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Comedy Play Script: 'Now You See Me, Now You Don't' by Jane Lockyer Willis

Now You See Me, Now You Don't by Jane Lockyer Willis

(2m, 2f) 20 mins
Lionel and Rosemary are a long-married island couple have their portrait of Queen Victoria stolen one night by another islander. The picture has graced a wall in their home for many years and it's loss starts Rosemary bickering about Lionel's 'hallucinations' (he talks to Queen Victoria). When the thief reveals himself, they take the opportunity to consider whether to re-hang or replace the picture (ie a relationship metaphor for 'stay as we are' or 'start anew').

Comedy Play Script: 'Poor Yorick' by Phil Mansell

Poor Yorick by Phil Mansell

(3m, 2f) 40-45 mins
Yorick the jester is not dead – he’s on the road dying a death as he pioneers a new kind of comedy called stand-up. When this fails, he is persuaded by his tavern wench girlfriend Bess to return to Elsinore and get his old job back. But when he arrives he finds there have been many changes, and he becomes embroiled in Hamlet’s plans for revenge.

Comedy Play Script: 'Recital' by Christopher Owen

Recital by Christopher Owen

(3m, 2f) 40-45 mins
‘Temperamental’ Gillian is a concert platform singer. ‘Boring’ Trevor is her pianist and they’re on yet another tour. They have a concert to give tonight, but Gillian has a sore throat and Trevor has broken his wrist. In her hotel room, they desperately try to find another pianist but no one appears to be available. By the end of their quest, Trevor has done his back in and can’t stand up straight, and Gillian can’t speak. Disaster looms!

Revolution Society by Sarah Power

(4m, 3f) 50 mins  Prize Winner
This play was the winning play for 2012/13 in ‘FFShorts’ an international writing festival run by the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre. It's a comedy about being young and feeling frustrated with society, and then feeling frustrated at what a cliché being young and frustrated is. This political comedy is the story of a student Revolution Society, an extracurricular group annoyed at the system and wanting to change things, only without a concrete idea of what they want to change and how to go about it. 

RIP Mr Shakespeare by Bev Clark & Keith Hill

(5m, 2f, 1m/f) 50 mins
A one-act comedy homage to Shakespeare in a stylistic piece of energetic clown theatre. It is William Shakepeare's last night but he is haunted by dreams, which soon turn into nightmares. His disgruntled servant has re-written the plays and it all becomes a comedy of errors. ‘RIP Mr Shakespeare’ is physical ensemble theatre for all ages, allowing performers to discover Shakespeare in a fun way. Winner of 7 awards at the All England Theatre and National Drama Festivals 2016.

Rock 'n Soul by Freddie Jacobsen

(5m, 4f) 40-45 mins
Ever wondered what happens to a dry, drug-addicted, destructive, egocentric rock star when he arrives at God's golden gates? Of course you have! Infamous rock sensation Ed Brash has coarse manners, no cigarettes and just one week to prove to St. Peter that he deserves to be in heaven. But for someone who only remembers that ‘Charity’ is the name of a groupie he once slept with, and with Anne, the old-fashioned angel itching to catch him out at his first slip-up, Ed’s quest to prevent his eternal damnation could prove to be more difficult than getting tickets for his band’s sold out gigs.

Comedy Play Script: 'Roy Brown - Bard Of Margate' by Derek Webb

Roy Brown: Bard Of Margate by Derek Webb

(2m, 2f) 60mins
Roy’s back with his own inimitable take on Shakespeare. Roy decides to help out his mate Kev by producing Macbeth for Kev’s newly launched pub theatre: at the Shakespeare’s Head in Margate.  But this is no ordinary Macbeth.  According to Roy, his version is not only better than the original, but he’s cut out ‘all the boring stuff’ and made it a lot sharper and much, much shorter, and with a lot more jokes. Characteristically, he describes his latest play in one word: Awesome.

Comedy Play Script: 'Roy Brown: Bringing Back The Bluestones' by Derek Webb

Roy Brown: Bringing Back The Bluestones  by Derek Webb

(3m, 2f) 45 mins approx
If Scotland can get back the Stone of Destiny and Greece wants the Elgin marbles returned, why shouldn’t Wales reclaim the Stonehenge bluestones?  This is a comedy about the nature of bandwagons and our attitude to heritage, and how quickly a nation's imagination can be captured by what is in essence a ridiculous idea.

Comedy Play Script: 'Roy Brown - Untitled' by Derek Webb

Roy Brown: Untitled by Derek Webb

(2m, 2f) 50 min version
Roy Brown is a man always on the lookout for an easy way to make a living.  And modern art looks just the ticket... Seeing how much money there is to be made, and seeing how easy it looks to him, Roy reckons turning out a few pieces himself will be rather a doddle. Needless to say, encouraged by his friend Jane (and ably hindered by his mate Rhys) things don't quite go to plan.

Roy Brown And The Red Baron by Derek Webb

(2m, 2f) 50 mins
Roy Brown is a man on a mission: to make as much money as possible with the minimum effort. So, when his friend, Jane, enthuses him to research his family history, he discovers something of mind-boggling importance (to him, at least). It turns out that the WW1 flying ace who shot down the Red Baron was none other than Captain Roy Brown! And who else could this be but Roy's great, great uncle? Armed with this information Roy sees a future of fame and fortune stretching ahead of him... maybe.

Rude Awakenings by Nicolas Ridley

(4f) 45 mins
Everything normally runs so smoothly at the Little Gissing Art Group’s ‘Annual Exhibition and Competition’ in the village hall, but this year it’s all going wrong. There are mishaps, misunderstandings, all sorts of complications and some really very shocking revelations!  ‘Rude Awakenings’ is a comedy – with a tear or two – that revolves around the loves, lives and losses of four very different women. “A perfect piece ... captivating, funny and really quite moving.”

Sharks In The Custard by Tony Layton

(4f, 3m/f) 45 minsPrize Winner
The cleaning ladies in the municipal art gallery enjoy their work, but rumours of government cut backs threaten to upset their cosy regime. In the face of adversity they come up with a solution that not only secures their futures and helps to save the gallery, but also ensures that their lives will never be quite the same again.

Comedy Play Script: 'Slap And Tickle At The Pig And Whistle' by John Bartlett

Slap And Tickle At The Pig And Whistle by John Bartlett

(5m, 3f) 60mins
A story concerning the misappropriation of private love letters belonging to Isabella and Lelio and the debauched selfish interest of Pulcinella, the publican of 'The Pig and Whistle'. The crazy antics of Arlecchino, Colombina's quick thinking paramour and the thwarted, elicit love affair between Isabella and Lelio, all add up to a rollicking, uproarious comedy that crashes like a comic avalanche to it's ultimate conclusion.

Comedy Play Script: 'Soap Soup' by Tony Layton

Soap Soup by Tony Layton

(4m, 3f) 50 mins
A surreal comedy about Sammy, a scriptwriter who writes a TV soap, and becomes too involved with his characters. They attempt to influence the development of his weekly storyline, and when the script editor decides to kill off a few characters, Sammy and the characters in his head, take to the bottle in distress. Eventually, Hollywood beckons, with all the usual attractions of wife, kids and personal trainer, but will it be short lived?

One Act Comedy Play Script: 'Something to Hide' by Bryan Darby

Something To Hide by Bryan Darby

(1m, 5f) approx 60 mins
In this comedy of preconceptions (which is ideal for Ladies’ Drama Groups) Avis has that feeling that something about Peggy is just not quite right. She raises the subject with Phyllida, the Manager of the charity shop where she works, and it appears that she, also, feels that Peggy does not ‘fit in’. Of course, it isn’t just a matter of class. This is, after all, a charity shop and charity begins... But, something just has to be done when they find hard evidence to support their suspicions. That’s when the police become involved and their cosy world of Earl Grey and Vienna Whirls is never likely to be the same again. But then, we all have something to hide. Don’t we?

One Act Comedy Play Script: 'S.P.A.C.E.' by Bev Clark

S.P.A.C.E. by Bev Clark

(2f) approx 45 mins
Crazy is a woman lost in chaos trying to de-clutter her house and de-clutter her mind, but she is beset with regret, guilt and remorse. Her other half, Sanity tries to help but she can be rather bossy and uncaring. Can these two women come together in harmony? How do they deal with the trauma and pain of the past? Can they ever fill the boxes with all the rubbish that is stifling Crazy’s attempt to find some space? Can they find a way to support each other and face the unknown future?

Stay'd For by L J McTuggle

(3m, 1f) 50 mins Prize Winner
Are occupational skills and religious beliefs any use when an emergency occurs?  A teacher, an unpublished writer, a telecoms salesman and a dental clerk journey from Uxbridge to help a relative in Malaysia move his luxury yacht. It’s a comedy but not a farce: it asks relevant questions of our four protagonists who, for once in their lives, have truly strayed outside their comfort zones.

Stitched Up by Robin Johnson

(4m, 1f or 3m, 1f with doubling) 60 mins
Victor Frankenstein is recovering after his mental breakdown following the creation of his monster and with the benefit of hindsight, he sees that he was definitely stitched up. This comic take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein presents the young doctor considering his actions, pointing out plot holes in the original text and expressing disgust for the multiple films that followed the initial tale.

Comedy Play Script: 'Thank You For Protesting' by Paul Adam Levy

Thank You For Protesting by Paul Adam Levy

(1m, 3f) 25 mins
When a local government worker is tasked with replacing 'a thing’ on a street with another ‘thing', a resident sets out on what she thinks is the simple task of stopping him. What the unprepared resident discovers is a complex set of rules on protesting and housing policy. A high-tempo comedy on the subject of a citizen's right to protest and the cost of housing.

The 19th Hole by Tony Layton

(4m, 5f) 50 mins
In the modest club house of a quiet country golf club, one of the members, Freddie, has a problem which is putting him off his game. His wife, Muriel, appears to have run away unexpectedly leaving him to cope with the embarrassment of it all with his fellow golfers. Eventually, Muriel turns up and what she reveals shakes the club to the core. Things will never be quite the same again.

The Ladybirds by Tony Layton

(9f) 45 mins Prize Winner
The village drama group has lost all their men. The future looks bleak until a bright, young director agrees to help them out. The suggested solution at first shocks the straight-laced villagers, but then becomes the vehicle which gets the cash flowing back into the groups desperate bank account.

The Spy Who Came In For The Phone by Alan Richardson

(3m, 3f or 2m, 4f) 45 mins
It's the swinging sixties. Newly-weds Chris and Sally Taylor are in the process of moving into their new flat in London. Ron, a telephone engineer with a passion for paperwork is installing a new telephone, but the Taylors hadn't ordered a new phone, and once the phone is connected and they start getting some very strange calls, they soon wish they didn't have this one. They encounter a glamorous spy, not to mention calls from Dracula, John Wayne and a yellow zebra, and their ordinary day becomes crazier by the minute. An absurd play guaranteed to please everybody who hates filling out forms.

The Village Hall by John Bartlett

(9m, 8f) Four 30 min linked one-act plays (or play 2, 3 or 4 in combination)
That hallowed institution - the Village Hall, scene of unparalleled local country dramas is the setting for these four comedy plays. Each play stands up in its own right, but the quartet could be played together in many combinations. Each play features one or two main characters and their particular use of the Hall, a Jumble Sale, the Amateur Dramatics group, the scout's Gang Show and the Wedding Reception.

Comedy Play Script: 'The Worst Day Of My Life' by Alan Richardson

The Worst Day Of My Life by Alan Richardson

(1m, 4f) 45 mins
Charlie Brown's day in hospital begins very well. His devoted wife is at his bedside; a scene of conjugal bliss, that is until another female visitor arrives. When she reveals that she is also Mrs Brown, Charlie's got some explaining to do. As his previously secret life is hilariously disentangled, a third female visitor arrives, also claiming to be Mrs Brown. You'd think Charlie's day couldn't get much worse - but it does.

Comedy Play Script: 'Time For Ben' by Tony Layton

Time For Ben by Tony Layton

(3m, 3f) 50 mins
A highly unusual play in that the title role has no words to speak. Ben is a disabled teenager, severely handicapped and wheelchair-bound, having his eighteenth birthday complete with visiting relatives. Mark, Ben's father gets annoyed with Ben's uncle who doesn't appreciate both the sacrifices Mark has made, nor Ben's sense of humour which shines out like a beacon through the family quarrels.

Comedy Play Script: 'Untucked' by Teresa Hennessey

Untucked by Teresa Hennessy

(2m) 45 mins, approx Prize Winner
Two drag artistes, Irma Geddon and Dee Light, share a dressing room for the first time. One, an old hand; the other, a newcomer to the profession. Will the old-timer give the benefit of his experience, or jeopardise the fledgling’s first flight into the unknown? A bitter-sweet comedy of trust and jealousy; frocks and frills.

Vanessa And The Vanguard by Anton Krueger

(2m, 1f) 45 mins Prize Winner
The action for this unlikely comedy occurs in the sultry, smoky setting of a private and intensely personal investigation into the wherabouts of a missing person. The client is a remarkably beautiful woman, however, instead of the suave, gravel-voiced detective we may have come to expect, we encounter Orton T. Norton - a frenetic, obsessive, and somewhat eccentric private eye.

Whatever You Want by Ann Gawthorpe & Lesley Bown

(2m, 2f) approx 45-50 mins
A comedy about two marriages – Margaret and Ray, and Divora and Steve.  It’s a light-hearted look at two women friends nearing retirement, who both want more from life than their husbands do.  All four eventually live their dreams, but not in the way they expected.

Where There's A Will by Tony Layton

(4m, 3f) approx 45 mins
Reading a deceased relative's will is not easy at the best of times, and that's especially true if there are certain clauses in it that have to be met before the money can be distributed. The question is, have the relatives succeeded in meeting the requirements? If they have, was it all above board? Does that matter though, if there are other stipulations to be revealed that upset the apple cart?

Comedy Play: 'Wild Allegations' by David Barnes & David Leon

Wild Allegations by David Leon & David K Barnes

(3m, 3f) apx 60 mins
Theo, a cool seductress, and Alex, a vengeful nobody, conspire to destroy Matthew, a rising star of stage and screen. Why is this, when Theo is Matthew’s girlfriend and Alex is his brother? What could Matthew possibly have done to them both to make them turn on him? Slick, cynical and very funny, an emotionally intricate and wholly engaging dramatic comedy about self-deception and how we perceive those close to us.

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