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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.

 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 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.

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.

Drama Play Script: 'A Necessary Death' by Trevor Smith

A Necessary Death by Trevor Smith

(4m, 3f) approx 45 mins
Helen, an apparently neurotic, pregnant housewife, has recently become widowed following the death of her husband, Sean. The reasons for her apparent neuroses are revealed as guests arrive and leave her house following Sean’s funeral. Helen has a letter from Sean; she has read it and has been pondering its contents. What messages has Sean left and how will they affect Helen?

 

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.

Drama Play Script: 'Answer' by Adam Colclough

Answer by Adam Colclough

(1m, 1f) apx 35 mins
A contemporary play about Mark and Grace, a young couple who find themselves caught up in a frighteningly tense situation that is becoming all to familiar in our biggest cities. How did they get there? Will they survive?Answeris set in the present and the past and centres around a number of phone calls. A stripped back production both raw and honest in presentation. No barriers, the bare bones. Just the stage, the performers and the audience with minimal fuss. Making theatre accessible. No restrictions.

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: 'Bentley, Road To Justice' by Bev Clark

Bentley, Road To Justice by Bev Clark

(1m, 2f plus an ensemble) 45-50 mins
On 28th January 1953, Derek Bentley was hanged for the murder of a policeman, even though Chris Craig pulled the trigger. Derek’s sister Iris campaigned for forty years for his full pardon. This is her story.  A one act docu-drama for a large ensemble with adults or senior youth.

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.

Drama Play Script: 'Casualties Of War' by Rebecca & Michael Tildesley

Casualties Of War by Michael & Rebecca Tildesley

(3m, 3f) 50 mins
In early 1919, Peter arrives at a recuperation ward in England, suffering from a psychological condition from his time at the front line. There he meets Edward, a corporal who has received a life changing injury, Giles, a young private who is struggling with severe shell shock and Sister Cross, a caring but emotional nurse who is willing to stand up to the overbearing matron. As the play progresses we learn how their experiences at the front have changed these 'casualties of war' forever.

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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!

Drama Play Script: 'Dear Mother' by Mark James

Dear Mother by Mark James

(2m, 1f or 1m, 1f, 1jnr-m) apx 50 minutes
Follow Thomas from a boy at the start of the 20th century on his first holiday away from his parents, through to a young man caught up in the spoils of the Great War. See how the innocents of youth are torn apart in the harsh realities of warfare, missing home and facing the loss of childhood friends. Told through letters back to home, 'Dear Mother' is a gripping and honest dramatisation of life in the trenches.

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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.

Drama Play : 'Huff Puff' by Shari Gledhill

Huff Puff by Shari Gledhill

(2m, 2f) approx 30 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.

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 by Paul Sherman

(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.

Drama Play Script: 'Loss' by Bill Snell

Loss by Bill Snell

(3m, 3f) 40 mins approx Prize Winner
A poignant war time drama, ‘Loss’ explores the strains on the marriage of Billy and Mary when their eldest son is killed. This loss is exacerbated by the fears of losing their only surviving son who is now involved in the conflict. Billy and Mary struggle with grief and fear and their relationship suffers dramatically. We follow their attempts to deal with their loss and their constant dread that another ‘telegram’ may arrive.

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 Funny Valentine' by Derek Webb

My Funny Valentine by Derek Webb

(1m, 2f) apx 45 mins
It’s Valentine’s Day and Chris gives his wife Nicola some saucy undies as well as a card on Valentine's Day, with the hope of spicing up their marriage. Then, in the post, she gets another card from someone called Stuart who doesn't seem content with just sending a card... 

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.

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