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Alekhine's Greatest Defeat by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. Chorus. The characters include Ramanujan Varadachary, an old Indian story-teller - a sutradhari, as he is called in Indian drama tradition and his younger self in the 1920s. The (non-speaking) chorus comprises student chess players in 1920s Paris.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Split-stage set, simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame One in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Varadachary, the story teller, relates how he witnessed Russian Grand Master Alexander Alekhine fall in love whilst losing a chess match in Paris to a beautiful student.
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Apple Strudel, Chess and Ethics by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Five in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Albert Einstein challenges J. Robert Oppenheimer to a chess match, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar looking on, as they discuss physics and ethics in the lead-up to the Manhattan Project.
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As The Clock Struck Ten by Tony Frier
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 11. Minimum total without doubling = 12. No chorus. Opportunity for different actors to portray the different ages of each character. Script length can be cut to 52 minutes for the purpose of drama festival entry, by cutting Scene 5.
Run TimeAround 58 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicIntermission music suggestions. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleA powerful drama based on a true story. Various settings and time periods.
SynopsisA dramatisation of the true story of Donnie Merrett, who at the age of 17, shot his mother after she found out he had been forging cheques in her name. On release from prison in 1945, he joined the Royal Navy Reserve in Germany before returning to a life of crime and debauchery, eventually fleeing before he can be court martialled. Returning to London to the old folks home run by his wife and mother-in-law, he demands money to continue funding his habits.
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A Brief History Of The United States by Andrew Yates
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 45. Chorus. Slick changes would be required if only minimum cast available.
Run TimeAround 54 minutes. [Estimated!] Dependent on using all music suggested
MusicSong suggestions are provided with the Producer's copy of the script. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleAn assembly presentation play with eight songs.
SynopsisA fast moving dramatisation of the rise of the USA, from the early days of discovery and colonisation through industrialisation and two World Wars up to the present day.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** A 'backing track CD' with arrangements of songs from the show
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A Good Man by Megan Ott
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 4. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 27 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act drama, set in 1930s New England, with various settings.
SynopsisKatherine and her husband Robert are apprehensive about the forthcoming visit of Katherine's sister Margaret, who has a psychological problem which may cause difficulties for them. Tension rises inexorably - as their worst fears are met.
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A History of the Olympics - Readers' Theatre by Sue Russell
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 6. Minimum total without doubling = 36. No chorus. Six plays with six characters in each.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA set of six mini-plays (with run times around 10 minutes) designed for 'readers theatre' (i.e. use for small group reading), though they could also be performed as plays. No set requirements. Producer's Copy includes a quiz for each play.
SynopsisOlympic history, comparing the ancient games to the modern olympics and studying the development of the modern Olympic games through references to events, sportsmen and controversies.
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Just Like Us by Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 13. Minimum Female roles = 13. Minimum total with doubling = 27. Minimum total without doubling = 29. No chorus. The characters are children plus two teachers (who could be offstage voices) and a voice on the radio
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleLarge cast play about children in World War 2 (covering areas of the English National Curriculum Key Stage 2 topic on WW2). Simple sets, simple props. Includes robust language which some may find inappropriate.
SynopsisConflict between a group of London evacuees and the children whose school they join.
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More Sinned Against Than Sinning by Liz Dobson
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act drama set in 1936.
SynopsisThe condemned murderess Marianne spends her last hours before execution reliving the events leading up to her conviction with her conscience, which takes the form of the three characters Anger, Fear, and Joy.
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The Rector of Stiffkey by Graham Jones
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 4. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleEssentially, this is a courtroom drama set in the afterlife, with the audience cast as the jury! Minimal set and props.
SynopsisHarold Davidson has arrived in Limbo, and a lot depends on the nest few minutes - how he accounts for the extraordinary events of his life until his death by mauling will determine where he goes from here. Was he really immoral, or a modern-day saint treated badly by the church?
This is the true story of Harold Davidson known in the 1930s as 'The Rector of Stiffkey'. His unfrocking by the Church of England was a cause celebre but he attained even greater notoriety by later preaching in a lion's den at a circus.
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A Servant Plays for High Stakes by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Four in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. British Chess Champion Sultan Khan recreates his 1932 defeat of Frederick Yates as an allegory for Gandhi's non-violent resistance to British colonial occupation of India.
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