come across a file which seems to show that their jobs are on the line too.
They also discover some incriminating evidence which seems to show the same Department Head is guilty of marital infidelity. Armed with this, they set out to try and persuade him to change his mind about some of the planned cuts. But not everything goes quite according to plan...
"Derek Webb consistently produces funny and highly accessible comedies, and Dirty Business is perfect for a one act festival." Amateur Stage Magazine review
'Dirty Business' is published by New Theatre Publications.
A downloadable evaluation script is available at no cost. Click here to find out more
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Paul Surridge

Royalty free scripts available
One act/three act - Comedy/drama scripts available for royalty free performances.

For more information
About the Author: Paul Surridge
Like most people subscribing to this site I'm passionate about theatre, especially the work of amateur theatre groups that embellish people's lives and play an important part in community life. I very much enjoy working with individuals to expose their acting talent and as a result contribute to successful group productions. Over the years I've acted in a wide range of roles in both dramatic and musical productions. Today, I concentrate on directing and playwriting offering my services on a voluntary basis.

Laura Park

'Her Will be Done'
Free Comedy Script

Laura Park is looking for a group to perform her new comedy
Script available free via

A black comedy about a mother who continues to dominate her two daughters even after death.
roles:4 female; 2 male
Running time: approx 90 mins

Titles by Jane Hilliard


Monologue available
Sponge Cake & Leopard Skin

The synopsis: a downtrodden housewife who finds strength (in a bizarre way) through unexpected events that change her life.

A short piece 15 minutes I think.
A simple set...bare stage with a side table and chair...bottle of Sherry and a glass on table.

The Boobytrap

published by
Jasper Publishing

A 3 act comedy for 3 males 5 females...age ranges mid thirties to sixties. This play has been performed by the West Moors Drama Society Dorset


New Comedy available
Thank You Mr. Dickens!

published by
Jasper Publishing

A Christmas Comedy.


A full length comedy in two acts
The Finish Line

written by P A J Rudelhoff and Jane Hilliard
published by
Lazy Bee Scripts Sir Humphrey Parmington and his sister Lady Gwendoline, the eccentric owners of Woodley Manor are happily living in unsuspecting bliss as their Stately Home & lives crumble around them! Will they end up in the family crypt, surely the ultimate ‘Finish Line’?
Luckily they have Maisie their faithful Cook, Kitchen Maid and Housekeeper to keep them in line.
The Kitchen & Maisie are both equally the centre of ‘House & family’.
When Sir Humphreys’ younger sister Hester and her art dealer friend Sebastian arrive at the house after a twenty year absence Maisie suspects there is an ulterior motive for their visit, she is not proved wrong!
Next to arrive at the crumbling Manor for their four yearly reunion with Sir Humphrey are his ‘Olympian’ chums. A group of ‘mixed & mixed up’ people ready to follow the Olympics and a week of eating, drinking & making merry! {As they have done since 1972 when they first met and formed a group calling themselves ‘The Finish Line}
One is a cross-dressing fugitive on the run from the Police, another, a Russian shot putter with a taste for steroids, and a Gymnast with a taste for men!
Add to this mayhem a cook who is rarely sober and a Sanitary Inspector who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and the plot becomes as addled as poor Sir Humphreys mind!
With secrets and surprises revealed…
Will they ever find the Finish Line?

Theatre Of War

A one act play
1914, the outbreak of ‘The Great War’

The inhabitants of a sleepy English village struggle to come to terms with the changes in their lives now that the able bodied men have left to defend their country. Those that are left behind continue with steely determination to keep the village as it was for their loved ones return.
Sadly, the futility of war touches them all.
It's an easy play to produce, one set,20/25 minutes long approx.
Although I wrote it specifically for West Moors the name of the village could be changed to fit any country setting.

Play Safe

A comedy

This play is ideal for any group that has (like us) more senior members than youngsters although two teenage boys will be needed.
Our two boys came from the local school where they are studying drama as part of their GCSE's and they really did well!

The play has only one set, not a lot of props or special effects needed and it is in 2 acts with 2 scenes per act.
If anyone is interested in reading ACT 1 SCENE1 as a sample of the script I would be more than happy to send it (via email.) script available from should anyone be interested.
6M 5F
Running time 1hr 45mins approx

Ex game show host Lance Kennedy and his wife run ‘Fairlawn’ a small rest home for retired show biz folk. A slightly eccentric group of people still trying to relive their days of fame on the small screen Florrie Fortuna was once the presenter of a wild life show and Mavis Fulbright played a nurse in a hospital drama, together they cause mayhem at the home as they search for escaped animals and injured bodies. Miriam Maplethorpe solved crimes and knitted in true Agatha Christie style! Peter Legrand was a vicar in a soap opera but prefers to remember his days as a Shakespearean actor and never misses an opportunity to quote,’ Dear Willy' Poor old ex- stand-up comedian Charlie Chuckles! No one seems to get his jokes and now he’s just a grumpy old man who enjoys causing mischief. Carina the hired help does her best to keep to keep them all in order and Matron runs the home with a rod of iron but their patience is seriously challenged with the arrival of ‘The Bentley Boys’. Two teenage ‘mini-crooks’ sent to the rest home to work out their community service. It is soon apparent that ‘The Boys’ have an ulterior motive for being at the home, they are looking for something and they are not the only ones! Who will find it first? Chaos and mayhem run riot in this world of ‘Dotty’ entertainers and small time crooks!

Alan LeBoeuf

Script available free via
There will be no royalties for the first two groups in the UK to perform this play

New Comedy/Farce available
Not a Leg to Stand On

Alan LeBoeuf is looking for two groups in the UK to perform his new farce 'Not a Leg to Stand On'. 4f 4m.

Len Pivnik thinks he’s a pretty upstanding guy but when an insurance investigator comes to visit he has to be anything but up standing. You see, the insurance company thinks he’s confined to a wheelchair. When Gladys Hurt, the investigator arrives, Len, literally, has to think on his feet and he explains that he is, in fact, his best friend Rajinder. Of course, it’s a mistake anyone could make. Rajinder is East Indian and Len is Jewish. Rajinder emerges from the bathroom to find out he has changed not only his religion but his race. When a second investigator arrives, life becomes very complicated for all concerned.

'The play is very funny' in a few years this could become a staple of British farce - Louis Hobson Calgary Sun Theatre Critic 2009
Running time: approx 105 mins

About the Author: Alan has been involved in all aspects of amateur theatre for 30 years. He is the author of five plays and despite living in Canada still retains a very English sense of humor, if not spelling.

Matt Maisey Pantos

If you are looking for new pantomime scripts, with lots of laughs, traditional stories and characters, but with a fresh approach, then you are in the right place!

All the Pantomime scripts you will find here are full of what you want in a pantomime. Best loved characters, well known storylines and a healthy mix of old and new jokes. There is slapstick, callouts and most of all a general sense of fun.
The scripts are ready for you to use as they are, but sometimes the best laughs come from what you add!
Matthew has been performing on stage since school age. At some point he started writing and directing things too! Having been in many pantomimes both as a child and adult he knew that being stupid on stage was a passion and wanted to help others do the same. Recently he has played Billy the Butler in 'Sleeping Beauty,' (in what was voted NODA's best Pantomime for the South West) Sergeant Feng in 'Aladdin' (which he also directed) and Silas Slime in 'Puss in Boots'. So he's done the Good the Bad and probably the Ugly.

Alan Richardson


Alan Richardson was born and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife, Karen.

He caught the "amdram" bug back in 1969, serving his theatrical apprenticeship with local group Edinburgh People's Theatre.

He moved on to become a founder member of Edinburgh Youth Theatre, and worked with several other groups. Since 1978, he has mostly worked with the Mercators, one of Edinburgh's oldest drama groups. During his forty plus years in amateur theatre, he has acted in over seventy plays, directed nearly forty, and been actively involved in at least another thirty. He has also been a film extra, has appeared four times in the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and works as stage director at local and regional drama festivals. His most recent project was filming at Edinburgh's 18th century Georgian House.
Since his first play was written in 1973, he has won eight playwriting competitions including the Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy for the best original play entered in the British One Act Festival. His One Act plays have won numerous trophies at Drama Festivals including many best actor/actress awards.
Alan's plays have received over 835 performances, mainly in the UK, including six Edinburgh Festival Fringe Productions, but also in Ireland, Holland, France, Spain, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar and South Africa.
See One Act Plays, Scottish Plays and Dramatised Readings on the website.
He has also collaborated with another writer and close friend, Alistair Ferguson, on many Pantomime scripts. For details, please contact AA Pantos via the website.

Claire Booker or

Claire Booker has written twenty stage dramas, which have received more than fifty separate productions by professional and amateur theatre from as far afield as the UK, Australia, Spain, Romania and France. Her work includes one act and full length comedies, hard-hitting dramas and adaptations of the classics. A number have been translated into Spanish and French. She has also had plays broadcast on Radio Four and local radio stations.
Recognition of her work includes winning The Douglas Clarke Award; coming first in The Leicestershire Playwriting Competition twice; third place in The Wandsworth All London Literary Competition twice; runner-up in The Southampton International Playwriting Festival; being nominated for a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain MacAllan Award; being short-listed for The Arts Council of Great Britain’s John Whiting Award, being short-listed for the Drama Association of Wales Playwriting Competition, and being nominated three times for The George Taylor Award.

She has designed and run creative writing workshops and adjudicated play writing competitions for a number of organisations, including The Greyshott & Hindhead Literary Festival, Nottingham and Notts Drama Association and The South London Theatre.
Her commissions have included a one act play for The Festival Fringe Theatre Company; an abridgement of Prophesy to the Wind by Norman Nicholson for The South London Theatre; a full length drama for The Bunbury Theatre Company; a devised piece for Mind’s Eye Theatre, and three short television plays for The Mountview Theatre School.

Reviews of her plays include:
"Finely written. Astutely observed characters." The Independent.
"A fully-rounded drama by highly-regarded writer, Claire Booker." The Guardian.
"Compelling. One of the highlights of the Fringe," The Sunday Times.
"Cleverly constructed, with strong characters," The Stage.
"Compulsive watching." The Scotsman.
"Superb material. That rare gem, a genuinely funny feminist play." Amateur Stage.
"A tightly written and engrossing new play, recommended." Time Out.
if anyone would like to read excerpts of my one act or full length plays with a view to production, do check them out on my website.

Click on the link to see the full review

The Devil and Stepashka

A very gripping and haunting production

Little Red Hoodie
Part of a set of three plays entitled 'Retold' with new feminist angles on fairy tales. It's actually my first all-woman play. Quite dark, quite striking.

Both plays produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co.


Ken Marshall

Playwright from Northumberland




The play revolves around the Guest Tutor Charlie Cluff an X Council Bricklayer. His Partner Marlene is Rumoured to have wrote the book he is credited with. Clifford has arranged a tea with some very odd food & Champagne much to the Disgust of Peggy. Charles & Marlene are involved in clearing a blocked drain and subsequently are delayed. Mayhem runs throughout. With laughs a plenty.

Please get in touch if interested

Song and Dance Kidz

I would like to introduce myself and my fledgling company. I have created a musical production company which is dedicated to providing MORE ROLES FOR GIRLS.

We are based in Sussex with myself (Brighton) scripting, Mike Gatton (Steyning) writing the songs and the brilliantly talented West End Musical Director Dominic Ferris (Shoreham) arranging and recording the music.
We have created all the resources - professionally recorded backing tracks, technical scripts, artwork and licences - for two amazing musicals which are now available to produce.
So if you, or a youth theatre group you know, are looking for an original musical as an alternative to the 'done to death' musicals which everyone does, then please check out our website where you can listen to the songs and download the scripts for FREE!
Our shows have been specifically written to provide meaty FEMALE ROLES to reflect the take-up of most youth theatre groups.
Break away from the crowd, give your girls decent parts to play and support local talent.

Jonathan Rice
T: 01903 765018

Shakespeare Right Now!

Read Shakespeare’s plays as novels
for free!

All of the speeches, without the annoyances

Today, addition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona completed the set of 37 “novelized” plays of William Shakespeare, each including his characters’ complete dialogue, offered free as downloadable documents and e-book files at the website Shakespeare Right Now! (
All of the standard canon’s titles are now available, free for personal use: as documents—Microsoft Word (.doc), portable document (.pdf), and rich-text (.rtf); in Web browsers’ hypertext markup language (.html); and in the e-book formats EPUB, MOBI, LRF and PDB. The files use no DRM (digital rights management) scheme, and no registration is required to download them or to read on line.

For each play a footnote-free narrative conveys, as in a modern novel, what the reader needs to know in order to understand the action, and makes clear where scenes are taking place, who is speaking, and what’s happening in the dramatic context.
Actors and directors, students and teachers, especially, will enjoy being able to read a full presentation of Shakespeare without the interruptions that mar experts’ editions, with their divided lines and scholarly apparatus—annotations more about obscure detail than meaning.
Each “novel” includes the play’s full speeches, from the long-standard 1864 Globe edition, “modernized a bit for today’s reader,” according to Paul W. Collins, who wrote the framing presentations. Italics and updated punctuation help to clarify the dialogue, which is displayed as prose rather than lines of poetry; and a few words whose meanings have changed since Shakespeare’s day are replaced by others he could have chosen—for example, visor is used instead of beaver, which was an Elizabethan/Jacobean term for that part of armor’s helmet.
“As the director, in effect, for his plays at the Globe just outside London, Shakespeare apparently had little interest in the dramas’ printed ‘text,’ but he would have cared very much how actors performed them on stage,” Collins said. “I think he’d approve of clearing away interruptions that interfere with our full, intense involvement.”
Launched in 2010, offers files at no charge for the plays All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, King Richard II, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Winter’s Tale.
Contact: Paul Collins,

Ron Nicol

Plays by Ron Nicol:

37 tried, tested and published plays and pantomimes - 14 One Act Dramas & Comedies, 9 One Act Plays for Young Performers, 4 Full Length Plays and 10 Pantomimes. Most of the one act plays are suitable for festivals, five have won writing prizes, and various productions have collected a total of forty-nine festival awards between them. For details and a brief synopsis of each play, please see my website. View my tried, tested and published scripts at my website

Jan Harris



Publisher Samuel French Ltd
£5.25 ISBN 978 0 573 120558

If you're looking for a One Act or Festival Entry This play has done very well in One Act Festival around the UK. 2 strong female lead roles. 1 Male

Frances, a spinster in her fifties, has been living alone since her mother died, now she is eagerly anticipating the arrival of her idol, Ezzlie Harlow, an ex-singing star who has fallen on hard times and to whom she has offered a home. Ezzlies agent has led her to believe that she is moving to a mansion and when she arrives Ezzlie is horrified to find herself in a terraced house, in a little village, miles from anywhere. She makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that she has no intention of staying. Frances is shocked at Ezzlie’s attitude to her and her home, especially when she realises that Ezzlie feels that life has treated here badly, and that the last place she wants to be is living with a frumpy middle-aged woman in a house with no whiskey and no ice! However, from this bad beginning the women move on to form a mutually beneficial relationship, and they find that life still has plenty to offer them. Ezzlie introduces Frances to a world of glamour, and with new found organisational skills, Frances helps Ezzlie realise a life-long dream.
An enjoyable play to read, and I would think, even more enjoyable to perform. It moves along at a good pace, the women’s characters are well drawn, there is plenty of humour but also some pathos, A good festival play.
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He’s Behind You

The comedy love story is available ROYALTY FREE either as a full length or one act version.

A six handed play (3m / 3 fm) with minimal props required.
Starting life as "Heaven's Above" this comedy love story was reprised at Hull Truck Theatre in August 2012, to great reviews.
Taster version on or for full script contact

Reviews so far:
"We loved the fact that the script is really modern with lots of up-to-date references. It is quite different from anything we've produced before, not least because it is so modern".
"Have read over your full script, and I've got to say its very very funny"
"I have just had an enjoyable post play Sunday afternoon reading your play. Must say I loved it"
"We were delighted with the play. We also liked the conversational style and short scenes that'll keep the audience on their toes".


Free Pantomime

Continuing our work to improve the lot of AMDRAM groups we are making available the new 2012 version of Aladdin written by Martin Gore to interested groups.
Martin Gore said 'I’m delighted that Peter Till who commissioned the Aladdin script has agreed that it can be made available FREE to other groups outside of the local Staffordshire area. I have tried to make the script topical, and it includes suggested songs which link to the plot, with some reworded to add to the fun. I see panto not just as panto, but as a complete musical show'.

Interested groups should email for further details, or for details of Martin’s other works go to


The Road to Cromer Pier

Royalty Free
After two years of work, and seven rewrites, the production version of the end of the pier show play is now available, royalty free for the first six groups to perform it.
Fresh from a successful debut at Hull Truck Theatre’s Playwrite Showcase, East Yorkshire based writer Martin Gore said “I would thank everyone who has given me feedback on the previous versions, and to Hull Truck Theatre for giving new writers their opportunity to get their work performed. The Road to Cromer Pier play which has developed is a heartwarming human love story with comic moments. I look forward to working with groups to get it performed”. A musical version is planned for next year, and several musical collaborators have already come forward to assist.

A taster of the Play, along with details of Martin’s work in Pantomimes can be found on his website or contact Martin on


Titles by William Rocke

Neatly bound copies of all my plays (the 3 one-acts in one vol.) may be purchased from me at:
Rocphil Publishing (2007),
3 Hazelwood Drive,
Artane, Dublin 5,
Rep. of Ireland
(Tel: 01-8475593) email:
Price:€7 (£5stg) per copy, postage incl

Try Anything - Twice!
Dublin 01 8475593

A 2-hr. saucy comedy about Josephine, vivacious 40-something year-old housewife married to boring hubby Michael, who wins a Glam. Gran. Contest. Her prize - a week on the town with womanising tv star Clive Cartwright. Chaos at home as hubby meets sexy Paula and seeks to prove he still has it - with hilarious results. Staged wth success in Ireland, U.K., America , Belgium.
Sitting room set. Cast 3m., 4f. £60 per perf.
Publisher: Rocphil Publishing, 3 Hazelwood Drive, Artane, Dublin 5, Ireland.


(2-act comedy)
Dublin 01 8475593
Cast 4m, 2f. One set.
Widower and Public Relations exec. Gerard Morley has it all...a luxury apartmen, a studious son Jonathan not interested in the female sex, a discreet manservant Herbert, and Father Joe, his brother who is a long term missionary saving sould in Africa - far enough away not to interfere with Gerard's nightly adventurew with a succession of lovely young ladies...
But Gerard's world is turned upside doen when he gets a phone call from Fr. (Vican) Joe, saying having saved enough should he is now returning home to quit religious life and join the 'swinging scene!
All this just as man-hungry Matilda Picard is storming into Gerard's apartment eager to know what he was up to last night with her lovely daughtr Jacinta... When Matilda meets handsome Fr. Joe things begin to happen - and Gerard and Herbert have to take drastic action. It makes for a laughter-filled evening!

Dublin 01 8475593
(comedy/drama) Cast 4m, 4f.
Sex, scandal and high comedy when multi-millionaire businessman P.J. Dexter and his boozy wife Tara host a dinner party for his three executives and their wives/girlfriend.
P.J has an big job in his Tamaval Corporation to fill in America, but before he makes his choice he has several games to play - involving his former secretary, Tom's wife Teresa....
(Staged with success in Ireland, the U.K., and translated into Flemish for a producton in Antwerp)

(One-Act Plays)
Dublin 01 8475593
SUMMER BELLES (comedy, all-female cast (7)
Chaos ensues among family and neighbours when Josephine returns home from winning a Glamorous Grandmother Contest.

NEIGHBOURS (comedy/drama, all-female cast (6)
Ladies' group meet to celebrate their good neighbours award....then a stranger arrives.)

YOU CAN'T LOSE THEM ALL (comedy/drama; cast 2m, 1f)
Patricia is not the only one in for a surprise when she bids to replace long-time boyfriend Gerry with Stephen...)

Fee Per Performance One Act Plays:: (£25stg-----€30

Jimmy Keary

Jimmy Keary Irish Playwright


Michael Hartley

01539 722873

Mossop's Choice:

By accident I discovered that the famous play (and later a film) “Hobson’s Choice” by Harold Brighouse had originally been written as a novel. The play ends when Maggie and Willie Mossop take over Henry Hobson’s (Maggie’s father) shoe business. At the end of the novel Maggie and Willie have a son called Henry. This is my attempt at a sequel.

Titles by Philip Ayckbourn

Philip Ayckbourn

OEDIPUS the musical.

Music by Colin Ash.
Book and lyrics by Philip Oak (Ayckbourn).

Ideally for a cast of 20+ (including principals and chorus.)
Running time 2hrs 30mins approx. (including interval.)

New musical completed 2015.

Adapted (and reimagined) by Philip Ayckbourn from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Three strong love stories and plenty of black comedy run through this tale of the King of Thebes who brought tragedy to his home town and ultimately to himself.
Not shying away from the epic nature of this tale, this is a musical, that will not only entertain but will also resonate across borders. It’s a story that highlights the accountability of our leaders and shows how we are connected in society. The actions of those in power affects us all on some level.

The eight songs on our demo give a taste of the variety offered. They have been arranged to give an idea of how they could sound with a fuller accompaniment, although we are aware that most productions wouldn’t have the resources for this. Printed piano and vocal scores are available as well as lyrics and script on request.

A great project to take on for a community based theatre with a few strong principal singers. Be the company to stage the exciting world premiere of OEDIPUS the musical.

To hear demo songs:



Philip Ayckbourn

A new comedy by Philip Ayckbourn.

M 2 (or 3) F 3
Genre: comedy
Length: approx. 2hrs with interval
The play takes place in the present, thirty years in the past and thirty years in the future.
Middle Aged Eddie and Paula arrive at their timeshare property to discuss their future. Eddie’s infidelity with an escort has not only caused deeper, wider cracks to show in their already fissured marriage, but it has also led to the severing of all communication with their aspiring MP son, Rick.
After the sound of an electrical buzzing and a distant cry, the action jumps back thirty years in the past. Young Eddie and Paula arrive at the property for the first time. Eddie is keen to propose and the holiday seems like the perfect opportunity to do so. Paula however is less sure about a future spent with the homely and unambitious Eddie.
After further electrical interferences, (due to an unfortunate electrocution that continues to cause a local anomaly in the time space continuum) and further oscillation between present and past time periods, Paula and Eddie finally come face to face with themselves.
After the initial shock and confusion, older Paula sees this meeting as an opportunity to alter the course of her past – and present – by persuading younger Paula and Eddie to go their separate ways. A whole new life, including a new book of memories, could be hers to enjoy. Perhaps a life spent with her real, true un-pursued love: David Potts.
However, will Paula manage to persuade Eddie to go along with her plan? And if so, will they manage to break through young Paula and Eddie’s denial of the situation? And if so, might they just be in danger of repeating the same mistakes they made the first time round? Perhaps themselves thirty years in their future can point the way.
Philip Ayckbourn’s lively new comedy explores the desires, dilemmas and difficulties involved when attempting to embark upon the road not taken.
To have its first performance with Alexandra Players 1st – 4th June 2016.
To obtain a free script and to discuss and arrange a production please contact Philip Ayckbourn at
Please visit website for details about author and other available scripts for performance.


Philip Ayckbourn

A comedy by Philip Ayckbourn.

M 2 (or 3) F 3
Genre: comedy
Length: approx. 2hrs with interval

A mother and her daughter; a father and his son find themselves on neighbouring hotel terraces in Marrakech. The ‘holiday in the sun’ soon threatens to be clouded by the usual family tensions. Middle-aged Martin, a divorcee and perpetual skirt-chaser, is an embarrassment to his angry, young artist son, Tom. Meanwhile, on the adjacent terrace, the hedonistic Diana, a fellow divorcee and amateur thespian, equally infuriates her diffident daughter, Gemma. Encountering a local street trader, Diana receives a gift of a powerful love potion and decides to put it to the test. Initially she considers using the potion to help her daughter, but can’t resist the temptation of getting attentions for herself. A few drops added to Tom’s water bottle has the young man instantly besotted. The unlikely new couple venture out to explore the souks, leaving Martin to try his sweet-talk on the unfortunate Gemma. While choking on a peanut, it’s Gemma’s turn to imbibe some of the spiked water, which has her falling unreservedly for Martin. Act One culminates with the two being discovered in passionate embrace, much to the horror of the returning Diana… and Tom.
Act Two finds Diana in a quandary. Obtaining an antidote, she intends to remedy things, but again falls victim to her own desires. Complications ensue, fuelled by misplaced affections. Is the love that Tom declares for Gemma genuine? Will Martin get over his newfound self-obsession? And can Diana act beyond her own self-interests in order to rectify the situation?
The play is a lively comedy-farce that takes a wry look at the madness of infatuation and what remains when passions have run their course.
A CD of incidental music especially composed for this play is available and having been used during the premiere production, is recommended for use at future productions by the author.
Reviews: and
To find out how to obtain a free script and to discuss and arrange a production please contact Philip Ayckbourn at

Please visit website for details about author and other available scripts for performance.

Daniel Bell
Daniel Bell 07411435554
KD Theatre Productions Contact

Mother Goose:

This pantomime follows the traditional Mother Goose story. It has a contemporary, modern edge while still retaining the original plot and characters with a few extra pieces of slapstick and ideas. Outstanding is the Rocking Food To Go Van.
Mother Goose is poor and ugly, and wishes to become rich and beautiful. The nasty Squire Moneybags is after her to pay the rent, along with his two batty bailiffs Ben and Jerry. Fairy Snowdrop fulfils her first wish by giving her Priscilla, the Magic Goose which lays golden eggs. The Demon of Discontent fulfils the second, by offering her beauty in return for her soul and the Magic Goose. The situation is resolved in true panto style with the help of her two sons Tom and Billy, and Toms sweetheart Mary.

Jack and the Beanstalk:
A new version of the classic tale featuring Jack Trott, his mother Dame Trott, their cow Daisy, Giant Blunderbore, and the Giant's evil henchman Fleshcreep.
Dame Trott and her sons Jack and Steve are threatened with eviction if they don't pay the rent. Meanwhile Jack has fallen in love with Princess Jill. The land is terrorised by Giant Blunderbore and his henchman Fleshcreep. When the Princess is kidnapped by Fleshcreep, Jack is given the chance of climbing the beanstalk to Cloudland, defeating the Giant and rescuing the Princess.

I also write under my own managment and have scripts for: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood if these are okay for adding to the list.

Vic Mills

Vic Mills Playwright


Mandy Raikes-May

Panto - Little Bo Peep - Word Count - 16924 including songs and some stage directions - (Duration approx 2.5 hours) - Characters - 8 Main , 9 subsidiary and numerous minor chorus parts - which can be doubled up on
See 'Reviews' section for a NODA report on the Pantomime.


Simon Nunan


If you are an amateur drama society fed up with searching for a decent pantomime script for the winter then I have an offer for you.
My dad has been writing scripts for our local society for the last four years and he has never done anything with them.
They have generated record breaking tickets sales down in Rottingdean for the last three years in a row and are all jam packed full of jokes, tongue twisters and songs perfect for any society who wants a great show.
They were written for amateurs and so have loads of parts, large and small for everyone who wants to join in. Below is a large large extract from Jack and the Beanstalk for you to read and a list of characters to see if it suits you and your group. While the plot of our pantos does not vary much from the traditional, a few twists and turns have been added to keep things interesting.
The panto's are:
Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington and an original story called Leonardo de Panto which is a story set in renaissance Italy full of original ideas.
The price is £250 and a proportion of the money raised will go to our local charity, the Chestnut Tree Hospice in Sussex.
Mostly, I just want to see my Dad's hard work performed as it seems such a waste for these great scripts to sit in a drawer, especially after they went down so well here.
Please contact me if you are interested or want to discuss anything.


Arthur Disbury

Arthur's new play 'The Truth about Islam is the New Hate Speech'.


Joan Shirley Plays

When next looking for a comedy or farce for your group, please spare a moment to look at for details of her record breaking comedy/drama the Tart and the Vicars Wife and her family farce Murder Most Funny
You can email me for a free reading copy


Bill Siviter
Bill Siviter

Rhyming Play and Musical Scripts

Rhyming Play and Musical Scripts for schools and children's Drama Groups based on the works of William Shakespeare.
Comedies "Kids in Tights", based on Romeo and Juliet. "The Scottish Play", based on Macbeth. "Kids in Lurve", based on The Taming of the Shrew.
An excellent introduction to Shakespeare for schools and Drama Groups.

Publisher: Lazy Bee Scripts

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