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A Fifty-Minute Henry VIII by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 20. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 24. Minimum total without doubling = 40. Chorus.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Henry VIII', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisWe meet Henry VIII when he has been king and married to Katharine of Aragon for some 20 years. The court is under the sway of the manipulative, acquisitive Cardinal Wolsey, but Henry falls for Anne Boleyn (or Anne Bullen, as Shakespeare calls her) and in the ensuing turmoil he ditches both Wolsey and Katharine.
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A Fifty-Minute Richard The Third by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 21. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 26. Minimum total without doubling = 48. Chorus.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Life and Death of King Richard III', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisRichard the Third, from the winter of discontent to the kingdom for a horse, as the last of the Plantagenets intrigues and murders his way to the English throne, only to be confronted by the army of the Earl of Richmond - one Henry Tudor.
Historical footnote: Shakespeare derived this account from Henry Tudor's historians. In the view of the editor, this makes it unreliable history, but a cracking play!
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A Fifty-Minute Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 20. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 24. Minimum total without doubling = 36. Chorus. Large numbers of speaking roles, many appearing on stage at the same time. Flexibility in the non-speaking roles, with Roman nobility and a whole army of Goths (who probably dressed differently in Roman and Shakespearen times).
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisWhen Roman general Titus Andronicus returns victorious from the wars against the Goths, he resolves to be king-maker, rather than taking the role of emperor for himself. Having lost many of his sons in the fighting, Titus has the eldest son of Tamora, captive Queen of the Goths, sacrificed to the gods. When Tamora is freed by the new Emperor, she and her lover Aaron set about avenging themselves - a feud that is tragic for all concerned.
Bill Tordoff started this series as abridgements for primary schools. We think that some of the themes in Titus are too adult for that demographic!
Asides: This is not for the faint-hearted, though John Webster probably enjoyed it, and Mrs Lovett would have learned a thing or two.
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A Fifty-Minute White Devil by John Webster abridged by Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 10. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 35. No chorus. Characters include a small boy and optional non-speaking attendants, etc.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of John Webster's 'The White Devil', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisIn his pursuit of Vittoria, the wife of old Camillo, Duke Brachiano abandons his wife, Isabella, then connives with Vittoria's brother, to have Isabella and Camillo murdered. Isabella's brother, the Duke of Florence, and his ally Cardinal Monticelso - Camillo's cousin - set out to get revenge.
(We're in Grand Guignol territory. This isn't going to end happily for anyone!)
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A Friend of Ronnie's by David Barry
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus. Edith and Arthur are relatively elderly, Susan a younger researcher.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne act drama set in 1983 (twenty years after the main event). Single domestic setting. Contains mild swearing.
SynopsisIt's been a tense twenty years for Edith and Arthur. Now that Susan has arrived and is uncovering his shady past, will life improve for the pair of them, or simply reveal more regrets?
The play fills some gaps in the true story of the robbery, and the substitute train driver who was never caught.
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Get to Dance by Frank Gibbons
RolesMinimum Male roles = 0. Minimum Female roles = 8. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus. The characters are 7 female youth actor-dancers (playing ages 14-16) and one 1 adult female actor (playing age aroung 50)
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act play for a youth-theatre company.
SynopsisA window in to the lives of the members of a dance academy and their 'welcome' for new member Georgina, an overweight teenager who has decided to try dancing as a last resort in her determination to overcome her weight problem. This one act play deals with bullying in all of its forms with humour, music, dance and pathos as Georgina's journey progresses to its uplifting conclusion. Along the way her stoic strength of character enables her to peel away repressed emotions in others and helps them to come to terms with their own difficulties.
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Goldilockpick and Little Red Riding Hoodlum in Wonderland? by Todd Barty
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RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 19. No chorus. Numbers of Narrators and character doubling possible, at the Producer's discretion.
Run TimeAround 47 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act original story, woven into a rhyming comedy for all ages. (A family show with many characteristics of British panto, so could fit in a similar slot in the theatrical season.)
SynopsisNarrators set the scene and assorted characters find their ways through a strange Wonderland. A source of comedy throughout this play is Goldilockpick, Little Red Riding Hoodlum and Alice getting into slightly embarrassing, and somewhat undignified predicaments with underwear, in a pantomime manner!
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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Sisters by Sian Lewis
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 8. Minimum total with doubling = 19. Minimum total without doubling = 19. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy play for kids, based on a collision of fairy tales. Two sets (probably set in separate areas of the same stage - a joke can be made about the journey time between the two).
SynopsisA retired evil witch discovers her mirror has been lying to her for years - she's not the fairest of them all. She decides to get her revenge on everyone fairer than her- which is everyone.
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Growing Up With Martin by Paul Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 6. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy play (three sets)
SynopsisMartin is twenty four, living in a rented flat with his girlfriend, and working at the bottom of the corporate ladder in an accounting firm run by his Mum and Dad. He's frustrated by his lowly position, but equally annoyed by the idea that he should have to exert himself to get on in life. In the course of one day we see him downtrodden, turn a corner and find a new goal, just to have one of the dearest things snatched from him.
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Harmony by Neil Armstrong
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 8. Minimum total with doubling = 21. Minimum total without doubling = 21. No chorus. Four of the roles are non-speaking.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicPiano/vocal score for the song 'Harmony' is included with the Producer's copy of the script.
StyleOne act play (with a song) for a youth theatre group. (Originally commissioned for the youth of the South Shields Customs House Theatre.)
SynopsisEstablished as a haven or harmonious living, the village of Harmony is waiting for the prophesied visitors that will declare the village the happiest in the world and bring about world peace. But Lizzy and Bez have dropped in on the vital day, and they will change everything.
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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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