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'A Fifty-Minute Alchemist' by Ben Jonson adapted by Bill Tordoff - additional information.

'A Fifty-Minute Alchemist' by Ben Jonson adapted by Bill Tordoff
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Period and Geography
Location: England. Time Period: 17th Century
Settings and Set Complexity
Number of Sets: 1
Setting: Street and A Room
Set Requirements: Backdrops/simple flats, Practical Doors/Windows and Multiple locations in one set
The script includes characters in the following age range(s):
Unspecified ages
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Swearing rate: 1 rude word per thousand
We have identified the following types of language in the text:
Mild swearwords
Potential blasphemy
Sexual slurs
In addition to the text, the "Producer's Copy" of the Script includes the following:
A list of the required properties
A list of the required sound effects
A lighting plot
Descriptions of the characters
A description of the set requirements
Costume notes
Miscellaneous notes from the author
One-act adaptation of Ben Jonson's comedy. Whilst the text uses mostly Jonson's language, this is an adaptation, not an abridgement, hence both script and performances are subject to copyright licensing.
Three con-artists set up a series of swindles starting with the pretext of an alchemist who can create charms and turn base metal into gold. Things start to go wrong when too many of their customers arrive at once, and the result is the 17th century equivalent of a multi-door farce, with a different problem lurking behind each door and needing to be kept hidden from the others.


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