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Five Americans, Three Murders and a Poisoning by Robert Bloomfield Players/Rebecca Preen
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 15. Minimum total with doubling = 20. Minimum total without doubling = 31. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 125 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA ripping comedy whodunnit with fast paced dialogue and changes of scene very cleverly keeping the audience on its toes. Written for a youth theatre performance but would be equally suitable for an adult cast.
SynopsisSet in the splendour of Grantham Manor, England, 1926, a Murder Mystery unravels. Lady Grantham and her children, Jeremy and Miranda are awoken to discover that Lord Grantham, husband and father respectively, has been murdered - his Brandy glass laced with poison. One of the country's most promising young Inspectors is brought in to investigate along with England's first female Professor of Forensic Pathology. Together they must discover who perpetrated the death of this prominent local dignitary before anyone else falls prey to a roaming killer.
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The Ghosts of Halfway House by Richard James
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 70 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA halloween play (or a play for whenever else you want a ghost story). Single set. Contains very mild swearing.
SynopsisSimon and Daphne are looking around an old house, with Simon's mother in tow. They aren't convinced it's the right place for them, and Mr Godley the estate agent is unusual. They're in for quite an evening before they find out more than they expected about the house and it's history.
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The Haunted Cabin by Matthew Lynch
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 13. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA tense ghost story in two acts and a single set.
SynopsisWhen Emily, Joe and Danny stumble across the isolated cabin on Shantler's Peak all is not as it seems. Strange noises and sinister apparitions plague the stranded inhabitants, who desperately seek a rational explanation. Will they survive the storm until help arrives, or just become the new eternal residents of the haunted cabin?
A sinister play with a twist that will fool your audience right to the end - one of the characters is a ghost and cannot be seen or heard by any of the others. He appears to be speaking to them, when in fact he is not.
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The Killings at Snowball's Drift by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus. A (male) newsreader appears in the opening prologue. Could be doubled with the Police Inspector or could be done as a voice over.
Run TimeAround 100 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleTwo-act murder mystery set in 1948. Single interior set (with the stage split into two or three rooms). Simple props.
SynopsisSnowball's Drift is the home of Sir Gerald Mooncast, head of the Mooncast publishing empire. Authors are gathering at the house for the announcement of the annual Mooncast literary prize. In addition to the artistic tensions, there's skulduggery within the publishing house, romantic rivalries for the affections of Sir Gerald and a family feud involving his estranged sons. The stage is set for murder!
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The Long Road by Stuart Ardern
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus. Characters cover a range of ages from young adults to retired.
Run TimeAround 100 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleSet in Germany in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, and in the present day, with rapid changes implying minimal sets, but some large props (hospital bed) and some pyro effects.
SynopsisFor Alan, the memories of hospitalisation after World War II are more real than his current stay in hospital, to the distress of his family, but his flashbacks eventually explain the loss of his closest friendship. The play uses the unravelling of the mystery of a broken friendship to explore the nature of memory and its impact on behaviour.
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The Mayhem on Smuggler's Pier by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 19. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleMurder mystery set within a cabaret show and therefore interspersed with cabaret acts. Simple sets.
SynopsisThe Pettigrew Players have assembled for their annual summer show on Smuggler's Pier, but just as they begin their rehearsals, maverick financier Cornelius Van De Vellt announces that he has bought the pier and is closing them down. With all the players depending on the success of the show, there are plenty of suspects when Van De Vellt is found murdered. Will Inspector Bacchus solve the case (or will he just sit back and enjoy the cabaret)?
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Merely Players by Damian Trasler
Performance by Debenhem Players won the Adjudicator's Award at the 2015 Woodbridge Drama Festival.
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus. Each of the actors plays two contrasting roles.
Run TimeAround 85 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length play, morphing from light back-stage romantic comedy into a murder mystery and back again. Single set, most of which is put in place during the course of the play.
SynopsisThis is great fun. Starting with a bare stage, under the guise of tidying the theatre's store of props and costumes, the characters accidentally build the set of a drawing-room murder mystery, and Phyllis's daydream of being the Lady of the Manor suddenly comes to life as a period drama, until the spell is broken, leaving Phyllis with new insights into her life.
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Mind Over Manor by Loretta Willoughby
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 10. No chorus. The characters are all adults. They are written as 3M, 7F, but one of the male characters could be switched to female with the change of a couple of lines.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleModern comedy play. Single set (reception room of large, old US house), simple props. Three acts.
SynopsisJasmine and Chester arrive at Summer Meadows, a large out-of-town mansion, looking for the owner. What they meet is a collection of people who are, at the very least, eccentric. When Jasmine starts to question them fiercely, the residents start to question her motives - then Jasmine goes missing...
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The Murder of Arthur Bennington by Matthew Lynch
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length murder mystery play. Country house setting. Stage divided into one central section and two raised wings. Two simple sets for the main section, static wings.
SynopsisArthur Bennington, a vile and detestable man is murdered one stormy night. Detective Inspector Perry, with his rather peculiar methods, must solve the case. Why is Elle the maid always so nervous? Did Percy the gardener really see Reginald returning home at 7:00am? Is George really as stupid as he makes out? What's Ronald Shifty got to do with it all and who can make sense of their old Auntie Agnes? Can Perry answer all these before the killer strikes again?
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Murder! Mystery! - and Suspenders? by Karen Doling
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus. All characters are adults. Variety of ages.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleComic take on the classic whodunnit. Single box set with practical door and French window.
SynopsisThere's a body in the library - apparently strangled with a suspender belt (unless you're American, in which case he was strangled with a garter belt) - a mystery to be solved and lots of people acting suspiciously. All the ingredients of the classic whodunnit, including the pipe-smoking amateur detective - though in this case, she might well be one of the suspects!
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