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Hunting Death by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 8. Chorus. The narrator's role could be split amongst several actors. There are opening and closing choruses which could be performed by the ensemble or by additional actors/singers.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!] (The estimated run time assumes the music; without music it could be performed in 12 minutes.)
MusicThe music is designed to run continuously, so there is one 25-minute score. (It is divided into sections for rehearsal purposes.)
StyleA short musical play, retelling the Pardoner's Tale from the Canterbury Tales. (Could also be performed as a verse play without the music.)
SynopsisThis drama recounts the story of three young men who bestir themselves from their wine-sodden lives to hunt and kill Death, but instead fall victim to him through greed and treachery.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** CD with full backing track (25 minutes) and full sung demo for Hunting Death by Nicholas Richards.
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Impisi by Clive Essame
RolesMinimum Male roles = 0. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 2. Minimum total without doubling = 22. No chorus. 10 speaking roles. Characters are all animals, birds, or insects. In the original professional production all characters were played by 2 actors.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!] The scripted elements are short, the rest - very flexible - is music, sound and movement.
MusicThe added music should have an African feel and be instrumental. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleA one act play with music, rhythm and movement. It could be performed in any suitable space, with a very flexible size of cast. This Video shows extracts from the original two-man show.
SynopsisThe Lion is top of the food chain, and about to take his place at the head of the pride, when he damages his leg in a snare. Now all the animals scorn him and he feels useless. But Hyena, despicable Hyena, shows him he isn't finished yet. Within this short story there is a wealth of information and points to consider about attitudes, prejudices, assumptions and personalities.
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Inspector Quaker of the Yard by Peter Stallard
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 35 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy play - a spoof detective story.
SynopsisCecil has gone missing (from his position on the mantlepiece) and Lady Boulder has to find him - and his urn. The stage is set for
Inspector Quaker of the Yard in The Return of the Cecil Vessel.
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The Lambton Worm by Timothy Hallett and Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 19. Chorus. Very flexible casting. There is one narrator role, but this could be shared out. Equally, the chorus could be 'all the actors'.
Run TimeAround 20 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicA 40-page musical score is included with the Producer's Copy of the script.
StyleShort musical retelling of an English folk tale. (The music plays throughout, even though some of the narration is spoken rather than sung.) No real set requirements, but the ideal performance would put some effort into creating a fearsome worm!
SynopsisThe tale of the wild worm of Wearside and its grisly end.
It should be emphasised that 'worm' is used in its old sense of 'serpent' - so this is a story of knights fighting dragons.
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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
** CD with backing track for the whole musical The Lambton Worm by Timothy Hallett and Nicholas Richards. Plus simple rehearsal tracks for each individual section (accompaniment on piano with vocal line played on another instrument.)
** Complete recording of The Lambton Worm by Timothy Hallett and Nicholas Richards including all songs and the spoken narration.
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Language Lessons (II) Asking the Time by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 17. No chorus. One character is an offstage voice - could easily be doubled.
Run TimeAround 43 minutes. [Estimated!] May be separated into short scenes.
MusicNone.
StyleA series of scenes put together in one act, or may be divided for short pieces. Minimal or no set requirements.
SynopsisA second set of crazy scenes to help hopeless English persons gain a better degree of fluency, in a foreign tongue. This time Polly and Glott prepare the audience for asking the time in various countries and even outer space!
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Missing by Sue Bevan
Finalist in the Sky Blue Theatre International play-writing competition, 2013
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 2. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus. Voices of 7 parents may be off stage or recorded.
Run TimeAround 43 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA gritty one act play for youth theatre.
SynopsisTom's run away from home but finds he's spent his first night on Lizzie's 'turf'. Is she going to help him, or take his stuff? Perhaps Lizzie's idea of helping Tom isn't the same as his...
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The Necklace by Tony Best
Performance by Cheshire Academy of Performing Arts won best Youth Production and the Syd Mence cup for a piece of theatre magic at the Wilmslow Guild One Act play Festival, 2012
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 6. Minimum total without doubling = 29. Chorus. There are two main roles, and a 'chorus of voices' playing all the other roles, thus the numbers are very flexible. The chorus members play specific roles but also act as a 'Greek Chorus' to comment on the story.
Run TimeAround 35 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act play based on a short story (a moral fable) by Guy de Maupassant. Written for a youth theatre production but could be performed by adults.
SynopsisMathilde is a vain, proud woman, who regrets that the she has been born into the humbler classes. She longs to be an aristocrat. Given her chance to shine, she borrows a stunning necklace, but that is the start of her woes.
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The Neville Report - Village of Fear by Gary Diamond, John Fryer & Ray Lawrence
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus. In theory, because it's a radio play, this could be done with a very small cast - Neville, the central character plus one other male and one female playing the rest of the characters. One of the characters - Harry the Leg - is purely a sound effect!
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act play - a comic pastiche of a 1950s radio drama intended for presentation as a staged radio play.
SynopsisA comedy radio play that pits intrepid reporter Neville Reville against the supernatural goings-on in Merry Waddle on the Weddle. Aided only by a leg in disguise, Neville braves the Portals of Hell (a pub), Lusty Wanda (a siren) and the evil Mordred to rescue Lady Purity!
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The Pagan Priests by Jim Pinnock
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 33 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act farce with a single (church sacristy *) setting.
* In other denominations, this may be a vestry.
SynopsisFather Benedict has blotted his copybook in the past and his only hope for a job is Bishop Langley whose plan to appoint him as parish priest at St. Thomas' is motivated by money. Housekeeper Mrs Humbley is about to be made redundant for the same earthly considerations. Sister Mary Joan throws a spanner in the works and when the press get involved things get really complex for the Bishop.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** Poster template, illustrated by Dale French, for 'The Pagan Priests' by Jim Pinnock. (High resolution jpg file with space for adding information about the production.)
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Peter's Tale by Mike Sparks
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act mystery play (in the sense of the medieval religious mystery plays) in modern English. No set requirements, no props.
SynopsisPeter's perspective of the ministry of Jesus, as he reflects on their time together after Jesus' arrest.
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