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A Gladiator On The Town by John Waterhouse

(3m, 3f) Marcus is an olive farmer, and Livia, his wife, is a horse breeder. A mysterious trader from the East called Serapas arouses suspicion that he is after more than horses but then Claudia, a glamorous merchant, seems to be interested in more than Marcus’s olives. An attempt is made on the life of Livia’s father, Gallus who is the local magistrate but Gallus is not the only person who needs to watch his back.

A Hint Of Old World Charm by Michael Park

(3m, 3f) A gentle comic tale about a run-down cottage and the people who inhabit it over a period of time: newly-weds who experience everything from invading mice to collapsing ceilings, a businessman desperate to spend a passionate weekend with his young secretary, and a retired couple who discover a supposed armed bank robber in their living room. Written for the larger theatre company and popular with college groups, it boasts longer roles for experienced actors down to a few lines for those with limited rehearsal time. Has a sequel in 'A Wisp Of Scotch Mist' (which also stands alone if required).

Comedy Play Script: 'A Very Scottish Play' by John Waterhouse

A Very Scottish Play by John Waterhouse

(3m, 3f) Terry decides to go away with his wife for a few day’s complete rest on a remote Scottish island but soon finds out that the island has a host of natural hazards as well as numerous dangers from animals and insects. Things only get worse when a ghost appears nightly at the window, a flamboyant American film producer arrives looking for set locations, and a clairvoyant staying at the guesthouse believes that the ghost is giving dire warnings.

Comedy Play Script: 'A Visit To Eastern Europe' by John Waterhouse

A Visit To Eastern Europe by John Waterhouse

(2m, 6f)
Frank is on his first overseas trip to a small, former Soviet Bloc state where a big machine-parts order is being fought over, and meets a young French woman from a competing company. Two airline stewardesses arrive at the hotel and the four begin to talk in the lobby bar area about cultural differences. A military coup suddenly forces everyone to adapt to changes circumstances and national and cultural differences take on a deeper significance.

A Wisp Of Scotch Mist by Michael Park

(4m, 8f) The hilarious sequel to ‘A Hint of Old World Charm’ (complete in itself) in which some of the same characters go on holiday to a small hotel on the shores of Loch Ness. The promise of peace and quiet is shattered when they get caught up in a battle between the owner and a pushy developer, with their first night plagued by mix-ups over room allocations and ghostly goings-on. As the location suggests, there is also the possibility of a visit from the legendary monster.

Comedy Play Script: 'Agatha Crusty And The Village Hall Murders' by Derek Webb

Agatha Crusty And The Village Hall Murders by Derek Webb

(4m, 6f or 3m, 7f) Agatha Crusty (pronounced 'Croosty') is a crime novelist. She's also pretty adept at solving crimes. So, when she spends a few days with her sister-in-law in the village of Chortelby, it's not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders which seem directed at members of the All Saints Village Hall committee. And with an investigating officer as incompetent as DI Twigg, the laughs pile up as fast as the bodies.

Comedy Play Script: 'Agatha Crusty And The Murder Mystery Dinner' by Derek Webb

Agatha Crusty And The Murder Mystery Dinner 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 (pronounced ‘Croosty’) 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. 

Comedy Play Script: 'Agatha Crusty And The Health Spa Murders' by Derek Webb

Agatha Crusty And The Health Spa Murders by Derek Webb

(3m, 7f) Amateur detective Agatha Crusty (pronounced ‘Croosty’) decides that a spell at a health spa is just what she needs to recharge her batteries. At first things go swimmingly, but soon, when a body is found in the mud bath, Agatha finds herself yet again, due to the inept DI Aster (who is a cousin of the redoubtable DI Twigg), having to swap pleasure for business and 'assist' his enquiries by doing the job herself. There's humour throughout, but, being an Agatha Crusty murder mystery, there is also a genuine mystery with an ingenious plot to once again tax the little grey cells of the audience.

Comedy Play Script: 'Agatha Crusty And The Pantomime Murders' by Derek Webb

Agatha Crusty And The Pantomime Murders by Derek Webb

(4m, 7f) Agatha is in Giglinton for a Book Festival when she meets the local amateur dramatic group starting rehearsals of their production of Peter Pan. Sadly these are cut short when an actor is killed. The police believe it to be an accident as they do another death which occurs soon after. Agatha however is convinced that the deaths are murders, and believes them to be connected, something born out when a third member of the group dies; all with clues seemingly referring to a pantomime. And, being an Agatha Crusty murder mystery, the laughs pile up as fast as the bodies.

Alter Ego by Tom Casling

(4m, 2f) Richard has reached a point in his life where everything is going wrong. By trade he is a cars sales person but the industry is precarious and he is continually being made redundant.  He has reached an age in life when he doubts himself, hates the way he looks and his relationship with his wife is humdrum. "Who would have my life?’" is his constant retort. Then  one morning Richard wakes up to find his own obituary in the local newspaper.

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!

Comedy Play Script: 'Catching The Earlier Bus' by David Morrison

Catching The Earlier Bus by David Morrison

(4m, 6f)
Judy returns from holiday to her job as receptionist in a vet’s practice, to find things have changed while she has been away. A partner has been hospitalised, and a locum from eastern Europe appointed to fill in. However, his methods are unorthodox, and there are a series of misunderstandings with patients. At the same time, Judy is telling her colleague, Sally, all about her holiday fling, interruptions by the Major permitting!

Canoeing For Beginners by Mike Yeaman

(3m, 2f) Very loosely based on a famous tabloid case, an insurance scam involving a faked canoeing accident goes spectacularly wrong and turns a family into bitter turmoil.  The action relocates from Britain to a Havana hotel room where a surreal twist  keeps the audience guessing, as blackmail and double-dealing turn the dark comedy into a frenetic classic farce. 

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!

Comedy Play Script: 'Country Dances' by Gawthorpe & Bown

Country Dances by Ann Gawthorpe & Lesley Bown

(4m, 7f) When Emily Hetherington moves to the country, she sees herself as the new 'lady of the manor', but the locals have their own agenda. And then, of course,  there's Thomas and his herd of cows, bent on wreaking havoc in Emily's top of the range kitchen. Set in the early 1970s, when Formica worktops were the height of fashion, this fast-moving three act comedy is easy to stage with just one simple living room set.

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.

Play Script: 'Crazy Ladies' by Devon Williamson

Crazy Ladies by Devon Williamson

(1m, 5f) Pamela Browne has organised a 25 year reunion for her four best High school friends. From the moment Kay, now a chocoholic gun toting funeral director, arrives the wheels begin falling off Pamela’s meticulously planned weekend. Added to the mix is Sandy, who is now a Nun, Dianne, married the school nerd and a mother of eight sons, Rachel, a runaway teenager on a mission to dig up some dirt on her mother, and Shaun, the greasy motel janitor. This outrageous comedy is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. It has a sequel: 'Menopause Made Me Do It!'

Comedy Play Script: 'Curl Up And Die' by Anna Longaretti

Curl Up And Die by Anna Longaretti

(3m, 7f) Ruth's antiquated hairdressing salon’s only chance of survival is a complete make-over, funded by winning the big-cash-prize hairdressing competition run by ‘Fab Hair’ magazine. On the day of the contest things are looking hopeful until, despite being told that the Salon would be closed today, Ruth's old faithful blue rinse ladies arrive and inveigle their shampoo and sets from her. Then the petulant model throws a strop, the Spanish photographer fuses the lights, and a pompous Health And Safety Officer arrives for a routine 'in depth' inspection. In the middle of the mayhem one of the ‘old biddy’ customers seemingly dies under the drier. Could things get any worse? 

Comedy Play Script: 'Dame Agatha's Greatest Case' by Robert Sheppard

Dame Agatha's Greatest Case by Robert Sheppard

(8m, 9f) A murder mystery spoof in which several eccentrics attend a country house party where Sir Humphrey Yewtern, Cabinet Minister, is murdered. Who did it? His wife (in love with another man), her playboy lover, the threatening gangster, the minister's mistress, or angry ex-mistress, her brother, a Hollywood starlet, or even the host? Dame Agatha Crustie rounds up the usual suspects and the murderer is finally revealed to the bewilderment of Inspector Corner of the Yard. Includes a selection of optional songs set to Gilbert and Sullivan tunes but with new lyrics.

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?

Comedy Farce Play Script: 'Don't Get Your Vicars In A Twist' by Gawthorpe & Bown

Don't Get Your Vicars In A Twist by Ann Gawthorpe & Lesley Bown

(6m, 5f) WINNER: Derek Lomas Playwriting Competition 2005
A fast-moving and hilarious farce about Church Warden George Williams who has rented out a temporarily empty vicarage to a travelling drama company for a Murder Mystery weekend to pay for his daughter’s wedding. Unfortunately, Bishop Herbert appoints the Rev Caroline Timberlake before the weekend can take place. But when Caroline goes away for the weekend George is determined that the Murder Mystery still goes ahead. As the chaos mounts he finds himself kidnapping a bishop and pretending to be Caroline. Simple to stage with only one set, but it provides plenty of scope for the actors to hone their comedy skills, both verbal and physical.

Comedy Play Script: 'Don't Mess With The Curtain Cords' by Pip Burley

Don't Mess With The Curtain Cords by Pip Burley

(3m, 5f) A couple are desperate to sell their house but soon find the whole business much more exhausting than they expected.  Enjoy a helter-skelter ride as Richard and Jane Harvey hurtle through a hilarious sequence of events leading to an unexpected conclusion…

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Dying To Be Heard by Keith Trezise

(4m, 3f) Charles and Maggie, about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, discover that their daughter is planning a surrogate pregnancy, and their son may well be involved in cross-dressing. The arrival of Maggie's elderly deaf stepfather and his sexy nurse doesn't help matters, and who is the mysterious Ralph, who wanders round the house, but nobody seems to know who he is.

Comedy Play Script: 'Dying To Meet You' by Ron Hutson

Dying To Meet You by Ron Hutson

(4m, 4f) An hilarious and fast-moving farce. Richard and his wife, Barbara, in a mix-up, offer the same room as lodgings to a young man (who turns out to be an undertaker) and a young Italian woman (who possibly has the Mafia after her). Confusion, panic, cross-dressing and many misunderstandings abound. The situation is not helped when an Italian 'gentleman' arrives with a violin case. What could possibly go wrong?

 Comedy Play Script: 'Fairway To Heaven' by Diana Raffle

Fairway To Heaven by Diana Raffle

(3m, 5f) In Lady Fotheringham's stately home, Cheryl and Trevor Slater-Rees both have important business to conduct. Meanwhile Lady Fotheringham is trying to throw a party for her rather elderly friends. This hilarious farce has audiences laughing out loud as Trevor and his friend Bob lurch from dilemma to disaster and dead bodies start piling up. With an intellectually challenged gardener's daughter, several "interesting" costume changes and Maria's fiery temperament added into the mix - the chaos continues. This fast paced farcical comedy promises silly twists and turns... with innuendo a-plenty.

 Comedy Play Script: 'Father's Funeral' by David Challenger

Father's Funeral by David Challenger

(2m, 4f) Funerals are normally sombre affairs but Jack Jones' funeral turns out to be anything but. Tale two daughters who don't see eye-to-eye and are arguing over the arrangements, an illegitimate son, a father who is a womanising fraudster, and two female strangers who have their own motives for attending, and you have a play that is full of drama and comedy that keeps the audience guessing what is going to happen next.

Frozen Assets by Tom Casling

(3m, 6f or 3m, 3f) Brenda Middleditch is a thoughtful mother and has planned for every eventuality. Peter her son is not. He is a chancer, takes risks and has had a few brushes with the law in his younger life. Peter has now reformed, he is older wiser, married to Claire and is about to have a son. He is also heir to £50,000 should his mothers insurance policy pay out on her 65th Birthday. Unfortunately Brenda dies three days too soon.

Funny Turns by David Hampshire

Derek Fowlds ('Yes Minister', 'Heartbeat') said of this play: "I really loved the play. I recognised all the characters and it made me laugh and cry. Congratulations’’ 

(5m, 3f, 1m/f) A comedy set in a theatrical boarding house in 1935. Struggling comedian Norman Tate passes his time rehearsing his act with Sally, the love-struck daughter of his landlady, Alice. Four stories inter-weave involving Alice and Sally, Norman’s best pal Victor (a conjurer), Charlie (a song and dance man), Arthur (an eccentric pianist), Laurence (an actor) and Harold Chance (an impresario). When Norman’s ex-wife Nellie Price moves into his digs Norman’s life changes dramatically. A tale of humour, heartbreak and eventual redemption which demonstrates that life is indeed full of ‘funny turns’.

Granny's Game by Michael Park

(5 or 6m, 4f) Young Joanna Edwards is a computer whizz-kid and when she invents a strategy game which attracts the attention of a marketing company, her cash-strapped family look forward to being in the money for once. Unfortunately, others are intent on stealing the game and it’s up to Jo’s wily Gran to thwart these erstwhile computer pirates, with hilarious results. Containing occasional moments of farce, this is perfect for a family audience and has a range of eccentric, but memorable, characters.

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) A string of jewellery thefts close to the stately home of Lady Boucher has made her nervous about going on holiday, so 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 only to find that the Hall has been burgled. Are Alice and Felicity, two ladies of the village, and the Vicar involved? And what about Lizzie, the Hall's new maid with a strange CV? As the plot thickens, including the death of Alice, it becomes a puzzling problem with unexpected twists for Inspector Warwick to solve.

Comedy Play Script: 'How To Relax In Amsterdam' by John Waterhouse

How To Relax In Amsterdam by John Waterhouse

(3m, 3f)
Peter has arrived in Amsterdam to spend some time with his friend Saskia whom he met on holiday in Spain. Looking forward to a relaxing stay, he sees himself on TV committing a bank robbery and then discovers he has lost his passport as well, his identity from which is being used to frame him. Wondering if anyone except Saskia will believe he has not committed a crime, Peter tries to lie low but is recognised by another flat resident, the voluptuous Dagarada, a psychologist who is into karate and she has her own agenda for Peter.

Comedy Play Script: 'How To Relax In Andalucia' by John Waterhouse

How To Relax In Andalucia by John Waterhouse

(Two Versions: 3m, 3f or 2m, 3f)
Peter, recently made redundant and divorced, is just wanting to use his new found freedom to read and to avoid women. A small quiet guest house in Southern Spain seems to be what Peter is looking for until three backpackers arrive; Carol, the ex-girlfriend of a gangster, Saskia, an annoyingly friendly Dutch woman and Mick, a loud-talking Australian. Then a curious detective from England arrives on the scene. Is Peter’s quest to find solitude and relaxation in jeopardy?

Full Length Comedy Script: 'How To Train Your Husband' by Devon Williamson

How To Train Your Husband by Devon Williamson

(2m, 5f) This madcap comedy addresses an issue close to every woman's heart – how to train your husband! Sound impossible? Not when you have a legendary Husband Trainer living right next door. The play follows the adventures of three generations of the Smith family as they attempt to turn their men into fully trained members of the opposite sex. Nothing quite goes according to plan and the result is an hilarious comedy with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. 

Comedy Play Script: 'Idle Hands' by Ron Hutson

Idle Hands by Ron Hutson

(3m, 5f) A bored housewife goes out in the evening as her tired husband snoozes in front of the television. It takes a sex-hungry neighbour, a 'home tuition artiste', a burglar and a daughter's accident-prone boyfriend to get their lives back on track, with almost disastrous results.

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?

Comedy Play Script: 'Liberty Hall' by Robin Jennifer Miller

Liberty Hall by Robin Jennifer Miller

(4m, 4f) Attempting to impress his American girlfriend, Zoe, Tom has told her he's an English lord whose parents own a stately home.  Ashworth Hall is a delightful country house hotel. Tom's sure, with the help of his friend Colin, he can pass it off as his parents' home.  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, his ex might turn up.  And Zoe's strict father might turn up, too.  And the managers of the hotel are expecting a visit from their son’s irate teacher...

Play Script: 'Lost For Words' by Devon Williamson

Lost For Words by Devon Williamson

(2m, 2f) For the past 25 years Edwin Miles has been an announcer for Classical Music FM. Ratings have plummeted and his station manager, a heel clicking German, has bought out the the local Reggae station to increase market share. Edwin is now working for "Radio Reggae" and sharing a studio with a white guy who is convinced he is Jamaican. Add to the mix a mute receptionist and Lost for Words is a side splitting comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles.

Lucky Numbers by Mike Yeaman

(4m, 3f) Nana is losing control of her life and her mind and now has to live with her feckless family. When her winning numbers come up on the Lotto, it’s her chance to force the family to change their ways. Can they convince her that they are reformed characters before the ticket expires? A fast-paced comedy that builds into classic farce. Winner of The People’s Theatre (Newcastle) Play Award, 2007.

Menopause Made Me Do It by Devon Williamson

(1m, 5f) It has been ten years since the last reunion of the Crazy Ladies.  Menopause has arrived and the ladies are crazier than ever. The mission is to convince Kay, the gun-toting tom-boy, to marry Shaun (the guy she once kidnapped and held accountable for the sins of all men). Hilarious... poignant... utterly mad. While this is the second 'Crazy Ladies' play, it can be performed with or without a prior production of the original 'Crazy Ladies'. 

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!

My Ex by Trevor Johnson

(3m, 3f) Three couples buy a new house in a cul-de-sac on a new, up-market estate. Soon afterwards Paul & Penelope hold a dinner party for the other four: Andy & Susie and Geoffrey & Alice. Trouble is, that Paul & Susie were previously married to each other, as were Geoffrey & Penelope and Andy & Alice. All have been divorced and have not seen each other for three of four years, which could make for an interesting conversation during the meat course.

My Husband's Nuts by Devon Williamson

(2m, 3f) Barbara's husband is missing on the family farm. When Jack finally returns he is a nervous wreck and will not leave the house... he is suffering from Agri-phobia (the fear of agriculture)... and is convinced that he is Hiroo Onoda - a Japanese soldier holding out on an island after World War Two. Barbara's husband is nuts. The only people she can trust with this information is the new vet and the village idiot. How will they restore Jacks mind without the help of the medical profession... or common sense? 

Comedy Play: 'My In-Laws Are Outlaws' by Devon Williamson

My Inlaws Are Outlaws by Devon Williamson

(4m, 6f reducing to a min 2m, 4f with doubling) Annie discovers her in-laws are outlaws... and her mother in-law has hired a mad group of assassins to kill her! How will Annie, a mild mannered Librarian, outwit the best of the Italian, Russian and Irish contract killers? This is outrageous laugh-out-loud comedy at its best. 

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