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'A Thirty Minute Merchant' by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff - additional information.

'A Thirty Minute Merchant' by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
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Period and Geography
Location: Italy. Time Periods: Timeless and Medieval
Settings and Set Complexity
Number of Sets: 4
Setting: Living Room, Street and Courtroom
Set Requirements: Furniture Only
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
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A list of the required properties
A list of the required sound effects
A lighting plot
Costume notes
Abridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice', with the original text of two hours and more cut down to 30 minutes.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
Bassanio is broke and needs ready money so that he can court Portia, a beautiful Heiress. He goes to his friend Antonio - the merchant - for a loan, but all Antonio's money is tied up in his shipping ventures. On the strength of his business, Antonio borrows from Shylock, the money lender, but when Antonio's vessels are lost at sea, Shylock calls in the loan. A court case follows, heard by an unexpected stand-in judge.
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