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Four Sinister Bookworms by Paul John Matthews
Published: 13 June 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 6. Minimum total without doubling = 6. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 66 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA quirky and clever comedy - a murder mystery where there hasn't been a murder. Two simple sets (that can be constructed with the same furniture and just minor changes in decoration and layout between scenes). One act.
SynopsisLibrary employee Mandy is desperate for something interesting to happen. She gets more than she hoped for when the library's four most eccentric regulars all receive anonymous notes that one of them is a murderer, and gather to solve the case.
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Mrs Hudson and the Twisted Pilchard by Richard Moon
Published: 13 June 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 35 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one-act comedy in a single, loosely based on The Second Stain, a Sherlock Holmes mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A fun update of a Holmes mystery using modern sensibilities and humour.
SynopsisAn exciting tale of international spies, blackmail and tinned fish. A top-secret document has gone missing. If it gets into the wrong hands, it would mean war! Sherlock Holmes is struggling to work out where it is, but Mrs Hudson has her own ways of finding the answer.
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Leave it to Lulu by Jim Hollingsworth
Published: 24 May 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 48 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy in a single set.
SynopsisThe residents of Sandcliffe Retirement Home gather to plan a summer fair, but first they must submit to the exercise routine of Lulu, a trainer sent from the council. And she's not the only council representative, as a corrupt councillor is intent on closing the home down.
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The Importance Of Being Earnest [45 minute abridgement] by Oscar Wilde abridged by Gerald P Murphy
Published: 23 May 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus. The two narrators are written female but could be played male (especially if their names were changed to something more masculine than Agnes and Doris).
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one-act comedy, abridged (and slightly adapted) from the play by Oscar Wilde. A couple of narrators are used to set scenes so that the piece can be played with minimal (furniture only) sets.
SynopsisBachelors, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, use convenient fictions when they wish to escape the more tedious aspects of society life. They both fall in love and become engaged, but their deceptions lead to much confusion. And Lady Bracknell has a lot to say about it all.
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Everything's Eventual by Kieron Toner
Published: 15 May 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 13. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleEpisodic drama with a single coffee shop set - which can just be tables and chairs (with the counter implicitly offstage).
SynopsisIt's a normal sort of evening in Sally's café, although some of the clientele are a trifle unusual.
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Macbeth [75-Minute Abridgement] by Shakespeare, abridged Jack Shaw
Published: 7 May 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 29. No chorus. Twenty-nine roles, but playable by a cast of ten. (The producer's copy of the script includes a table of roles per scene to help figure out the doubling options.)
Run TimeAround 75 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA 75-minute abridgement of Shakespeare's Scottish play.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but, because all the words are Shakespeare's and therefore out of copyright, performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisWitchcraft, prophecies, hallucination, regicide, porterage, portents, usurpation, amicide, phantom at the feast, apparitions, equivocations, blood-boltered spectre, family massacre, somnambulation, suicide, tyrannicide, decapitation.
All good clean fun.
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Dagger in a Smile - A Young Actors' Macbeth by Gill Medway
Published: 22 April 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 0. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 20. Minimum total without doubling = 34. Chorus. The play can be acted by an all-male group, an all-female group or a mixed cast. The ensemble roles can be played by a minimum of five but can be expanded to suit the size of the group.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one-act (by length) modern language adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth for young actors, containing all the witchcraft, ghosts and gore you'd expect. (Read the script to see if the level of violence is appropriate to your actors.)
SynopsisThe Ghost of Macbeth comments on the action and charts the progress of his rise to the Scottish kingship and his downfall.
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Tiny House by John Passadino
Published: 25 March 2024
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 4. No chorus. Bernice is (male to female) transgender. How you cast this depends on your company.
Run TimeAround 48 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act in a single split-level set.. A comedy drama with a surreal edge. US English.
SynopsisThree old friends are trying to get their lives back on track by returning to their days of sharing a house - in this case, a tiny house in the wilds of New York State. But lots of things have changed and the house is very tiny.
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