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One Act Black Comedy

Black Comedy Play Script: 'A Bit Of A Do' by Tony Layton

A Bit Of A Do by Tony Layton

(1f) apx 25 mins
Maggie is happily settled into her life. Settled with husband, Harry; settled into their comfortable house in a small cul-de-sac; settled with her circle of friends and settled with her high standards of behaviour. When something unsettling though happens to one of her friends, the effect of it builds up a tidal wave around her which smashes through her comfy existence, destroying it forever.

A Woman Of Uncertain Age by Maggie Dealey

(1f) apx 35 mins Winner - Best New Writing, Buxton Festival Fringe : 2003
Ruth is in her forties. She travels with baby Eve, a slowly dwindling mountain of baggage and a distinct lack of self-esteem on a somewhat fraught train journey to see her grown-up son. We hear the story of Eve through Ruth’s inner thoughts and outer utterances in this bitter-sweet comedy of lost love and lost luggage.

Ladies On The Costa by Lindy Macnaughton Jordan

(1f) Each play apx 20 mins
A compelling series of 12 monologues telling the amusing, acerbic and utterly absorbing stories of the lives of twelve female ex-pats living in Spain, each with a different reason for emigrating there.
Black Comedy Play Script: 'Rude Awakenings' by Nicolas Ridley

Rude Awakenings by Nicolas Ridley

(4f) 45 mins
Everything normally runs so smoothly at the Little Gissing Art Group’s ‘Annual Exhibition and Competition’ in the village hall, but this year it’s all going wrong. There are mishaps, misunderstandings, all sorts of complications and some really very shocking revelations!  ‘Rude Awakenings’ is a comedy – with a tear or two – that revolves around the loves, lives and losses of four very different women. “A perfect piece ... captivating, funny and really quite moving.”

Two Sisters by Caroline Harding

(2f) 50 min or 60 min version available. Nominated - Manchester Evening News Award (Best Play) : 2006
Dark secrets hidden in the grey mists of time are reluctantly revealed in this excellent black comedy, set in a small village in 1880's Russia. On the bizarre discovery of an empty coffin in Anya's lodgings, she and friend Sonia are goaded into recollecting some things they'd rather forget from their earlier years.

One Act Comedy

Sharks In The Custard by Tony Layton

(4f, 3m/f) Prize Winner
The cleaning ladies in the municipal art gallery enjoy their work, but rumours of government cut backs threaten to upset their cosy regime. In the face of adversity they come up with a solution that not only secures their futures and helps to save the gallery, but also ensures that their lives will never be quite the same again.

The Ladybirds by Tony Layton

(9f) Prize Winner
The village drama group has lost all their men. The future looks bleak until a bright, young director agrees to help them out. The suggested solution at first shocks the straight-laced villagers, but then becomes the vehicle which gets the cash flowing back into the groups desperate bank account.

One Act Drama

Drama Play Script: 'Conkers' by Alice M Underwood

Conkers by Alice Underwood

(3fapx 50 mins Prize Winner
A mother and daughter, estranged for seven years following the mother’s sudden desertion from the family home, meet unexpectedly in a health spa. Amidst an atmosphere charged with resentment and angry recrimination is reconciliation out of the question?
Drama Play Script: 'Exit Routes' by Liz Turner

Exit Routes by Liz Turner

(6f)
Six women working in a factory on the evening shift fantasise about getting away from the boredom of their jobs. When Corinne returns from holiday, it’s revealed that she has in fact secretly spent the time with her co-worker Tessa’s lorry driver husband, after which she quickly becomes a pariah. A jackpot win on the Lottery creates the opportunity for all of the women to resolve their individual problems, some more satisfactorily so than others.
Drama Play Script: 'Lucy In The Sky' by Tony Layton

Lucy In The Sky by Tony Layton

(4f) apx 40 minsPrize Winner
Three women seek shelter in an inner city hostel for the homeless. On this cold winter night, each has a different reason for being there. Two of them are having to come to terms with recent events which have shattered their lives. The other cannot forget her failing because once a year for fifty years she has been vividly reminded.

Black Comedy Play Script: 'Once An Actress' by Tony Layton

Once An Actress by Tony Layton

(1f) apx 30 mins
Bored with her factory job, Sara attends an audition and is amazed when she gets a part. Through this catalyst she attends drama school and afterwards lands an acting job touring Welsh schools, both of which provide her with valuable new life skills. Her bubble is burst though, when she gets no more acting jobs and has to retrun to the factory. A superb single-hander for a competent actress.

Remembrance Day by Tony Layton

(5f) Apx 40 mins
Leanora - a 'difficult' patient, has been moved from one nursing home to another, and the new staff are not too happy with her. During a visit by her daughter and grand-daughter, some family skeletons are revealed. Forced into a corner by all around her, Leanora decides it is time to tell the 'truth' behind the rift.

The Brown Felt Hat by Tony Layton

(8f) Apx 40 mins (Could be doubled down to 6f)
Ann (and her daughter, Beth) arrive in 1942 from Wales, to escape the bombing and work in her sister Pat's hotel. The work is demanding, and Pat works them hard. Each of the women has a battle to fight and fears to conquer. The brown felt hat is a symbol of good times, of well-being, of self esteem and of magical escape. It is a prop which helps the wearer to escape the ugliness of war.

Full Length Drama

Drama Play Script: 'e-baby' by Jane Caferella

e-baby by Jane Caferella

(2f)
This play tackles the sensitive and heart-rending issue of surrogacy. Catherine is a privileged Australian lawyer living in London. In her mid-40’s, she has endured 18 cycles of IVF and is now desperate to have a child. Nellie is her surrogate, a feisty, honest, God-fearing redhead from Boston, Massachusetts. It is in parts funny, bitter-sweet, topical and raw with well-developed, multi-layered and clever characterisation, and paints a picture of the longing and heartache that is suffered by both women, but for different reasons.

The Audition by James Johnson

(2f) 60 mins (Full Length version available) Strong Content
How far will an actress go to get a part? How far does the Director need to push? A psychological drama exploring the relationship between Director and actress at an audition where the normal rules and etiquette have been dispensed with. A most unusual play.

Full Length Thriller/Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery Drama Play Script: 'Practice To Deceive' by Gawthorpe & Bown

Practice To Deceive by Ann Gawthorpe & Lesley Bown

(7f)
A murder mystery with a difference as the audience can never be sure who killed whom. Set in the mid-1950s, 'Practice To Deceive' is about a group of middle class women who hold a committee meeting to make the final arrangements for a Christmas Bazaar When one of them collapses, is it a straightforward case of natural causes, or has something more sinister happened? A second mysterious death soon afterwards puts political ambitions in jeopardy and secrets to be revealed.