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Drama Play Script: 'A Harlot's Progress' by Dougie Blaxland

A Harlot's Progress by Dougie Blaxland

(4m, 3f & 1 m/f junior) This cast size uses doubling; larger cast opportunities exist
Based on William Hogarth’s 18th Century series of paintings, the play tell the tragic story of Moll Hackabout an innocent and naive sixteen year old who travels to London in search of employment where she is enticed and entrapped by the lecherous Colonel Charteris and his self-seeking accomplice Mother Needham. The play dramatises Moll’s tragic and all too brief journey from gentleman’s mistress via street prostitution and imprisonment to destitution, disease and premature death. Although set in the 18th Century it has an all too poignant relevance for 21st Century Britain.

A Higher Education by Angela Pressland

(2m, 2f) apx 1hr 45mins - Written as a long One Act play, but with a Two Act split point provided
Patrick is suffering in his job and in his private life, and he badly needs comfort - female comfort. Summer is determined to complete her university degree, and if she can't get the money one way, she will try another. Their encounter is explosive for both of them.

A Phoenix Rising by Tony Layton

(8m, 6f) Large Cast Possibilities
What happens in a society that has lost its way and is in a state of civil unrest? What if certain people with influence decided to help create and promote the idea of a new messiah? Modern technology with all its creativity can produce images which could convince the most ardent sceptic, so why shouldn't a troubled church organisation harness it for its own ends?

A Touch Of Familiarity by Michael Park

(3m, 5f) 
The grown-up children of the Brewster family have gone their separate ways: Jayne is a BBC executive, Brenda has married well, and Adrian is out and about supporting good causes. Only aspiring artist, Melanie, is left at home, but when her widowed mother suffers a stroke, this ordinary family has to face up to dealing with extraordinary circumstances. Boasting strong female leads, this play is both funny and touching in turn, and examines the problems of coping with a stroke victim respectfully, without being in any way maudlin.

An Honourable Life by Tom Casling

(5m, 3f
Patrick and Mary await the imminent arrival of Father Brendan, Patrick’s brother, who has decided to come and stay with them two weeks before Christmas.  Brendan is never the easiest of guests and it would appear that he has a problem that he urgently needs to discuss.  “At a time of goodwill to all men” both brothers find themselves in need of shelter, questioning their family values and needing to address what constitutes living an honourable life.

All That We Seem from the writings of Edgar Allen Poe adapted by Steven K Beattie

(7m, 4f, 1m/f) 
A remarkable piece of theatre inspired by the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe - a poet, journalist, editor and literary critic, best known for his tales of mystery and horror. The play cleverly weaves together all these aspects of Poe’s life and work by using the writer at his desk as a framework for some spell-binding story-telling.  Poe is a soul tormented by illness in mind and body caused by separating from his sick wife, then grief at her death, neglect by an uncaring public, and money troubles. He medicates himself with alcohol, and is driven always to write.

Behind Closed Doors by Janet Shaw

(5m, 3f
Set in 1969, when physical and mental abuse was a fact of life to many women, this play is about domestic violence inside marriage - a subject still regrettably topical even in today's 'enlightened' times. Social attitudes and family undercurrents are explored when the engagement of two university students (one, upper class from Surrey, the other much more down to earth, from Yorkshire) brings their families together, but breaks one of them apart.

Drama Play Script: 'Between Friends' by Carolyn Pertwee with Rosalind Adler

Between Friends by Carolyn Pertwee with Rosalind Adler

(1m, 2f) 
The past stalks the present in this gripping drama set in the near future with the world in a state of flux. Helen and Paul have escaped to the comparative calm of Esher, where they’re happy.  Pretty much. Their two girls are settled in school and it’s good to grow your own vegetables. Helen has their future all mapped out, unaware that their lives are about to implode when Laura, an old friend from another life, turns up unannounced on their doorstep...

Drama Play Script: 'Between The Hay And Grass' by Benjamin Belbin

Between The Hay And Grass by Hank Belbin

(min 6m, 2f) 
1882 White Oaks, New Mexico. A savage lawless land where murder and robbery are as common as drought, and making an honest living is unheard of. A brutal tale of a murdering road agent and a notorious thief apprehended in the wake of a violent robbery gone awry. The young outlaw has always been on the wrong side of the law, but he is also a decent man desperately trying to provide for his family, change his ways and not let his children fall victim to the same life that has doomed him to to commit horrendous acts. With so much wrong-doing behind him, John is struggling desperately to build a future for his family and lay to rest his murderous past for good, but in such an unforgiving land even the strongest wither and die. There ain’t no laws, but the laws we make for ourselves.

'Call Me Dusty' - a play with music about the life of Dusty Springfield by Derek Webb

Call Me Dusty  by Derek Webb

Small Cast Version: (2f, 1m) Large Cast Version: (6m, 6f min) 
Without doubt the finest white soul singer of her era, Dusty Springfield is for millions the definitive pop diva. Her lifestyle was the stuff of legend – and great drama. Misunderstood and often misquoted, with her relentless quest for perfection and refusal to compromise, Dusty Springfield led a tormented life culminating in a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol abuse and self-harm – but, despite all that, she produced tremendous music which still ranks as some of the finest of its kind. The actress playing Dusty does not have to sing, all the tracks played are recorded songs.

Drama Play Script: 'Chasing Ibsen' by Caroline Summerfield

Chasing Ibsen by Caroline Summerfield

(3f) 
A tightly written contemporary psychological drama for an all-female cast, that deals with the betrayal of friendship through deceit - inspired by Henrik Ibsen's stage play 'A Doll's House' and the paintings of  Edvard Munch. Lizzie Fairweather's husband Bob has died under mysterious circumstances and when the insurance loss adjuster, Mr Kingsland comes calling, we are drawn into the pursuit of the true circumstances surrounding Bob's death. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Or was it murder? Which of the three friends knows the answer?

Children Of The Sea by Mike Gibb

(6m, 4f) 
Black Friday, 14th October 1881, was the day that the sleepy Berwickshire fishing town of Eyemouth suffered Britain’s worst ever fishing disaster. The fishing fleet of frail boats was no match for hurricane force winds, and in little more than the twinkling of an eye, 189 men from Eyemouth and its adjoining villages were swallowed up by the mighty waves. This new play recreates the tragic day as experienced by one fictional family, representative of the people of Eyemouth, all of whom, to a man, were touched by the tragedy.

Drama Play Script: 'Confessions Of Honour' by Gerry Hinks

Confessions Of Honour by Gerry Hinks

(2m, 1f) 
50 years after the battle of Epernay where Frederick Salisbury won the Victoria Cross on August 28th 1944, he is attending a special ceremony at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, to present his medal to the Staffordshire Regiment in which he served during the Second World War. The unexpected arrival of an old German soldier Wolfgang Meissler has an unsettling effect on Frederick and a feeling of unease ensues as he tries to work out the reason for his visit. What connection does Wolfgang have with Frederick? How does he know such much about Frederick and his past? Does Wolfgang hold a secret that could upset the carefully laid procedures of the day?

Drama Play Script: 'Daughters Of Eve' by Tom Casling

Daughters Of Eve by Tom Casling

(6f, 2m/f) 
Six women meet once a year at a remote cottage. Five of them went to school together and are now in their 50s. The sixth is the daughter of one of the school friends who has now passed away. As the play develops it begins to be clear that nowadays they meet often out of guilt and habit, rather than for enjoyment. One of them is their strength, their rock, but the other five are in different states of turmoil.

Drama Play Script: 'Death On The Doorstep' by Martin Cort

Death On The Doorstep by Martin Cort

(Min: 6m, 2f) 
Set in the 1970s when homosexuality was still widely regarded with hostility or suspicion, Death on the Doorstep is based on true events. This tension-filled account of a vicious murder, the wrongful arrest of a gay man and the tangled events which follow, deals clear-sightedly with themes of brutal violence, police prejudice and homosexual rape. The play culminates in a memorably dramatic scene that is certain to keep the audience gripped from start to finish.

Doorways In Drumorty by Mike Gibb

(4m, 8f)
Based on a book of short stories by Lorna Moon, this is both a highly amusing and poignant tale that economically captures, fillets and skewers small town life in rural Scotland in the 1920s, an era when, with their narrow-minded and hypocritical ways, the chief currency was twitching curtains and gossip!

Drama Play Script: 'e-baby' by Jane Cafarella

e-baby by Jane Cafarella

(2f) 
This play tackles the sensitive and heart-rending issue of surrogacy. Catherine is a privileged Australian lawyer living in London. In her mid-40’s, she has endured 18 cycles of IVF and is now desperate to have a child. Nellie is her surrogate, a feisty, honest, God-fearing redhead from Boston, Massachusetts. It is in parts funny, bitter-sweet, topical and raw with well-developed, multi-layered and clever characterisation, and paints a picture of the longing and heartache that is suffered by both women, but for different reasons.

Drama Play Script: 'Elephants Don't Run' by Trevor Smith

Elephants Don't Run by Trevor Smith

(4m, 5f)
Lily is in hospital with a variety of physical and psychological illnesses. Her eldest daughter, Megan, whom no-one has seen for nearly 20 years, visits. This visit causes distress to her angry, younger sister, Debra, who has fallen in love with her mother’s doctor. Why is Debra angry and is her love unrequited? Where has Megan been for all these years and what caused Lily’s illnesses? All is explained throughout this emotionally moving drama.

Drama Play Script: 'Emma' by Jane Austen adapted by Tim Luscombe

Emma by Tim Luscombe

(3m, 4f or 5m, 6f)
Austen’s masterpiece takes us on a joyful journey packed full of warmth and wit, romantic schemes and mistaken intentions. Tim Luscombe (who’s had great success with his other Jane Austen adaptations; Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Persuasion) relates Austen’s story with verve and style, honouring its central themes and transporting its famous characters to the stage, including the dashing and restrained Mr Knightley, the comically hypochondriac Mr Woodhouse and the sublimely dull Miss Bates!

 Drama Play Script: 'Fate' by James Johnson

Fate by James Johnson

(4m, 5f) Strong Content
When the warped minds of two families being joined in marriage intertwine, the results are a devastating mix of incest, lies, bribery, fraud and adultery. Left to themselves the four flawed relationships in the two families must ultimately lead to their self-destruction. Only fate can take a hand in the proceedings to change the outcome for two of the characters.

 Drama Play Script: 'Giacomo & Glover' by Mike Gibb

Giacomo & Glover by Mike Gibb

(6m, 2f)
Madame Butterfly was regarded by Giacomo Puccini as his finest work and he was devastated when the first night audience in Milan treated it badly. A mysterious stranger visits Puccini and is revealed as Thomas Blake Glover, a Scotsman often credited as the father of modern Japan (removing the last Shogun and the co-founder of Mitsubishi). Puccini's resentment at the intrusion dissipates at it becomes clear that Glover was in all probability the inspiration for Madame Butterfly's central male character and Glover reveals the events of his life that are mirrored in the opera and Puccini accepts Glover's help in reworking the opera.

 Drama Play Script: 'Glimpse Due Solace' by James Johnson

Glimpse Due Solace by James Johnson

(7m, 5f) Strong Content
The play explores the way love and guilt manifest themselves inside human relationships: the flowering and de-flowering; the living and dying, shouting and crying. Are love and guilt insistent? Always. Are they persistent? Occasionally. Are they consistent? Never.

 Drama Play Script: 'Hear A Song That Echoes' by Bernard J Taylor & Simon Taylor

Hear A Song That Echoes by Bernard J Taylor

(2m, 1f) 
A play with recorded music inspired by the classic narrative poem 'The Lady Of Shalott' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, about a woman who keeps the world at one remove until a former student - now a successful writer - declares his love for her. It is accompanied by a soundtrack consisting of ten pieces of piano and symphonic music that are woven into the narrative.

Play Script: 'Hoovering On The Edge' by Hilary Spiers

Hoovering on The Edge by Hilary Spiers

(1m, 7f) 
Discover the unlikely friendships that develop between seven very different women, tutored by one hapless male, on a summer writing holiday. Sun, sangria and story-telling, what could possibly go wrong! Meet Moira the tactless hypochondriac, Clare the dippy yoga teacher, and feisty Rita, to name but a few, as the women embark on a voyage of discovery about themselves, their hopes and their dreams… and uncover some surprising home truths.

Hungry Ghosts by Tim Luscombe

(min 3m, 2f) 
Formula One driver Tyler Jones arrives in Shanghai for the Grand Prix. It might as well be Moscow or Melbourne. He’s happy to toe the corporate line so long as he can race. But when he meets and falls for Chinese dissident Pin-de, racing ambition suddenly seems futile set against Pin-de’s struggle for survival. How can he square his newfound awareness of life and death in China and help Pin-de, without losing everything he has?

 Drama Play Script: 'In' by James Johnson

In by James Johnson

(3m, 3f) Strong Content
A psychotic and homosexual private investigator who despises prostitutes gets hired by a husband who is curious to know if (and why) his wife is being unfaithful to him. Why does she visit the doctor's so regularly?

 Drama Play Script: 'Is There Anybody There?' by Martin Paul Roche

Is There Anybody There? by Martin Paul Roche

(3f) 
When Sue meets Ann, an employee of her late husband, she finds a soul mate in more ways than one. And following a chance conversation about a psychic medium, she hatches a plan. A laugh. The chance to drink, to joke and to make fun with impunity of those who she sees as pathetic for trying to contact their dead relatives: laughing at the expense of those who pursue the question: “Is there anybody there?”

Drama Play Script: 'Kimalia' by Tim Luscombe

Kimalia by Tim Luscombe

(Minimum 9m/f) 
Asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity have been recognised in the UK since 1999. However, having the right to seek refugee status, and actually gaining asylum on this basis, have proved to be two very different things. Through farcical comedy and hard-hitting raw conflict, 'Kimalia' pitches Ade, a Kimali refugee, against Vincent, the 'european' border guard with a prejudice. Written originally for a cast of 19 Mountview graduating students, this urgent, contemporary tale exposes the endemic corruption and prejudice at the heart of the Home Office’s immigration strategy, and aims to question all of our attitudes to race, gender and nationality.

 Drama Play Script: 'Love In Vain In Love' by Gillian Hiscott

Love In Vain In Love  by Gillian Hiscott

(2m, 5f
Upbeat fantasy based on the fable of Echo and Narcissus.  This lyrical and rhyming piece is light-hearted and comical in a way that will appeal to all age groups including children, who will relate to the setting of a school.  The production is left open to interpretation and depending on budget, can be either a simple recital, or a full-scale dance/musical piece.

 Drama Play Script: 'Mansfield Park' by Jane Austen adapted by Gillian Hiscott

Mansfield Park  by Jane Austen, adapted by Gillian Hiscott

(4m, 6f
A splendid costume drama adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel. The story follows Fanny Price's admission into the family of her titled relatives, the Bertrams, and their treatment of her. It features a delightful 'play within a play', a wedding, and ballroom dance.  "This adaptation indulges Jane Austen's predilection for matchmaking, moralising and mockery". (Camden New Journal)

 Drama Play Script: 'Mansfield Park' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Mansfield Park  by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(6m, 7f
Fanny Price is the poor relation of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, and has, from the age of ten, lived with the wealthy Bertram family at Mansfield Park. The shy and retiring Fanny is an intelligent observer of the flirtations and foibles of her four cousins and the sophisticated brother and sister, Henry and Mary Crawford, who move into the neighbourhood and disrupt the peace of the Bertram family.

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