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               COVID-19 Advice (issued 18 March 2020)

Given the current circumstances we've had a high number of groups make contact with us, and, due to the amount of effort put into rehearsals/marketing etc, most of them have so far wanted to re-schedule rather than cancel. We're not charging fees for any deferral of productions.

If you decide to postpone your production you probably won't know the dates for later in the year, or next year, yet, but please advise us nevertheless, and we'll issue a new temporary licence to show a date range of 2-3 months which you can then refine with us when the actual production dates are known.

Regarding cancellation: our administration fee will not be levied where you are forced to cancel your production.
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We will be unable to fulfil any orders for printed scripts for the foreseeable future. Any orders placed will be cancelled and a refund made.
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Once An Actress

    by Tony Layton



Drama Play Script: 'Once An Actress' by Tony LaytonWhilst working in a factory, Sara is persuaded by a friend to attend an audition. She is amazed when she is selected for a part - a lucky break that becomes the start of a short-lived acting career.

She recounts her experiences at drama school where she learns to explore her mind, to develop characters and to handle emotion. Buoyed up with landing her first acting job touring Welsh schools, we learn about her quickly developed talent for coping with the curious and fickle love life of jobbing actors on the road.

When the tour finishes, she returns home and waits for a call from her agent. Whilst waiting, she tells of the many auditions she has attended, and how success could have been hers "if only she would accept nude scenes". With no offers of acting work she turns back time and goes back to a mundane, but paid job, at her old factory.

This single-hander has the uplifting 'Educating Rita' element of a mature woman's intellectual 'rags to riches' tale, but leaves the audience with a distinct feeling of sadness from unexpected, but unfulfilled, ambitions.

Sold as two scripts in one volume (Dreams And Delusions (Vol 3) ...


40 mins approx



  • Sara - a thirty-something Liverpudlian


  • Dreams And Delusions (Vol 3)
    £6.99 Dreams And Delusions (Vol 3)
    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...
  • Preview E-Script ('Once An Actress' & 'A Bit Of A Do')
    £0.00 Preview E-Script ('Once An Actress' & 'A Bit Of A Do')
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
  • E-Script (Once An Actress' & 'A Bit Of A Do')
    £3.25 E-Script (Once An Actress' & 'A Bit Of A Do')
    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...
  • Script Copying Licence (Once An Actress' & 'A Bit Of A Do')
    £11.99 Script Copying Licence (Once An Actress' & 'A Bit Of A Do')
    If you've bought an e-script or a printed script, this licence permits you to make copies of it for rehearsal use.  PLEASE NOTE: The licence will be e-mailed to you as an A4 pdf file - it is not instantly downloadable...
  • Royalty Quotation Form
    £0.00 Royalty Quotation Form
    The rights to perform and record for all the titles in our catalogue (with exceptions) are managed by Stagescripts Ltd. A royalty fee must be paid: whether the play is presented for charity or for...