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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.

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Regarding cancellation: our administration fee will not be levied where you are forced to cancel your production.
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Ghosts In The Afternoon

    by Bernard J Taylor and Simon Taylor


Synopsis Ghosts In The Afternoon by Bernard J Taylor

A new play from the father and son team of Bernard and Simon Taylor. Those familiar with Bernard's musicals and other works will already appreciate the quality of his writing, and this collaboratively written play with Simon, is no exception.

Ross Miller, an introverted and burned-out writer, ends a hollow relationship with a married woman at the same time he rents a room in his city apartment to an extravert out-of-towner named Rachel, a generation younger than himself He is torn between his attraction to her, his self-consciousness and his fear of involvement.

Complicating the situation is the fact that he is haunted by the ghost of his youth and the spectre of a diminished old age. But when the immovable objectivity of his introverted nature is challenged by the irresistible force of the outgoing Rachel, something’s got to give.

Complete with scene change and other incidental music composed by Bernard J Taylor this play is intuitive, intellectually interesting and incisive.


Principals (3m, 2f)
  Ross Miller- 40ish, has a strong physical presence
  Rachel- 20's, vivacious, attractive
  Old Man- wheelchair-bound, looking like an older dissolute version of Miller
  Young Man - idealistic, intense, angelic face, same colouring as Miller
  Margot - mid 30's, poised, slightly aloof in her bearing
Support (1m, 1f)
  Glennis - Young office worker (speaking) doubling as Female Silhouette (non-speaking)

  Male Silhouette (non-speaking)


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...

  • buy a script copying licence, or
  • buy a cast size set of printed scripts

    ... before you start rehearsals.

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.
  • E-Script (Ghosts In The Afternoon)
    £3.75 E-Script (Ghosts In The Afternoon)
    The full script provided as a pdf file for A4 size paper. You have a maximum of three attempts to download the file within a period of 30 days after the order date. You are licensed to print this once for your personal use...
  • Preview E-Script (Ghosts In The Afternoon) A4
    £0.00 Preview E-Script (Ghosts In The Afternoon) A4
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
  • Royalty Quotation Form
    £0.00 Royalty Quotation Form
    The rights to perform and record for all the titles in our catalogue (with exceptions) are managed by Stagescripts Ltd. A royalty fee must be paid: whether the play is presented for charity or for...