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Drama Play Script: 'Never Any Fruit' by Dougie Blaxland

Never Any Fruit by Dougie Blaxland

Winner: The Watermill Theatre, Raising New Voices, Best New Play, 2010
(1m, 1f) The compelling story of two young people who form an unlikely but intense attachment in the face of impending tragedy. Jack, a brilliant but autistic young mathematician, and Isla Rose, a struggling actress who can barely write her name, are brought together in desperate circumstances for last ditch clinical trials of an untested drug after conventional medicine has failed to cure life-threatening illness.


On Raglan Road by Tom O'Brian

(2m, 1f) Using Patrick Kavanagh's poem of the same name, this play sets out to describe the often tortuous relationship between himself and Brendan Behan and brings his doomed relationship with Hilda Moriarty into sharp focus.

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Painting From Memory  by Hilary Spiers

(2m, 2f) Louis Mackay, iconoclastic painter and artist, died a tragic early death in a freak accident. His widow, Sheila, elder daughter Frances and disturbed younger daughter Bridget (Bird) have all come to terms with his death in different ways. Bird is the spiky, sparky centre of this play which explores the tensions in a fractured family. When a resurgence of interest in Louis’s career and works leads a biographer to start writing the story of the artist’s life, the three women in the family have very different motives for wanting their own picture of Louis to be portrayed. 

Drama Play Script: 'Past Forward' by Carolyn Pertwee

Past Forward by Carolyn Pertwee

(2m, 2f) Can the past ever let us go? Liz and Tom Fielding are poised to change their present life by selling up and moving to the coast for a brave new future, little knowing that a chance meeting with Sam Rutland, a long lost friend from their youthful past, will challenge the very foundations of their lives. What happened all those years ago when Sam shared their flat in those heady carefree days? Why is Liz so desperate to keep Sam and their daughter apart, and then so anxious when they not only meet at the family home, but become lovers?

 Drama Play Script: 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Persuasion by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(5m, 8f) The bittersweet story of love that might have been. At the age of nineteen, Anne Elliot was persuaded to refuse an offer of marriage from a young naval officer. Their paths cross again eight years later, but now Anne is a faded spinster and her father is badly in debt, while Captain Wentworth has made his fortune in the war and is a much sought after matrimonial prize.

Portrait Of Dylan by Tony Layton

(8m, 5f) Large Cast Possibilities
The short, enigmatic life of Dylan Thomas was one filled with emotion, artistic endeavour and alcohol. A man of passion and poetry, a womaniser, a Welshman. Charting the years from childhood to his death aged 39 in New York, 'Portrait Of Dylan' is a powerful, moving account of Dylan's life, loves and lyrics.

 Drama Play Script: 'Pride And Prejudice' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Pride And Prejudice  by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(4m, 11f) It is not only fans of Jane Austen’s much-loved novel, centred as it is on romantic manoeuvres in early 19th century England, who have been delighted by this adaptation, audience comments too, make it clear that people unfamiliar with the book also had a good time. The title of the play refers to the relationship between the Bennets’ second oldest daughter, Elizabeth, and Mr Darcy, a wealthy but reserved man who is the subject of marital scheming by many people, including his imperious aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Miss Bingley, the sister of one of his friends.

Queen Anne by Kate Glover

(4m, 4f) When Queen Anne, shy, gout-ridden and overweight, ascends the throne in 1702, the Jacobites, proto terrorists, will stop at nothing to kill her and put her half brother the Roman Catholic James Stuart on the throne. James just happens to be supported by the hugely powerful Louis XIV of France. Court favourites vie for influence with the Queen. Coalition politics spark off intense rivalries between Whig and Tory politicians. With her husband and children all dead, how will the Queen cope?

Resonant Frequency by Ian Pauley

(2m, 1f, 2m/f) A young mother who gains a son then loses him; an immigrant Italian ice cream shop owner with a large heart but a murky past; a slightly psychotic boffin and a pair of slightly out-of-this-world people who interview the three others form the cast for this fascinating play. Boffin is a person walking a tightrope between genius and insanity, reality and fantasy. His invention and subsequent over-reaction to a simple incident involving Mother and Toni has the potential to snuff out all human life.

 Drama Play Script: 'Sense And Sensibility' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Sense And Sensibility  by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(6m, 6f) Lose your heart and come to your senses as you follow the fortunes of Elinor, the sensible sister and Marianne, the sister who is ruled by her feelings. The reserve of one sister and the lack of reserve of the other lead equally to their undoing as they struggle to come to terms with the poverty thrust upon them by their father’s untimely death.

 Drama Play Script: 'Soul Without End' by Martin Roche

Soul Without End  by Martin Roche

(6m, 2f) The play concerns the story a young French couple who in 1940, are escaping the ravages of war and the destruction of their tiny French village. Fleeing the atrocities and the death and loss of all they hold dear, they run as hard and as fast as they can across the country, eventually finding themselves in the remains of Chateau Tatar. It is inhabited by the last remaining member of the family who owned it. But they also find it is the home of a small group of soldiers from apparently different sides who appear to be seeking refuge from … what?

 Drama Play Script: 'Splits In The Skin' by Ron Nicol

Splits In The Skin  by Ron Nicol

(2m, 4f) The Dunstans meet for a rare family reunion at the request of their father, now aged 80. During a an afternoon fraught with accusations, arguments, regrets and recriminations they look back on their childhood, reveal their best-kept secrets, confront their failures and deal with their father’s unexpected and suspicious death.

Drama Play Script: 'That Day In September' by Artie Van Why

That Day In September by Artie Van Why

(min 1m but many casting possibilities) Everyone has their story of where they were on 9/11. This is one of them. Artie van Why, an eyewitness, and survivor, of the attack on the World Trade Center gives his account of the being there, on the streets, in front of the twin towers. It provides an intimate understanding of the events of that day, a glimpse into how his choices led him to be standing in front of the twin towers that morning and how his life was dramatically transformed forever.

The Audition by James Johnson

(2f) Strong Content
How far will an actress go to get a part? How far does the Director need to push? A psychological drama exploring the relationship between Director and actress at an audition where the normal rules and etiquette have been dispensed with. A most unusual play.

 Drama Play Script: 'The Brylcream Boys' by Tony Layton

The Brylcream Boys by Tony Layton

(4m, 6f) Set in 1958 the play follows the fortunes of two young men from opposite poles of the social spectrum who are amongst the last to be called up for national service. They come up against D.I. Evans at basic training who has strict methods of changing boys into men. The experience changes the boy’s lives and has far reaching effects on their families.

 Drama Play Script: 'The Cherry Boys' by Tony Layton

The Cherry Boys by Tony Layton

(9m, 4f) A boy rating takes his first job on a cruise ship in the 1950's and is forced to come to terms with homosexual members of the crew when he is barely coming to terms with his own newly awakened interest in girls. A poignant story based on events that happened in real life; about relationships between, and in between, the crew and their passengers.

Drama Play: 'The Firecrest' by Roger Manktelow

The Firecrest by Roger Manktelow

(5m, 3f) The ‘Firecrest’, a garnet set in a silver ring, carries with it a secret of international proportions. When Victor Barrett discovers it, he becomes involved in series of events involving intrigue, blackmail and murder. Marjory, his wife, colleagues Patrick and Claire get caught up in the affair with devastating results, the consequences of which Victor has to live with for the rest of his life, and who is the mysterious woman constantly at his side? 

Drama Play Script: 'The Incredible Doctor Guttmann' by Nicholas McInerny

The Incredible Doctor Guttmann by Nicholas McInerny

(7m, 5f or 3m, 2f with doubling)
As London hosts the 1948 Olympic Games, Stoke Mandeville Hospital gets ready to stage the very first Paralympics. The play tells the true story of Doctor Ludwig Guttmann who pioneered one of the biggest revolutions in medical and social history. In 1944, Henry Collier arrives with only weeks to live. Florence arrives with a broken spine and a broken spirit. Both must come to terms with their new lives but with the new hope given to them by the Jewish immigrant doctor from Germany, a man driven to improve the treatment of spinal injury. Ordinary men and women become the vanguard of the modern Paralympic Games as Guttmann builds broken bodies into a sports team ready to take on the world in this compelling drama, full of passion, determination, humour and rehabilitation.

 

The Locked Room by Kathryn Attwood

(5m, 7f or 4m, 5f with doubling) Autumn 1951, and acclaimed actress Irene Trevarrick is enjoying a triumphant return to the London stage following the death of her husband two years earlier. Behind the scenes however, Ivy Little is harbouring a scandalous secret from Irene’s pre-war past which will have a devastating effect on the latter’s carefully nurtured reputation and career. But a shocking incident forces Irene and Ivy into self-imposed exile in France and the truth about their relationship only comes out some fourteen years later when Irene, now suffering from cancer, returns to England for treatment.

 

The Long Winding Road by Tony Layton

(5m, 3f) It’s 2008 and the Bramhalls, a northern middle-class family, have arranged a family reunion. Until now the family has seemingly been in balance and has perhaps enjoyed a degree of financial and social success. However, it soon becomes apparent that from this day forward their lives will never be the same again. An Army Captain with PTSD, a business in severe financial straits, and repossession of the family home, all conspire to cause tension and despair.

Drama Play Script: 'The Midnight Raiders' by Bettine Manktelow

The Midnight Raiders by Bettine Manktelow

(4m, 4f) An historical drama requiring just one simple set, it's a play suitable for both youth and adult groups, that takes place on the Kent coast in 1817 at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. A mysterious traveller arrives at a local hostelry seeking shelter. The inn landlady reluctantly accepts him as a guest, but before he can settle down for the night he is disturbed by survivors brought from a shipwreck on the Goodwin Sands, in the persons of a young lady and her maid who were en-route for Ostend. Thereafter, the plot unravels as it becomes clear to the traveller that he has chanced on a ring of smugglers and wreckers, determined to thwart and destroy anyone who stands in their way.

Drama Play Script: 'The Railway Children Lady' by Derek Webb

The Railway Children Lady by Derek Webb

(4m, 4f, 1Jnr-f) Forever remembered as the author of ‘The Railway Children’ and a host of other children’s books, Edith Nesbit was testimony to the maxim that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover as she was a contrast of the bohemian and the conventional. This play looks at her life over three decades, from her childhood, to her first taste of success, to a period when she remarries and, one hopes, she eventually finds true happiness. We meet the people in her life, the influence they had on her, and she on them, exploring her strengths and frailties, and what drove her to be such an influential and successful author.

The Revolutionaries by Phillip J Hoberman

(18m, 6f) Large Cast
An important moment of history is highlighted in ‘The Revolutionaries’. The theme of the play is the fight for power around the time of Lenin's death and takes place in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Lenin knew he was dying and was concerned about who might be his successor. He favoured Trotsky, but as history tells, Stalin was very much in the way.

Drama Play: 'The Seagull' by Anton Chekov adapted by Chris Chambers

The Seagull by Anton Chekov adapted by Chris Chambers

(7m, 5f) Simon loves Stella, Stella loves Kit, Kit loves Nina, Nina loves Boris, and Boris loves Irina…and Nina. And that is the problem! Kit’s love for Nina is sorely tested as she falls for his mother’s lover. The ensuing narrative, keenly crafted by Chekhov, leads to a tragic end. Chris Chambers’ re-envisioning of Chekhov’s masterpiece is an amusing and sometimes cheeky 21st century adaptation. Anyone interested in the great works of Chekhov will be familiar with the story of a family, their friends and their lovers, one destined for greatness, some for inevitable heartbreak, and one for a very sad end indeed. 

Drama Play: 'The Young Diana' by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

The Young Diana by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

(1m, 3f) Adaptation of a novel by Maria Corelli. Diana, in order to escape the heartbreak of being jilted, stages her own death in order to start a new life. She allows herself to be a guinea pig to a scientist who plans to turn her into an immortal and beautiful heroine, with unforeseen consequences.

Drama Play: 'Vendetta!' by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

Vendetta! by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

(1m, 3f) A classic costume revenge drama. In the plague-ravaged Naples of the late 19th Century, a man is mistakenly buried alive. Returning home he discovers that his wife and best friend have been lovers for some while and that they are celebrating his death. The play follows his astonishing plan for revenge.


Drama Play Script: 'Wedded Blitz' by Phil Mansell

Wedded Blitz by Phil Mansell

(3m, 2f) Recovering alcoholic and novelist Jack is battling writer’s block, impotence and the temptation of the bottle. Driving him to drink are a lustful wife, a cantankerous father, and an angry ex-wife who’s never forgiven him for putting their marriage in a best-selling book. Things come to a head when he meets his ex to discuss their son’s future – and sees his wife out with another man. 

Whispers To The Moon by Kris Bauske

(2m, 2f)
Marcia found her one true love in Monaco while she travelled there from her home in America for her grandmother's funeral. Too bad she was already married and so was he. Somehow they made it work by meeting in the same place at the same time for two weeks every year, but now in their happy golden years

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