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Calling Time

    by Derek Webb


Black Comedy Script: 'Calling Time' by Derek WebbSynopsis

In the lounge bar of the local pub, these five linked short comedies all take place during one evening. They are all two-handers and vary from straight comedies to more thought-provoking ones.  A short intro and outro – in which we meet the landlord, Bill, and a barmaid (sorry, barperson) Tracy – bookend the five plays. 'Calling Time' is written to be performed by four actors performing all the parts, but can be played by a cast of up to 12. Similarly, the play allows for flexibility in length (from 30 mins to 60 mins). 

Provided the intro and outro scenes, together with 'Who's Joe?' are played, one or two other  scenes may be omitted to reduce the running time for use in festivals etc.  'Calling Time' has been performed many dozens of times and to great success in one-act festivals. 

“Worthy of comparison with Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions.”  Amateur Stage Magazine review


30-60 mins approx (depending on the script elements used)


(6m, 6f or 2m, 2f with doubling)

  • Woman 1: Caroline, Kathy, Tracy
  • Man 1: Bill, Adrian, Simon
  • Woman 2: Janine, Emma, Rebecca
  • Man 2: Paul, Tim, Joe


  • Preview E-Script (Calling Time)
    £0.00 Preview E-Script (Calling Time)
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
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    £3.25 E-Script (Calling Time)
    The full script provided as a pdf file for A4 size paper. You have a maximum of three attempts to download the file within a period of 30 days after the order date. You are licensed to print this once for your personal use...
  • Printed Script (Calling Time)
    £6.95 Printed Script (Calling Time)
    A printed script provided as an A5 paperback acting edition. You are licensed to use this for your personal use. If you want to make multiple copies for use at rehearsals, a Script Copying Licence is required in addition...
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