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Agatha Crusty And The 'Mighty Midget' Murders by Derek Webb

(5m, 6f) Geoffrey and Caroline Robertson are having a dinner party to celebrate ten successful years of 'Mighty Midget' Vacuum Cleaners, and to add spice to the evening they make it a murder mystery dinner. There's a special surprise too - Geoffrey has invited the well-known crime novelist, Agatha Crusty, to join them. But, when one of the guests is actually murdered, it’s no laughing matter... except this is an Agatha Crusty murder mystery so there are laughs a-plenty. And also a genuine mystery to tax the little grey cells.

Altered Egos by Nick Broadhead

(4m, 3f) Do you have an alter ego, a second self, distinct from your own personality, that you talk to as though it were a close friend? Somebody always on hand to let off steam to? Well, Bernard does, and one day it surprises him by talking back, something it’s never done before. This doesn’t faze him quite as much as the appearance of a woman, who turns out to be his wife Delia’s alter ego. The two alter egos, not unsurprisingly perhaps, seem to like one another, but even they are surprised to meet Delia’s ghostly parents who have arranged to partially materialise. A crazily compelling comedy!

Amateur Rites by Tim Luscombe

(3m, 6f) A fast-paced, hilarious comedy of modern manners. What could be more unsurprising than a suburban AmDram company staging a Jane Austen adaptation? But the ambitions and neuroses of the members of Pogchurch Valley Amateur Dramatic Society come to a perilous and uproarious climax in the white heat of the rehearsal process for their production of Northanger Abbey. Alternately laugh-out-loud-funny and tender, this is a 'Stepping Out' for the twenty first century.

Bred In Heaven by Jack Llewellyn

(5m, 2f) Now available after a a very successful Welsh tour, directed by Michael Bogdanov (Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, Wales Theatre Company). Rugby fanatics Mike, Bryn, Dylan and Gethin join forces to ensure that the rather camp Maldwyn, gets to New Zealand so that he can help the Welsh rugby team to win the World Cup. Mike is forced to take his wife Beryl, and has to convince her that she is in New Zealand to enjoy an idyllic, rugby-free holiday with her loving husband. Both endeavours lead to comedically complicated conclusions!

Charade by Janet Shaw

(5m, 7f, 1f junior, 2m/f) Kate is about to marry Steven on a romantic Greek Island. Their families haven’t met before arriving and now do so with a clash of style and temperament. Felicity, Kate’s genteel and refined mother is confronted with Steven’s mother, Rene, a loud and brash ‘rough diamond’ and immediately the sparks begin to fly! Their arguing leads to a rift between the nearly newlyweds who call off the wedding. Kate’s Aunt arrives and reveals that Kate and Steven both have the same father which cements a new uneasy relationship between Felicity and Rene. Humour and pathos abound in this hilarious play.

Connection Failed by Jack Llewellyn

(3m, 3f) The internet gave us social networking; our lives being played out in front of invited guests. This play focuses on the lives of a group of young professionals who are trying to survive the dating game and balance their relationships in the full glare of their Facebook 'friends' ... the trouble is that everyone knows now who you've poked!

Crazy Horses by Mark Norman

(7m, 3f, 3m/f) Staging a coup against God is all very well, but only if the people staging it know what they’re doing... which the Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse don’t. To  make matters worse, Satan proves not to be quite the evil genius they were expecting and  there’s more to God than meets the eye. Also available as a one act version.

Disconnected by Nick Wilkes

(3m, 2f) Norman, a telephone engineer, is sent to the island of St Peter to disconnect their only remaining telephone box to the dismay of the residents who prove to be a rather unusual bunch. Will he be able to complete the job before the weekly boat leaves, or will he, like the island, become disconnected?

He's Much To Blame

(6m, 4f, 1m/f) A play by Thomas Holcroft, part of our Regency Repertoire
Outside London, a young woman named Maria is looking for her long lost love. Staying in a bizarre hotel she encounters all stations of Georgian society, romantic rivals and dangerous enemies, as her search descends into a whirlwind story of disguises, hidden secrets, ancient grudges and current fancies. We are offered a cartoon-like glimpse of the great and grotesque of Georgian England - seeing fashion-mongers, time-servers, flatterers, the obscenely wealthy, the working poor, deceivers, idealists and even quack doctors.

Holiday At Home by Colin Barrow

(2m, 5f, 2m/f) The play revolves around a string of jewellery thefts close to the stately home of Lady Boucher, and though she feels that her jewellery is secure in her safe, she’s apprehensive about leaving the property empty. Her butler, Scribbins, helps to plan a 'holiday at home', and after their 'departure', they return secretly to Thrivington Hall for the fictitious week's holiday, whilst the residents of Thrivington village believes her and her butler are living it up on the Italian Riviera, Lizzie Crawford the new maid at the Hall who doesn't quite live up to her CV, has been neatly placed at the Vicarage for a week of spring cleaning there while they're 'away'. They leave the Hall in order to 'return' but the house falls victim to the next jewellery theft. As the plot thickens, including the death of Alice Derbyshire, it becomes a puzzling problem for Inspector Warwick to solve. The play concludes with several unexpected twists to surprise the audience.
Comedy Play Script: 'I'll Be There in A Minute Now' by Jack Llewellyn

I'll Be There In A Minute Now by Jack Llewellyn

(4m, 2f) The sequel to 'Whose Coat is that Jacket?', this play aims to further explore the issues of what occurs when ambition is mixed in with tradition. Again we join the Williams family as they suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune. Bleddyn, the baby of the family has moved to London, the first of the Williams ever to leave God's green land, and unbeknown to all he has fallen in love with big city life. Will having a beautiful Welsh girlfriend settled in Cardiff, and a loving family waiting for the prodigal son to return to Trimsaran be enough to stop him opting for the bright lights of London Town?

Murder Afoot! by Knut Naerum

(5m, 5f) The action unfolds in the Drawing Room of wealthy factory owner Titus Platt’s rather stately home somewhere in 1930’s England. Titus is murdered and Inspector Bullock of the Yard is sent for. When he starts to investigate, there are many suspects: the son, Malcolm; his sister Penny; her fiancé Thomas; the maid, Livia; the house keeper, Miss Grimlish, and the mysterious new chauffeur, Dick Drake. When a man staggers in, bound and gagged, and says that he too is Inspector Bullock, there’s quite some explaining to do!

Oscars by Nick Wilkes

(4m, 1f) Oscars Cinema opened in 1933. Built in the Art Deco style, it could seat 1001 people and had all the modern conveniences. But now it's closing down. The ushers blame the new out-of-town Multiplex, the manager blames modern legislation, and the projectionist blames the resident ghost! Will the lights finally flicker out, or will someone save the silver-screen before the final reel? Take one last trip to Oscars.

Over The Gate by Danny Greenstone

(8m, 4f) The radio serial 'Over The Gate' is failing. The name of their deadly rival programme ('The Archers') is banned from the studio. But can the axe be prevented? This comedy hinges on the 'magic of radio' - what real listeners 'see' is only what they hear. Your audience, however, witness everything that goes on: cows, car crashes, sex and guns, all appearing in the mind’s eye… or not!

Passion Wagon by Colin Barrow

(4m, 4f) A comedy play which revolves around the time old classic of a mother-in-law versus daughter-in-law, of tension and disapproval. Stella Watts has agreed with her husband Brian to take their daughter Amy and his mother Florrie on a two-week family holiday. It's the eleventh day and, as yet, they've been unable to get away from each other thanks to appalling bad weather. As the day unfurls, the cutting remarks and situations can't stop romance creeping into the family from all angles; one assurance is that Florrie Watts, who wishes she'd stayed at home, will have the last laugh.
Comedy Play Script: 'Peter Pantelyne, Esq' by Stephen Bean

Peter Pantelyne, Esq by Stephen Bean

(4m, 2f) Winner - Best Original Play, AETF North East Heats : 2007
Based on the medieval French play featuring Pierre Patelin, this play is a comedy involving trickery, lust, avarice and getting one’s just deserts, in which respect it retains the original theme of morality. In the play we meet Peter Pantelyne, a trickster who live on his wits, his spirited wife Gloria, a dim motor mechanic called Cooksey and a despicable pawnbroker who has about every vice known to man. Caught up in the middle of this motley bunch is the Judge, initially a victim of the pawnbroker, but who turns the tables in spectacular fashion. The play contains a fight scene and some (optional) nudity. Also available as a one act version.
Comedy Play Script: 'Player King' by Ryan Stevens

Player King by Ryan Stevens

(5m, 7f, 1m/f)
During a community theatre's production of 'Hamlet,' a snubbed actor seeks to claim the title role by any means necessary, setting off a chain reaction of bruised egos, disguises, and shenanigans, all (well, mostly all) spoken in Shakespearean verse!

Radiodram by Nick Wilkes

(4m, 1f)
"Broadcasting from the former Glen Likestar Distillery on 102.6 and 107.2 fm. You're listening to Radiodram, the Spirit of the Highlands" ... but is anyone else? A remote Scottish coastal town, a traditional Gaelic community, and a chronic lack of bonnie-lasses to bring a smile to the clans, the kilts and the Celts. Then a work-experience student arrives, modern, English, and worse… a woman! Will the airwaves ever be the same again?
Comedy Play Script: 'She Loves Him, He Loves Her Not' by Andrew Piñon

She Loves Him, He Loves Her Not by Andrew Piñon

(Minimum 6m, 4f, 1m/f)
Smeraldina has always loved Oratio. But, Oratio is now in love with Isabella whilst Isabella is engaged to Flavio. But, Flavio isn't ready to settle down. As the wedding day approached, emotions run high in this quiet, provincial Italian village. Things get even more complicated when magic rings, voodoo dolls, and blood-thirsty pirates are thrown into the mix. This slapstick, ensemble comedy features twelve zany characters who get caught up in the cacophony of chaos. Performed in the Italian style of Commedia dell Arte, this play gives enormous opportunities for the performers to improvise and engage with the audience. The story is suitable for audiences of all ages.

Stand And Deliver by Janet Shaw

(4m, 10f) Winner - Audience Award, Wakefield Drama Festival : 2009
In a small Maternity Ward, Sister Mitchell and Nurse Walker have to contend with four pregnant women and their other half's (or mother in one case) each with different reasons for being pregnant and different views on births, deaths and marriages. It may sound like an unlikely setting for a comedy play, but Janet Shaw has a talent for turning the most incongruous situation and poking fun at it, or the people in it. Great fun!
Comedy Play Script: 'Stopped Interrupting' by Nick Broadhead

Stopped Interrupting by Nick Broadhead

(4m, 4f) A play within a play (sort of). When a performance looks likely to be cancelled due to a missing actor, the author of the play agrees to stand in for him. A few minutes into Act One, the cast are perturbed by a lady member of the audience standing up and claiming that she wrote the play, not the supposed 'author' on stage. It transpires that they were in love many years ago, but broke up and haven't seen each other since. Did the script get snaffled? Why did they break up? How will the cast cope with this unusual and testing situation?

Sunking by Nick Wilkes

(3m, 1f) It’s tough trying to stay afloat. Daniel and Max, two guys at a crossroads in life, facing change, comparing what they want out of life with what is reasonable to expect, and not liking the compromise. All this and a supermarket trolley dumped in the duck pond - but is it half underwater or half sticking out? Like them, have you ever had that ‘Sunking’ feeling?

The Pink Pearl by Bruno Lacroix

(3m, 2f) Imagine a restaurant that’s not yet properly open for business, where the only customer is an international food critic, where the decor is added to every 30 minutes, where the tee-total barman serves drinks way too strong, where the elderly lady tenant of the flat over the shop is pressed into helping, and where the owner desperately wants to win a coveted culinary award. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, and in this farcical comedy, the disaster pays off when the meat-based dish that’s mistakenly eaten by the vegetarian critic turns out to be a winner!

The Village Hall by John Bartlett

(9m, 8f) Four 30 min linked one-act plays (or play 2, 3 or 4 in combination)
That hallowed institution - the Village Hall, scene of unparalleled local country dramas is the setting for these four comedy plays. Each play stands up in its own right, but the quartet could be played together in many combinations. Each play features one or two main characters and their particular use of the Hall, a Jumble Sale, the Amateur Dramatics group, the scout's Gang Show and the Wedding Reception.

Tie Break by Nick Broadhead

(4m, 4f, 1m/f) When 94 year old Vincent arrives at Clive and Ann's house arm in arm with 21 year old Melanie, and it's announced they are engaged, everybody suspects of her of being a gold-digger. After she leaves, they discuss theories as to how she could 'bump the old codger off' without getting caught. Later, a policeman arrives to quiz them on the sudden demise of Vincent.. Is he all that he seems though? What does he say when the real Vincent arrives?

Tinsel by Deborah Amor

(9m, 12f) 'Tinsel' is a large cast show with lots of lovely cameo parts and is set in the struggling Pebbledon Theatre. Here, the Pebbledon Reps are rehearsing their Christmas show, putting up with cheap costumes and tatty scenery. The theatre’s owner has died, leaving his long-lost daughter as sole beneficiary, but she cannot be traced. Instead, his great-great-niece, Stacey Starchy, could inherit. Her plans though, threaten the very fabric of the theatre itself.

Whatever Happened To Ruby Quicksilver? by Janet Shaw

(4m, 6f) Frankie Morgan gave up the glittering life as pop/rock singer Ruby Quicksilver and now runs an hotel in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. What made her give it all up and retreat to obscurity? When another hotel's misfortune causes a few of their guests to de-camp, Frankie should be happy, but, the guests begin to cause problems. There's the hen party with some awkward secrets, a young man who thinks he's god's gift to women, and Mavis, a woman for whom nothing is ever right, and her compliant, anything-for-a-quiet-life husband, Cliff. Not only does the combination of this lot start to raise some temperatures, but it turns out that many years ago, Cliff and Ruby were friendly, and he knows more than he's letting on about Grace, Frankie's daughter.
Comedy Play Script: 'Whose Coat Is That Jacket' by Jack Llewellyn

Whose Coat Is That Jacket? by Jack Llewellyn

(4m, 2f) The play endeavours to explain the unexplainable notion in Welsh families of 'Hiraeth' (best translated as 'a heartfelt longing for one's homeland') and is centered on the hopes and dreams of a traditional Welsh family and the young ambitious English woman who finds herself trapped in this claustrophobic environment. This dark comedy provokes thought, as tradition, taboo, expectations, relationships, family, identity, compromise and language are all thrown into the melting pot, linking past and present with the unpredictable future of this 'stable' household.

Wives as they Were, and Maids as they Are

(7m, 3f, 2/m/f) a play by Elizabeth Inchbald, part of our Regency Repertoire
Miss Maria Dorillion is an intelligent and independent-minded young woman continually criticised and repressed by her fusty male guardians. Although virtuous, loyal and caring, she is constantly tempted by the high life of 18th century London and suffers from gambling problems and debt. Throughout the play we follow her journey to find her place in society: to either reconcile herself to old ways, or to modern fashion. Should she be a ‘wife of former times’ or a ‘maid of the present day’?

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