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A Family Affair by Christopher Owen

(1m, 2f), 45 mins Prize Winner
The comedy is set in Dilys and Brian’s dining room in their house in a small town in Wales. They and Dilys’ sister Miriam are having Sunday lunch. Dilys and Miriam are sisters who have always been jealous of each other especially where men are concerned. Brian, Dilys’ husband, is caught in the middle. However, it turns out he has a few surprises up his sleeve.

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A Quiet Night In by Tony Edwards

(2m, 2f) 40-50 mins - A play in the 'Frank And Aggie' series
Money is tight in the Spratt household, so Aggie decides to stop Frank and Monica from going out every evening and squandering their money. She wants a quiet family night in, with games, stories, and a chance to speak about their precarious relationship. After much protesting from Frank and Monica, they start the games, but then the interruptions start, from telephone calls to visits from roving Evangelists. All this accumulates in so much noise and mayhem, that Aggie pays them all to go out for the night!

Comedy Play Script: 'A Town Like Deadwood' by Tony Layton

A Town Like Dead Wood by Tony Layton

(14m, 16f, 7m/f) - but plenty of scope for doubling, 60 mins
A pastiche of 'Under Milk Wood' in which we see the life of the town reflected through cameos of various characters. The brief glimpses we have of their lives is enough to leave us with the clear impression that recession is having its effect on the community. However, as long as you have a group of people holding on to the remnants of their society, you will always have intrigue, complex personal relationships, sex … in fact everything you find in life’s comedy.

Comedy Play Script: 'Accommodation Haunted' by Alan Richardson

Accommodation Haunted by Alan Richardson

(1m, 3f) 40 mins
When Brian finds himself on an unexpected visit to a property letting (or real estate) agency for ghosts, he realises he is encountering a death changing experience. But even in the next life, you can still have a laugh and a spot of romance.

Bedlam by Jack Felton

(2m, 2f) 50 mins
A middle aged couple, George and Suzie, struggle with an ordinary, everyday event, in this case buying a new mattress. The ordering and paying last week was easy … now comes the hard part, waiting at home for the delivery man to arrive. When George finds out they’ve delivered it next door, his blood pressure takes a turn for the worse as he alternates between frustration and rage in his dealings with the supplier to get it redelivered. A common problem, experienced by most of us!

Comedy Play Script: 'Beggar Your Neighbour' by Ron Nicol

Beggar Your Neighbour by Ron Nicol

(2m, 2f) 50 mins
Mrs Freebody has copied every detail of Mrs Lightfoot’s living room - or has she? Then Mrs Lightfoot reports the disappearance of her husband and twelve children. Mrs Freebody is responsible - or is she? Constables Boulter and Cadbury investigate, and are just about to make an arrest for kidnapping, body snatching and mass murder when the truth is revealed.

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Branching Out by Keith Trezise

(1m, 2f) 50 mins
Three intrepid eco-warriors take up positions in a condemned tree with the sole purpose of saving it from the road developer’s axe. Only one of them, Pauline, is truly there for the tree’s sake, and even she’s on a deadline of her own. Rachel is there for the publicity it will bring her, and Derek turns up because he fancies Rachel. Are their convictions strong enough to actually save the tree?

Comedy Play Script: 'Bright Lights' by Alan Richardson

Bright Lights by Alan Richardson

(1m, 2f) 40 mins
Renowned critic Gerald Thornwood is feared in theatre-land. His vitriolic reviews can close a show and he exploits this power by routinely seducing young actresses on his promise of a favourable mention. But on the verge of another conquest, he’s confronted by an ex-actress who paid the price of spurning his advances. He’s been lured into a sting, but Gerald is not easily stung. Caustic exchanges ensue as truths, lies and revelations rebound in a bitch-fest with three substantial and rewarding roles.

Comedy Play Script: 'Bunkered' by Phil Mansell

Bunkered by Phil Mansell

(3m, 2f) 40-45 mins
Business is bad at Tom’s run-down crazy golf course and the Igloo Ice Cream where his friend Kath works. All the holidaymakers are going to the spanking new pleasure beach at the other end of the bay. All looks lost until ageing hippy dropout and sandwich board man Dylan comes to the rescue.

Comedy Play Script: 'Butter Side Up' by Maggie Dealey

Butter Side Up by Maggie Dealey

(2m, 3f) 55mins
Breakfast is served at Chuckfarthing House. Which is tough when you have hangover and you’re the one who has to serve it. Will the organic grapefruit be worth the wait? Will the newly-weds ever make it down to breakfast? Will the past always come back to haunt you? Find out in this poignant comedy.

 Comedy Play Script: 'CCTV' by Derek Webb

CCTV by Derek Webb

(3m, 1f)
In the security control room of The Oaks shopping centre,  Rich is coming on duty for the night shift, relieving Alex and Jane, two other guards.  It is, it seems a ordinary evening at The Oaks – until the arrival of Keith, a robber of quite breathtaking incompetence, intent on robbing the shopping centre...  Easily staged with some extremely funny scenes, CCTV has been a big hit in one-act festivals. 

Comedy Play Script: 'Celebulite' by Derek Webb

Celebulite by Derek Webb

(1m, 3f)
We live in a celebrity-obsessed society. So, when minor celebrities measure their success on how many times they have appeared on a reality TV show, and how often they are recognised in the street, what must it be like for them to lose their looks overnight? In 'Celebulite', we meet Victoria Ingram-Brown – who wakes up one morning to discover she has aged 20 years – and Russell, who has put on five stone. 

Comedy Play Script: 'Chairs' by Ron Nicol

Chairs by Ron Nicol

(6f, 1m/f) 35-40 mins
Marion, an enthusiastic young lecturer, is determined to foster better communication among the college staff. She enlists the help of her colleague Kath to re-arrange the chairs in the staff-room, hoping it will encourage the staff to talk to each other. Meanwhile, long-serving lecturer Mrs Douglas and newly-appointed Tessa become involved in a feud about where each should sit. Moving the chairs has unforeseen consequences; feelings are hurt and tempers rise, Kath gives up her job, and Mrs Douglas has a break-down. For some people, insignificant things can have an importance which others don’t always appreciate.

Connection Failed by Jack Llewellyn

(3m, 3f) 60 mins
The internet gave us social networking; our lives played out to invited guests. This play focuses on the lives of young professionals surviving the dating game, balancing relationships in full view of 'friends'. Everyone knows who you've poked!

Crazy Horses by Mark Norman

(7m, 2f, 2m/f) 60 mins Also available as a two act version
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 …

Comedy Play Script: 'Dirty Business' by Derek Webb

Dirty Business by Derek Webb

(1m, 2f) 50 min version
Cuts are on their way big time at the local County Council as it struggles to find ways to meet Government spending targets. Josie and Angela are cleaning the office of one of the Council's Department Heads one evening when they come across a file which seems to show that their jobs are on the line too. They also discover some incriminating evidence which seems to show the same Department Head is guilty of marital infidelity. Armed with this, they set out to try and persuade him to change his mind about some of the planned cuts.  But not everything goes quite according to plan... 

Exit Right, Running by Tony Layton

(4m, 3f) 45 mins Prize Winner
England in 1642 sees two actors fleeing from persecution as Royalists by Cromwell's men. As they try to meet their friend who will help them escape, they run into two 'ladies of the night' who recognise them as actors. Will they hold their tongues? Can they be bought? What revelation is one of the actors forced to make to the other?

Comedy Play Script: 'Flumes And Fumes' by John Bartlett

Flumes And Fumes by John Bartlett

(5m, 6f) 60 mins
Madcap mayhem, debauchery, lust and mistaken identity abound in this Commedia-style play set in 'Floaters Leisure Centre' just prior to an inspection by the local councillor, Mr Pantalone. Isabella, the Centre's Manageress, is in a flap; however her dysfunctional staff are not perturbed in the slightest. Add a good measure of lunacy to this theatrical pot of nonsense and you have all the ingredients for a crazy rollercoaster ride that builds and builds into an insane, ludicrous, climax that would not be amiss within the walls of Bedlam!

One Act Comedy Play Script: 'Flushed' by Ron Nicol

Flushed by Ron Nicol

(3f) 40-45 mins
It’s a singles night, and Jan and Meg are taking a break in the Ladies Room. Jan is criticising Tara, unaware that Tara is hiding in one of the toilet cubicles. When Tara’s presence is revealed a fight ensues and Jan confesses the reason for her jealousy. Then Meg discovers that the door to the room seems to be locked, and the succeeding series of mishaps and misfortunes ruins Jan’s appearance and assurance. Tara eventually manages to open the door, but on the threshold of escape they find that Meg is trapped in one of the cubicles.

One Act Comedy Play Script: 'Flushed Again' by Ron Nicol

Flushed Again by Ron Nicol

(3f) 40-45 mins
It’s Jan’s wedding reception, and Meg, Jan and Tara are taking a break in the Ladies Room. Feelings run high because Jan suspects that Tara was involved with new husband Mike. They find that the door to the room is jammed, and a succession of mishaps involving faulty wiring, leaking pipes, a rat and pieces of cake follow. Rescue is imminent when the lighting fails and the pipes burst, bringing a wet end to their miserable evening.

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Four Play by Keith Trezise

(2m, 2f) 50 mins
A ‘fifty-minute-farce’ in which Gary, whose marriage to Claire has all but finished, attempts to seduce, at his flat. the lovely Kate who he has just met in a pub. But Kate is married to Pete, who is Gary’s work colleague and who has arranged with Gary to stay with him next week to sort out his failing marriage. Claire has arranged with Gary to see if things can be patched up. The problem is that Pete, then Claire, arrive earlier than expected. What could, as they say, possibly go wrong!

Frank Sumatra  by Mike Yeaman

(1m, 4f) 45 mins
Performed in the style of a radio recording. Imagine Paddington Bear gone wrong. And not a bear.  Bev and Keith are a nice young couple who care about the environment. They pay 10 quid a month to sponsor an orphan orangutan in Sumatra.  They’re also trying hard for a baby.  Their world is turned upside down when their orangutan turns up on their doorstep and they find themselves parents to a large, hairy delinquent teenager. 

Comedy Play Script: 'Gilly's Gem' by Sandy Taylor

Gilly's Gem by Sandy Taylor

(1m, 4f) 45 mins
Gold digger Toby thinks he is on to a good thing when he amorously cultivates the attentions of rich and independent Gilly. But Milly, the live-in cleaner, and her friend, prove to be invaluable in finding a way of getting rid of him without upsetting the boss. Regular favourite as a festival entry.

Comedy Play Script: 'God Bless America!'' by Geoff Buckingham

God Bless America!  by Geoff Buckingham

(2m, 1f, 2m/f) 45 mins
In 2060 a hen-pecked husband from West London mistakenly enters the lottery to become the next President of the United States, and, to his surprise, he finds out he's won. With a wife who's dead set against it, a presidential aide desperate to find a replacement for the previous president who has mysteriously disappeared, and a mischievous interfering robot, the scene is set for complications, confrontations and comedy.

Comedy Play Script: 'Let's Be 'Avin' You!'' by Geoff Buckingham

Let's Be 'Avin' You!  by Geoff Buckingham

(3m, 5f, 1m/f) 45 mins
With the Police Station under threat of closure, the future there looks bleak; however, the country's most notorious criminal gang have moved onto the patch, and the stoic, but less than competent policemen, vow both to fight the crime wave, and to keep the police station open. Somehow they manage to stumble their way through to victory, but not without the help of the spinsters of the Ladies Knitting Circle.

Comedy Play Script: 'Living Doll' by Ann Gawthorpe & Lesley Bown

Living Doll  by Ann Gawthorpe & Lesley Bown

(1m, 2f) 45 mins
His mother’s death frees 39-year-old Kevin for a belated adolescence of football, takeaways and general slobbishness. Unfortunately Aunty Iris wants him to marry her Melanie. When a blow-up life-size doll from 1959 found in his parent's belongings comes to life and starts to nag as well, Kevin finds himself having to contend with two woman determined to stop him enjoying himself.

Comedy Play Script: 'Losing It' by Derek Webb

Losing It by Derek Webb

(1m, 1f) 45 mins
Jack is an actor who's lost for words. Now he's also lost his leading lady – and the way things are going, he's also losing the plot and he feels he might be on the verge of losing his mind too.  Things start off well enough until it's clear that Jack's other actor has not turned up. His attempt to keep the play going soon gets too much for one member of the audience who begins remonstrating with him then gets sucked into appearing in the play herself... 

Lucky Dip by Stuart Price

(2m, 1f) 60 mins
Meet two losers, Doug and Fran. You name it, they will compete for it - holidays, cars, spending vouchers, TVs, electrical goods and cash, cash, cash. But their drive for tangible reward masks their inability to relate to the rest of the human race until, finally, they compete against each other. The prize they win this time though, is each other's hearts.

Comedy Play Script: 'Man's View' by Derek Webb

Man's View by Derek Webb

(1m, 3f)
Three women, Carol, Ann and Judy, are having a reunion in a wine bar one evening. It’s the first time they’ve been together since leaving school. Carol is keen to impress the others. She is married to a successful publisher. What she fails to disclose is that he is a publisher of porn magazines. As more drink is consumed, secrets they have kept hidden for years emerge with disastrous consequences.

Comedy Play Script: 'More Tea, Vicar?' by Geoff Buckingham

More Tea, Vicar? by Geoff Buckingham

(2m, 8f, 1m/f) 40-45 mins
The Church in Botchington needs a new roof, but has no funds, so the bumbling committee of St Cedric's decide to organise a garden party and invite the leading morality campaigner and philanthropist, Lady Porchester, in the hope that she’ll make a sizeable donation to the roof fund. However. the Vicar's attempt to impress her with an announcement of his intended marriage backfires rather badly.

Comedy Play Script: 'Mr Perfect' by Alan Richardson

Mr Perfect by Alan Richardson

(1m, 2f) 35 mins
Fashion conscious and career driven, Liz has everything she wants... except a man. Her lifestyle demands the best, so why should she settle for less than Mr Perfect? Does he exist or is she chasing fantasy? A wickedly irreverent glimpse at the beguiling world of blind dates, personal ads, introduction agencies and single clubs

Comedy Play Script: 'Murder At The Cathedral' by Ron Nicol

Murder At The Cathedral by Ron Nicol

(3m, 3f) 40-45 mins
Henry King is furious that his Cathedral Players haven’t won anything at any drama festival since the defection of leading actor Tom Becket to the rival Priest’s Gate Drama Club three years ago. If things don’t improve, it could be the final curtain for Cathedral. Sally Knight and Toby Barron decide to do something about it, and Tom Becket disappears. Did Knight and Barron murder the Priest to please King? Is it curtains for Becket?

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