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Drama Play Script: 'A Clandestine Operation' by Phil Mansell

A Clandestine Operation by Phil Mansell

(2m, 2f) 40-45 mins
In a room two men are keeping watch on the world outside through a keyhole. Their objective: to observe and infiltrate the mysterious proceedings taking place beyond the door. Two things stop them from succeeding – their inability to open the door and the unexpected arrival of a knife-thrower’s assistant. With their mission facing failure there follows a desperate bid to shift the blame and avoid the terrible consequences. 
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A Higher Education by Angela Pressland

(2m, 2f) apx 1hr 45mins - Two Act split 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.
 Drama Play Script: 'A Frank Exchange' by Nicholas Marsh

A Frank Exchange by Nicholas Marsh

(4m, 2f) approx 45 mins
As a Dutch police employee absorbed into the wartime Nazi organisation, Helena Claassen is already under pressure as  someone with nationalistic sympathies.  To worsen matters, the German inspector has a charm that can undermine the most resolute of subjects, and Helena finds herself having to make an impossible choice.

A Life Unspoken by Bev Clark

(4m, 3f) approx 45 mins
In this short play, Brenda, a sixty year old woman, is the narrator. With flashbacks to times in her past, she is trapped in a loveless marriage with a secret she has never told. Haunted by tragedy and guilt, she finds forgiveness can bring freedom. “Years of waiting – hoping that my proper life would find me”. With six other characters (and doubling is possible), this is an ideal play to enter into a play festival.

 

Accident Of Circumstance by Ron Nicol

(3m, 4f, 6m/f  or 2m, 4f with doubling) approx 45 mins
John suspects that people are plotting against him and his GP diagnoses him as schizophrenic. A highly intelligent man, he analyses his illness and the treatment he’s enduring, and ‘knows’ there’s nothing wrong with him. During a lengthy stay in hospital his encounters with a doctor who seems baffled by his illness and he become increasingly fraught. His relationship with his wife Ellen disintegrates, their marriage breaks down, and his turbulent and increasingly difficult existence only ends when sudden death releases him from his pain. A drama based on actual events and told in John and Ellen’s own words.
 Drama Play Script: 'All Of The Monkeys' by Michael Park

All Of The Monkeys by Michael Park

(4m, 2f) approx 45 mins
A run-down zoo has attracted the attention of trainee animal rights activist, Danny, aka 'Tiger'. His aim is to free the monkeys from their cage, but his attention is diverted when he meets Carol who is hiding from her abusive husband. Her plight leads him to turn his attention to persuading her to break free of her own personal cage. Whether he succeeds or not is the theme of this play, which handles modern-day issues in a sympathetic way.
 Drama Play Script: 'Another Life' by Derek Webb

Another Life by Derek Webb

(2m, 2f, 2m/f or 2m, 2f with doubling) approx 45 mins
Mary has cancer and knows she only has a limited time to live.  For her, travelling to Switzerland to end her life with dignity is the only way.  Her husband and friends are as supportive as they can be, but Mary is pragmatic and realistic about her decision.  With touches of wry humour, the play ultimately is a celebration of a life.

Axis by Anton Kreuger

(5m, 1f, 8m/f) apx 50 mins
The title of this play comes from George W. Bush’s declaration soon after the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, that there exists an “Axis of Evil”, a shadowy conspiracy which is, presumably, out to destroy the “Allies of Good”. The play explores the role the media play in terrorist activity, and is set around a rather absurd, but plausible, situation of terrorists setting up a talk show between a hostage and his kidnappers. With a topical and tense plot, 'Axis' is very much a story of our time.

Baggage by Bev Clark

(2f) approx 45 mins
Two women meet at a bus stop in early December. Sandra, a busy wife and mother with a rather demanding family, is feeling the strain of their demands and the onset of the menopause. Annie is a homeless woman with a terrible secret she has carried for many years: A tragedy so immense that Sandra realises how lucky she is to have her family, despite all their problems. Both women discover that friendship is a precious thing and this Christmas it will be the greatest gift of all.

Belle Fontaine by Nicholas McInerny

(1m, 2f) approx 60 mins
Every year Gregory Saxon, a travelling Salesman with a textile factory, visits an isolated and reclusive religious community where they buy their material for the year. Today he has turned up to deal with Sister Iris, as she bakes bread in the kitchen. But he has arrived at a moment of crisis – with Sister Louise in the Meeting House nearby, praying to God for guidance.  Everybody is confronted with a crisis of faith.
Drama Play Script: 'Caddying For Godot' by Phil Mansell

Caddying For Godot by Phil Mansell

(1f, 3m/f) 40-45 mins
On a barren, post-apocalyptic golf course two caddies await the return of the golfers who may or may not have retired to the club house. This homage to Samuel Beckett’s classic play was short-listed in the Hole In One Act Play Competition which was held to celebrate the Ryder Cup being held in Newport in 2010. 
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Chalk And Cheese by Sandy Taylor

(1m, 2f) apx 35 minutes
Sylvia is a well-educated middle-class girl. Jo is her polar opposite, raised on a council estate, the youngest of a large family whose life experiences are limited.  Sylvia advertises for a flat mate and Jo answers the advert and two girls from very different backgrounds become unlikely friends.

Confessor's Gate by Nicholas McInerny

(1m, 2f) approx 60 mins
In an Oxfordshire village church graveyard, two elderly sisters – Hattie and Relda – are trying to reconcile after a life spent apart.  Both alone and childless, their attempts to reach a point of resolution are tested by Relda’s friendship with an autistic child – Milo. As Hattie becomes more convinced that Milo’s influence is malign, she provokes a crisis that ends in violence – and a new possibility of new beginnings for them all.

Conkers by Alice Underwood

(3f) apx 50 minutes Prize Winner
A mother and daughter, estranged for seven years following the mother’s sudden desertion from the family home, meet unexpectedly in a health spa. Amidst an atmosphere charged with resentment and angry recrimination is reconciliation out of the question?
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Curtain Call by Keith Trezise

(2m, 3f) apx 30 minutes Prize Winner
A group of actors takes over an abandoned theatre in an annual tribute to their colleague who they lost in a tragic motoring accident ten years ago. They begin rehearsals whilst trying to locate the elusive Elaine, but with no success. Finally, Elaine reveals herself to them and reveals a whole lot more than they had bargained for!
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Duplex by Keith Trezise

(2m, 2f, 1m/f) apx 50 minutes
This play deals with those darker issues that crop up in everyday life that seem to have the sole purpose of destroying us or everything we work so hard for. Sometimes though, it’s working too hard that brings on the issues in the first place. Paul and Judy try and make sense of the crazy world around them in a drama that builds up in tension throughout, just to hit you in the face as the curtain closes.

Drama Play Script: 'Exit Routes' by Liz Turner

Exit Routes by Liz Turner

(6f) apx 70 minutes
Six female factory workers dream of escape, but when the lottery win delivers only peanuts, reality strikes back. Taking every day as it comes and sharing jokes and insults, can their group spirit  stand up to the shocks of betrayal and theft - and does lightning ever strike twice?
Drama Play Script: 'Feeding The Ducks' by Michael Park

Feeding The Ducks by Michael Park

(1m, 1f) apx 35 mins
Successful businesswoman, Clare, has a secret romantic assignation in the park, but the only person around when she arrives is Billy, a young man feeding the ducks. Little does she realise the impact this total stranger is quickly going to have on her life. Billy is a simple soul who has, through a combination of circumstances, discovered a connection between the termination of his mother’s employment and the relationship between Clare and her lover, with whom she has a business relationship too. Simple to stage and combining drama with humour, this is an ideal play for groups with limited resources and has a successful record as a potential award winner at drama festivals.

Drama Play Script: 'For The Love Of Sarah' by Tony Layton

For The Love Of Sara by Tony Layton

(5m, 4f adult, 1f junior) apx 40 mins
Ben is a patient in a psychiatric ward. As he is being questioned by Carl, a psychiatrist, the landscape of Ben's family life emerges. The centre of his life is his love for his daughter, Sara, who was born brain damaged. There is a horror in Ben's life that he can't face up to, but ironically, it is this same horror that has the effect of dramatically changing Sara's life.
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Forget It, It's History by Mark Henderson

(2f) apx 25-30 mins
Cora Smith, approaching middle age, has ceased to take care of herself. She’s sitting in her dilapidated flat, drinking. Someone knocks at her door and announces herself as Julie Diggins. Julie knows that Cora was once a different person with a different name and starts to question her about the half-forgotten past. Why does it interest her?
Drama Play Script: 'Going Home' by Ron Nicol

Going Home  by Ron Nicol

(3m, 6f) apx 45 mins
It’s the end of the college term, and all Mr Mac wants to do is go home. Then his department head demands he consider early retirement, a colleague asks him to alter examination results, he misunderstands the motives of one of his students, and is assaulted in his classroom – with disastrous consequences.
Drama Play Script: 'Heaven's Paradise' by Derek Webb

Heaven's Paradise by Derek Webb

(2m, 2f) apx 50 mins
After a failed business venture, Ann and Michael Hampton decide to take a recuperative break on Lundy Island. While there, Ann becomes totally fascinated by the history of the Victorian owners of the island - the Heaven family; leading to consequences that neither of them could foretell...

Honeymoon Suite by Tony Layton

(Min 2m, 1f; Max 4m, 3f) 3x1 Act each apx 40 mins or 1x3 Act apx 120 mins Prize Winner
Three linked plays that explore the reasons why three couples have booked into the honeymoon suite at a country hotel. Two of the three are just married - for one it's barely six weeks since they met, the other couple though have known each other for twenty years. Why so soon? Why so long? The third couple are not married, at least, not to each other. This and a secret discovered, casts a shadow over their weekend. Francis, the genial, Irish hotel porter links all three plays with his homespun philosophy and his 'see nothing', 'get you anything' attitiude to his valued guests.
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Huff Puff by Shari Gledhill

(2m, 2f) approx 45 mins
Ralph wakes up in an abandoned warehouse. He is battered, bleeding and seemingly terrified. It seems he is being kept prisoner by three people intent on justice. He tries to convince him he is no rapist. Just a family man. Julie seems to be wavering but Shona, the ringleader, is determined to act out a violent form of justice. As the storm passes, we realise that Ralph is the big bad wolf after all. 
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I'll Be Bert by Bill Cronshaw

(1m) 60-65 mins (Two Act split possible)
A one man play telling the true story of Bert Trautmann, the ex-German paratrooper, who went on to play for Manchester City as goalkeeper, and who famously broke his neck but carried on playing, in the 1956 Cup Final. This incongruous tale is lovingly recounted by the Actor as the various incidents and accidents take place to Bert Trautmann in his rise to footballing fame.

Kilmainham Kids

(3m adult, 3m, 3f juniors) 50 mins approx
The play is set in Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol, in the 1850s. Six children (ages 10-16) have been imprisoned for nothing worse than trying to stay alive by stealing bread and clothes. One of them has a grievance about another, and demands ‘a trial’. Enter Con Colbert, a 1916 uprising rebel, sentenced to be shot. He spends his last moments with the children and affects them all. After his execution, the neat 'time-twist' is revealed that links the two events.

Landfall

(3m, 5f) 55 mins approx
A modern-age fairy-tale about the North Star being tricked out of the sky and stumbling into a family’s life, changing them forever. The idea of some supernatural being falling down to Earth and helping change the lives of us mere mortals is a powerful myth that resonates down human history. It is a heart-warming story about love, friendship, and how the world needs to work together to survive.

Life, Below Zero

(4m, 2f) apx 50-55 mins Prize Winner
“Jonathan, I need you to trust me, I need you to understand that your life at its absolute most difficult is nothing more than a faint flash of light in the universe”. With these words Michael tries to put into perspective the anguished life that Jonathan and through him, his wife, Sarah, have been living since the death of their toddler son. He blames himself for the boy's death, but a force far stronger than one man's possible lapse of judgement is gradually revealed by Michael, until the beginning of a release for Jonathan takes shape. The play is a fascinating contemporary work that aligns our material life with all its torments and tragedy, to the promise of at least some guiding force, working with humanity.
Drama Play Script: 'Lions Of England' by David Weir

Lions Of England by David Weir

(2m, 2f) 40-45 mins
Will Foster will shortly receive the 'Lion Of England' award for bravery, in front of a live TV audience. But the producers have just realised Will is a man with a past. The kind of past that a hero just can't have. With five minutes to air, it's time to change the story.

Lucy In The Sky by Tony Layton

(4f) apx 45 mins Prize Winner
Three women seek shelter in an inner city hostel for the homeless. On this cold winter night, each has a different reason for being there. Two of them are having to come to terms with recent events which have shattered their lives. The other cannot forget her failing because once a year for fifty years she has been vividly reminded.

Drama Play Script: 'Movers' by Tony Layton

Movers by Tony Layton

(4m, 2f) apx 40 mins
Four removal men are clearing the large Cartwright house on the hill, a once powerful industrial dynasty, now reduced to bankruptcy. The play is a symbol of all our destinies - the great can crumble and the weak can survive, especially if they are sustained by a sense of humour. We all have our tragedies, we usually survive, and life moves on. If you have the ability to laugh at yourself, it helps.
Drama Play Script: 'My Second Best Bed' by Barry Syder

My Second Best Bed by Barry Syder

(1m, 3f) apx 45 mins
It has generally been believed that Shakespeare cared little for his wife which was endorsed by his strange bequest to her as his final legacy. This delightful piece of theatre makes one reconsider by providing a highly plausible explanation. A self-righteous Curate arrives to read Shakespeare’s will to the family, and, as his eldest daughter Susanna already knows its contents, she is well prepared to explain the reasoning behind it.
   
Drama Play Script: 'Once An Actress' by Tony Layton

Once An Actress by Tony Layton

(1f) apx 40 mins
Bored with her factory job, Sara attends an audition and is amazed when she gets a part. Through this catalyst she attends drama school and afterwards lands an acting job touring Welsh schools, both of which provide her with valuable new life skills. Her bubble is burst though, when she gets no more acting jobs and has to retrun to the factory. A superb single-hander for a competent actress.

Play On Words

(3m, 1f) apx 60 mins Prize Winner
A moving tale of friendship, a knock-about farce of quick-witted punning and a surreal blend of theatre and reality - all mixed into one truly unique theatrical battle between Stoppardian wit and Beckettian calamity. In 2007, Tom Crawshaw's script for 'Play On Words' won the Oxford University New Writing Festival and he was awarded the Cameron Mackintosh New Writing Award.

Remembrance Day by Tony Layton

(5f) Apx 40 mins
Leanora - a 'difficult' patient, has been moved from one nursing home to another, and the new staff are not too happy with her. During a visit by her daughter and grand-daughter, some family skeletons are revealed. Forced into a corner by all around her, Leanora decides it is time to tell the 'truth' behind the rift.

Reverie

(2m, 3f) apx 60 mins Prize Winner
James embarks on a quixotic adventure to harness the power of his dreams and live forever. But once you’ve opened the door to infinite possibilities can you ever truly live in the real world? A funny, poetic and bittersweet tale of love, perfection and flying too close to the sun.

Ship Of Fools

(4m, 1f) Apx 50 mins
In the middle of the 19th century, a desperate group of starving villagers wreck a ship that holds no food or money, just society's unwanted - a ship full of fools. This sharply dramatic play tells their story. It was initially envisaged as an allegory of the arguments against Care in the Community (ie the abandonment of seriously ill patients and the lack of round the clock care) however the period setting allows for various other readings.
Drama Play Script: 'Something Beginning With C' by Tony Layton

Something Beginning With C by Tony Layton

(8m, 6f) Apx 40 mins (Can be doubled down to 3m, 3f)
Mike Carter is a 'Jack the Lad'. Life is a game of 'beer and skittles', and marriage and its associated responsibilities of fatherhood are not on his agenda. However, life has the habit of throwing up the occasional cruel hand, and one of these is dealt unexpectedly to Mike. On a visit to the Doctor, he is told he has cancer, 'the big C', and although he tries to carry on as he has before, he begins to realise that there is more to life than 'pints of beer and pulling birds'. Through his adversity Mike faces up to his own mortality. A deeper appreciation of life is awakened in him as he seeks out the one person who can make him happy.
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Such A Blessing by Liz Dobson

(1m, 2f, 2m/f) Apx 45 mins
After 25 years of marriage Bert and Dora Lewis’s prayers were answered when they became parents to Carol who, now an adult, has been seriously ill in hospital. Bert and Dora have been called in to speak to the Doctor, expecting to hear news of her recovery. However, his news is about to destroy their lives when DNA tests have proved that neither Bert nor Dora are Carol’s biological parents. With their lives in tatters, it’s unthinkable that further revelations could lead to total devastation for the family, but that is indeed what lies ahead. 
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The Audition

(2f) 60 mins (Full Length version available) 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.

The Brown Felt Hat by Tony Layton

(8f) Apx 40 mins (Could be doubled down to 6f)
Ann (and her daughter, Beth) arrive in 1942 from Wales, to escape the bombing and work in her sister Pat's hotel. The work is demanding, and Pat works them hard. Each of the women has a battle to fight and fears to conquer. The brown felt hat is a symbol of good times, of well-being, of self esteem and of magical escape. It is a prop which helps the wearer to escape the ugliness of war.

The Café Sirocco by Tony Layton

(3m, 2f, 1m/f) Apx 40 mins
Henry and Melissa, an unhappily married middle-aged couple, have each arranged a secret rendezvous with would-be lovers. Unfortunately, not only have they chosen the same restaurant, but their new lovers work together in the same office. Lying and deceit are used by the couple to bolster their hum-drum lives, tactics which soon unravel when the two couples inevitably encounter each other.
Drama Play Script: 'The Condor And The Maiden' by Dermot Murphy

The Condor And The Maiden

(3m, 3f) Apx 65 mins
When Pedro gets back to Bolivia from Argentina he tells Lucía, his sister-in-law and her daughter, Clarisa, they must get off his long absent brother’s land. Lucía is determined not to give into him, but she is pregnant by his younger brother, Domingo, and owes money to an NGO. A hail-storm destroys her crop of flowers, and Pedro is abusing Clarisa. Maritza, the community worker, shows her how she can keep her house and her land.
One Act Drama Play Script: 'The Difficult Crossing' by Andrew Wild

The Difficult Crossing by Andrew Wild

(1m, 1f) 30-35 mins
In The Difficult Crossing, a man is asleep and acting out his dreams; a woman is awake and voicing her fears. As their stories unfold and intertwine, we learn that they share the same common cause and, ultimately, that they will find each other. There is scope in the production of this piece to add considerable directorial vision.
Drama Play Script: 'The Man Who Collected Women' by Ron Nicol

The Man Who Collected Women - a Sherlock Holmes story adapted by Ron Nicol

(2m, 5f) apx 35 mins
When the unscrupulous Baron Gruner persuades impressionable heiress Violet de Merville to marry him, Lady Hilda Damery approaches Sherlock Holmes for help. With the assistance of Mary Watson, underworld contact Annie Johnson and the Baron’s discarded mistress Kitty Winter, Holmes comes up trumps. Despite being assaulted and left for dead, he steals Gruner’s diary of conquests and prevents the Baron adding to his collection of betrayed women, while Kitty takes her own drastic revenge.

The Massacre by Elizabeth Inchbald

(6m, 3f, 3m/f) 60 mins Part of Our Regency Repertoire
Riots have led to a bloody genocide in the metropolis; the violence is quickly spilling beyond the city walls and engulfing the provinces. Trapped inside their home, one rural family must decide what action to take: to fight, to flee or to throw themselves on the mercy of their aggressors. Their debate and consequences of their actions are a thought provoking insight into the nature of human violence and mob mentality: what choices do we really have when, on both sides, fear and hatred have taken hold?
Drama Play Script: 'The Mazarin Stone' by Ron Nicol

The Mazarin Stone - a Sherlock Holmes story adapted by Ron Nicol

(2m, 4f) apx 35 mins
Countess Natalia Sylvina steals a fabulous diamond – the Mazarin Stone - and Sherlock Holmes determines to get it back. In the absence of Doctor Watson, Holmes requests the assistance of Watson’s wife Mary. Countess Sylvina and her strong-arm man Sam Merton confront the great detective in his consulting rooms at Baker Street. The Countess believes she has the upper hand, but is tricked by the use of a dummy into revealing the whereabouts of the precious jewel. Mary arrives with the police, the villains are arrested, and Holmes returns the stone to Lady Cantlemere.

The Never Ever Cafe by Xenia Orphaindes

(2m, 1f) Apx 50-55 mins
You wait for that special someone to turn up and then one day ... just when you think it's another usual day, an unexpected stranger arrives to turn everything upside down. A story of two people meeting in a run down cafe; but this is not just an ordinary meeting, it is a conflict of two classes coming together, trying to make peace.
One Act Drama Play: 'The Seventh Suitcase' by Phil Mansell

The Seventh Suitcase by Phil Mansell

(3m, 2f) 45 mins
Underneath the bed of a sleeping old man are already a lot of suitcases, so when another is innocently delivered by Tim to earn a bit of cash, downstairs, the old man’s women friends become very inquisitive about why they keep arriving and what’s inside them. They persuade Tim to take the case keys from around the old man’s neck and open one up to see what’s inside, but the old man wakes up. Can Tim persuade him that all is OK? Regrettably not, and downstairs, another man arrives with a suitcase.

The Truth Untold

(5m, 4f; min cast of 6) Apx 60 mins
Two close school friends meet again in later life. One is a Minister in the Coalition Government, the other a social services manager. They face each other from opposite sides as controversy rages over the death of a child in care.
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Thicker Than Water

(2m, 4f, 1m/f) Apx 30-35 mins
Five siblings from a dysfunctional family meet in a hospital waiting room to visit their mother during her final hours. As the evening progresses, old family disputes come to the surface, secrets are revealed and after a chance encounter, they finally realise that blood really is thicker than water. 
One Act Drama Play: 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes'

Walk A Mile In My Shoes by Liz Dobson

(1m, 2f) 45 mins
Following the death of their mother, Sue and Mary begin to clear out the box room in their father’s house. In order to protect their grieving father from more distress, they persuade him to go out while the job is being done. While sorting through old boxes containing shoes, handbags, photographs and old documents, they find some love letters; the contents of which threaten to destroy the precious memories they have of their mum. Unbeknown to them, their father returns unexpectedly and overhears them reading the letters and has to decide how much information he is prepared to share with his daughters, in order to protect their late mother’s memory.

Drama Play Script: 'When A Man Knows' by Alan Richardson

When A Man Knows by Alan Richardson

(1m, 1f) 45 mins
A man sits alone in a chair. He is hooded, handcuffed and chained. He thinks he is alone, but discovers he is being held captive by an unknown woman. Why? The disturbing truth is chillingly revealed in a powerful two-hander that offers challenging and demanding roles for experienced actors.

Windfalls by Nicholas McInerny

(2m, 1f) approx 60 mins
A young and impressionable Priest, Henry Cobb, has just finished a Funeral on a bitterly cold February afternoon when he is confronted by Simone. At first, he has no idea why she stands before him in the Vestry and tries to placate her. But then he learns she was the partner to Duke, a violent criminal whom he visited in prison leading up to his suicide. Simone wants to know if anything he said to Duke led to him taking his own life – and the two are set for a harsh and brutally tender revelation.