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Love And Money

    by Raymond Hopkins



Synopsis

Comedy Play Script: 'Love And Money' by Raymond Hopkins

Derek and Pauline Felton have been married for twenty-seven years. Their only child, Amy, is a nineteen-year-old, petite girl, whose main interests are boys and animal rights. Life has passed by fairly smoothly for the Felton’s, that is, until they return home one evening to find that their house has been burgled.

Derek, who has always had a materialistic outlook on life, decides that their new home insurance will yield a lucrative pay-out.  All the old worthless possessions in his house will be replaced with brand new goods. To this end, he tampers with the forensic evidence to prevent the crime from being solved. Pauline becomes increasingly unhappy about his subsequent course of actions. The ensuing friction is exacerbated when they discover that Amy’s latest boyfriend is the thief!

Joyce Clements, their next-door neighbour, witnessed the robbery. She calls in daily to offer support, advice and unwelcome comments. Derek has never hit it off with Joyce, and he is now doing everything he can to keep her away from Amy’s boyfriend because he is worried she will identify him as the thief.

The young, inexperienced, Police Officer investigating the crime, is far more interested in flirting with Amy than catching the burglar. To add to the mayhem, the Reverend Peter Jones, who has unexpectedly called round to invite Derek to read a lesson at a televised service, falls hopelessly in love with the Scenes of Crime Officer investigating the robbery.

The hilarious confusion which follows has a surprising twist at the end, which means the Felton’s lives will never be the same. A farcical comedy that will make you laugh at life’s bleaker moments!

Characters

(4m, 4f)

  • Derek Felton - 48, wears casual clothes, very materialistic outlook on life, not always truthful, will grab every opportunity that the world offers, plus some that it does not, lovable rouge
  • Pauline Felton - 45, Derek’s wife, good dress sense, down to earth, honest and sincere, complete opposite to Derek, but that seems to keep the marriage alive
  • Rev. Peter Jones - 33, local vicar, not much dress sense, very saintly Christian who has given his life to the church, shy and naive when it comes to girls, his romantic passions have never been switched on!
  • Joyce Clements - 52, neighbour, slightly overweight, very mixed temperament, lives alone next door to Pauline and Derek, not much money, therefore, finds life hard going, will need an ‘over the top’ makeover during play
  • Amy Felton - 19, Derek & Pauline’s daughter, good looking, petite, very definite views on life, especially on animal rights, likes a boyfriend whom she can dominate
  • P.C Ben Draper - 25, local policeman, smart in appearance, likeable person, but also a bit gullible, someone you can easily feel sorry for
  • Elizabeth Anderson - 25, Scenes of Crime Officer, slim, attractive, intelligent, has had lots of men friends, but never found that special one
  • Tony Peck - 20, burglar and boyfriend, bit scruffy, comes from a poor background, not very well educated, lacks communication skills, favourite word is all right, which he pronounces or-wight, only child, mummy’s boy


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