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Frank Gibbons
Scene from Get Staffed
Working in the Following Genres:
Stage Shows for Schools and Youth Theatre
One-Act Plays
Sketches, Skits or Very Short Plays
Collections of Scripts
 

Frank took up writing as a hobby in 1997, starting with short stories. Two were broadcast on radio stations in the north-west of England, and one published in the Manchester Evening News in 1998. A visit to see a play in Shaw, Lancashire, then rekindled a long-lost interest in theatre, and he subsequently joined a drama group in Oldham. This gave him some experience of set-building, lighting and stage management. In 2000 he joined playwriting groups in Oldham (The Coliseum) and Leigh (Scriptshop) and began to write comedy sketches. `I can still remember one of my earliest attempts, ` says Frank. `It was called Bit of a Gossip and it is still going strong today.` This particular sketch was almost certainly inspired by Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough in their roles as Cissie and Ada, Frank reveals. `I am still an avid admirer of Les and use the name Dawson in much of my work as a tribute to the great man.`

When Frank later joined Droylsden Little Theatre as a backstage helper, he eventually plucked up the courage to offer some of his sketches for use in a forthcoming variety show. His offer was taken up and, over the years, many of his sketches were performed there. His first one-act play, Bully Dancers, was written with the society's youth group in mind, and this led ultimately to a week-long run of his full-length play, Sparklers, a production which picked up the GMDA Adventure in Theatre award in 2009.

Although he devotes most of his efforts to comedy, Frank has also been drawn to serious subjects such as the Holocaust, bullying and teenage leukaemia.

Since joining Lazy Bee Scripts in 2008, some of his work has been introduced into twenty countries or more.
Scene from A Train Ride Away
Scene from award-winning A Train Ride Away
 
Stage Shows for Schools and Youth Theatre
Adolf's GirlsDance StoryA Train Ride Away
Bully DancersGet to Dance 
 
One-Act Plays
Baby SparklersGet StaffedTinkling on the Piano
Bat Out Of HeavenIn the Mood 
Bill and Ben the Twilight MenThe Joy of Socks 
 
Sketches, Skits or Very Short Plays
Ageing DisgracefullyDebbie and Claire's Men of the WorldLucky Break
Another Day, Another GossipDemonsThe Marrying Kind
Art and TreasuresDigging DeepMisdemeanours
AssignationDipsticksMusical Genius
At Your ServiceDream JobNo Tongs
The Bag LadiesThe Driving TestOn Offer
Beach BuddiesFinal CurtainOur Last Respects
Below The BeltFragrant FriendA Pair of Old Gossips
Bit of a GossipFreshly LaidPeople Could Die
Bubonic ButterGarden GossipPodgy Roger the Dodgy Lodger
Catching UpGeraldine's Fine ArtPointless Exercise
Chair of Truth - Lance BoyleGetting OnRags Or Riches?
Chair of Truth - Sir Neville GrevilleGoing DownThe Sandwich Shop
Chair of Truth - Tabitha TrittHe and SheSay it with a Sausage
Charlie's Last LapHissed OffSome People Like To Gossip
Class ActIntervalStreet Talk
Clerical TerrorsKeep Taking The TabletsStudent Of The Year
CravingKitty had her MomentsTalk in the Park
Debbie and Claire Find a Working SolutionThe Little Magic ManThe Trophy
Debbie and Claire Go Round in CirclesA Little TotThe Ups and Downs of Father Jack
 
Collections of Scripts
Everybody's TalkingLaughter Lines 
Girls' TalkLife Goes On 
 

 
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