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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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Angel by Naadir Joseph
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 11. Minimum total without doubling = 12. Chorus. Variable chorus size at Producer's discretion.
Run TimeAround 28 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act play with various (simple) settings.
SynopsisA moving piece of drama - in which a group of homeless young people are given hope by one of their number, Kevin. His optimism and sense of family brings them courage to face the future.
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Asking For Trouble by Pat Edwards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 10. Chorus.
Run TimeAround 23 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA short topical play with simple sets.
SynopsisTwo girls, approaching their sixteenth birthdays, go out and are refused entry to a club. Against their will, an older guy gets in to share their taxi and there is an unwanted incident. Was how they were dressed a contributory factor?
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Births, Deaths and Marriages by Stephen Scheurer-Smith
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 13. Minimum total without doubling = 13. Chorus. The chorus is a wating-room full of patients in the second act.
Run TimeAround 105 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length play in three acts (each in a different setting).
SynopsisA family saga told through three comic episodes. Laughter turns into tension in all three plays as family frictions and heartaches unfold.
Each of the three components is also available separately:
Arrival
Oncology
Anniversary
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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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The Brilliance in the Room by Phil Porter
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 12. Minimum total without doubling = 105. No chorus. An ensemble piece designed for a cast of 12 or more, each playing multiple roles.
Run TimeAround 102 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA full-length sweep of Dickensian vignettes, with an ensemble of actors playing multiple characters. No specific set, but props are manipulated to convey locations.
SynopsisA dreamlike convergence of Dickens’ characters and situations swirl about the stage, in a celebration of the author’s works.
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Captain Bluebeard's Monkey by David Pemberton
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RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 16. Chorus. Chorus size very flexible, at the Producer's discretion
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act piratical fantasy comedy.
SynopsisThe eponymous monkey uses his guile to thwart the late Captain Bluebeard's swashbuckling crew in their attempts to discover Bluebeard's treasure - which is not what it first appears to be.
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CosPlay by Damian Trasler
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 6. Chorus. The chorus is optional, but could add a lot to the piece.
Run TimeAround 37 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act play. Two settings but a simple set design will allow an easy switch between them.
SynopsisThe boss wants everyone concentrating on the big presentation, but excitement has gripped the office - this weekend is HeroCon, and people are planning their costumes! It soon becomes clear that what you wear on the outside can hide the real you.
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A Forty-Minute All's Well That Ends Well by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 10. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 22. Chorus.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'All's Well That Ends Well', with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisFollowing the death of the Count of Rousillon, his teenage son, Bertrand inherts his estate and departs for the French court with dreams of military glory. He leaves behind Helena, daughter of his father's physician, and desparately in love with Bertrand. Helena follows Betrand to Paris where she uses her father's medicines to cure the sick king. The king grants her a reward, and she claims marriage to Bertrand. He wants none of it, and heads off to war. How can Helena win him back?
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A Forty-Minute Pericles by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 10. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 40. Chorus. The episodic nature of the story makes lots of doubling possible. (Or, if you have a lot of actors, there are lots of roles.)
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre', with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisOn the run from the King of Antioch, Pericles is shipwrecked and washes up on the shores of Pentapolis. There he wins the hand of Thaisa, daughter of the King of Pentapolis. On their return voyage to Tyre, Thaisa gives birth to a daughter during a violent storm. Thaisa is thought to have died and is thrown overboard in a casket. The grieving Pericles leaves his daughter, Marina, in the care of the King and Queen of Tarsus. Years later, Pericles returns to seek Marina , but is told that she died. In fact she escaped an assasination plot, and eventually Pericles finds a happy ending.
Bill Tordoff started this series as abridgements for primary schools. We think that some of the themes in Pericles are too adult for that demographic!
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