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               COVID-19 Advice (issued 18 March 2020)

Given the current circumstances we've had a high number of groups make contact with us, and, due to the amount of effort put into rehearsals/marketing etc, most of them have so far wanted to re-schedule rather than cancel. We're not charging fees for any deferral of productions.

If you decide to postpone your production you probably won't know the dates for later in the year, or next year, yet, but please advise us nevertheless, and we'll issue a new temporary licence to show a date range of 2-3 months which you can then refine with us when the actual production dates are known.

Regarding cancellation: our administration fee will not be levied where you are forced to cancel your production.
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We will be unable to fulfil any orders for printed scripts for the foreseeable future. Any orders placed will be cancelled and a refund made.
Orders for downloadable preview scripts and e-scripts are not affected.


The Simple Process Of Alchemy

by Chris Lambert



Telling of the experiments and misadventures of two charlatan scientists, Fernando and Reynaldo in Renaissance Italy, the play provides an invigorating evening of surreal and silly entertainment. Bursting with clowning, caricature and competition, the actors play twenty-five parts between them they try to discover the ingredients of a love potion, the secret of alchemy and the true nature of the earth.

This is coarse acting, or what the author likes to call ‘hamper’ acting … everything you need to play a myriad of characters you have in one costume hamper!

The play relies on a ‘large’ acting style to allow the audience to easily differentiate between the many different characters that they play. Changes can take place behind one screen though the more screens you have the better as you can spread out the costumes more effectively and allow for a variety of different entrances and exits.

The key trick to the play is that the two actors playing the parts need to be seen as rivals and much of the playing is a form of competition, (ie who can be bigger than the other character and so on). This builds towards the climax at the end.


   ... each of whom, through the quick-changing of costumes offstage or behind an on-stage screen, play a number of different roles as follows :-
  Act 1 Act 2 Act 3
Fernando Antonio Ignatius Old Professor
    Agent I Queen Isabella
      Union 1
      Union 2
      Union 3
Reynaldo The Great Shazzaban Vagabond Old Sea Dog
  Frederico Christopher Marlowe Sailor 1
  Rosaline Agent I First Mate
      Sailor 2
      Sailor 3
      Sailor 4


Interested? Now take the next step ...

First, order a download of the FREE Preview script (contains between half and two-thirds of the entire script).
Then, if you still like it, buy and download the e-script (or order a printed script) and read the whole thing.
Now you've decided to stage a production, so request a Royalties Quotation.
Once the royalties are paid and you have been issued with a licence to perform, either...

Dont forget to ...

  • take lots of photo's at the dress rehearsal (close-ups and group action, rather than long shots), send them to us and we'll see if we can put them up on our website (credited and linked back to you of course).
  • send us a copy of your posters and programme (that's in your licence contract!)
  • send us any reviews (by e-mail) or comments - we'd love to hear what you think about it all.
  • Preview E-Script (The Simple Process Of Alchemy) A4
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