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One Act

Absurd

Absurd Play Script: 'A Little Box Of Oblivion' by Stephen Bean (One Act Festival Winning Play)

A Little Box Of Oblivion

  Winner - Wales Final Festival of One Act Plays : 2013 (Solva Players)
  Finalist - 34th British All Winners Festival (NDFA) : 2007 (Rushen Players)
  Winner - Warwickshire Play Festival : 2007 (Abbey Players)
  Winner - BEST COMEDY, Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival : 2006, Australia (Jally Productions)
  Winner - BEST ORIGINAL PLAY, All England Theatre Festival (North East Heats) : 2005

(1f, 4m/f) apx 40 mins
A woman puts a box down next to a stranger in a park, giving strict instructions before she rushes off, not to move, knock, tilt or open it. Passers-by offer suggestions as to what's inside, and what should be done with it - is it a bomb, a packet of deadly anthrax or perhaps a severed head? At last, exasperated by these highly opinionated people, the stranger shakes and rattles the box, only to be berated by the returning woman, who reveals all, much to their embarrassment.
Absurd Play Script: 'Mediocrity' by Anton Krueger

Mediocrity

  Winner - BEST COMEDY, Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival, Australia : 2007 (Jally Productions)
  Finalist - British All Winners NDFA, Woking : 2006 (Phoenix Theatre Company)
  Finalist - British One Act Drama Festival, Perth : 2006 (Phoenix Theatre Company)
  Winner - Welsh National Drama Festival : 2006 (Phoenix Theatre Company)
  Winner - AMFEST Festival, Wits Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa : 2002

(4m, 1f, 1m/f) apx 35 mins
Kenaf has just learnt that he's about to die and his life changes dramatically as he finally stands up to his domineering wife, the bullying brute and the condescending Doctor. British and Australian versions available.

Voices In The Rubble

  Winner - BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION, Dramafest 2015 (Irish Theatre Players, Subiaco, Western Australia)

(3m, 1f) 45 mins
Tony comes home from work to tell his wife that he’s been fired for being caught ‘in flagrante delicto’ with his secretary, and Avril thinks she just killed the postman; but then again it could be a case of mistaken identity. What unfolds is the story of a cheating husband, a want-to-be-away wife, love affairs, dreams of travel, dead bodies in a fridge, and more. Here we have forty years of marriage neatly compressed into 45 minutes.


Black Comedy

Black Comedy Script: 'A Woman Of Uncertain Age' by Maggie Dealey

A Woman Of Uncertain Age

  Winner - BEST NEW WRITING, Buxton Festival Fringe : 2003

(1f) apx 35 mins
Ruth is in her forties. She travels with baby Eve, a slowly dwindling mountain of baggage and a distinct lack of self-esteem on a somewhat fraught train journey to see her grown-up son. We hear the story of Eve through Ruth’s inner thoughts and outer utterances in this bitter-sweet comedy of lost love and lost luggage.
Black Comedy Play Script: 'Like Us' by Stephen Bean

Like Us

  Winner - BEST ORIGINAL PLAY : All England Theatre Festival (North East Heats) : 2006

(2m, 5f) apx 40 mins
Whilst waiting in a doctors' surgery in a rough part of town, Pippa, a well-spoken woman complains to the loud-mouthed Tracey and Monica who had been vigorously discussing their affairs for all to hear. Now rather antagonised, the two women try and discover why this posh person needs to be here. After quite some prevarication, it transpires that Pippa has been the subject of serious mental and physical abuse by her lawyer husband, a fact that immediately aligns her with Tracey who has suffered similarly.
Black Comedy Script: 'Two Sisters' by Caroline Harding

Two Sisters

  Nominated - Manchester Evening News Award (Best Play) : 2006

(2f) 50 min or 60 min versions available
Dark secrets hidden in the grey mists of time are reluctantly revealed in this excellent black comedy, set in a small village in 1880's Russia. On the bizarre discovery of an empty coffin in Anya's lodgings, she and friend Sonia are goaded into recollecting some things they'd rather forget from their earlier years.

Comedy

Comedy Play Script: 'Exit Right, Running' by Tony Layton

Exit Right, Running

  Highly Commended - Drama Association of Wales, Annual Playwriting Competion : 2000

(4m, 3f) 45 mins
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: 'Sharks In The Custard' by Tony Layton

Sharks In The Custard

  Winner - Drama Association of Wales Annual Playwriting Competition : 1997

(4f, 3m/f) 45 mins
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.

Stay'd For

  Winner -NDFA, Best New One Act Play Award, 2014

(3m, 1f) 50 mins
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.
Comedy Play Script: 'The Ladybirds' by Tony Layton

The Ladybirds

  Winner -Anstruther-Gray Drama Competition(SWRI Finals) - Shiskine Drama Group - 2010

(9f) 45 mins
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.
Comedy Play Script: 'Vanessa And The Vanguard' by Anton Krueger

Vanessa And The Vanguard

  Nominated - AMFEST Festival, Wits Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa : 2000

(2m, 1f) 45 mins
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.

Drama

Drama Play Script: 'Conkers' by Alice M Underwood

Conkers

  Winner - Geoffrey Whitworth Award for New Writing, 2012

(3f) apx 50 minutes
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?

Drama Play Script: 'Honeymoon Suite' by Tony Layton

Honeymoon Suite

  Finalist - AETF Finals, Harrogate : 2015 (The Athelstan Players with 'Something Old, Something New')

(4m, 3f) 3x1 Act each apx 50 mins or 1x3 Act apx 150 mins
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 Script: 'Life, Below Zero' by Chris Mondoux

Life, Below Zero

  Winner - BEST PRODUCTION, Virginia Theatre Associations Community Theater Festival, USA 2013
  (The Troubadours Community Theatre Group)

(4m, 2f) apx 50-55 mins
“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: 'Lucy In The Sky' by Tony Layton

Lucy In The Sky

  Finalist - ADCI / DLI All Ireland One Act Festival, Dundrum, 2016 (Breffni Players)
  Finalist - NDFA All Winners Drama Festival, Woking : 2009 (Wilstead Players)
  Winner - BEST ONE ACT PLAY (Female Cast) : Drama Association of Wales : 2000

(4f) apx 45 mins
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: 'Play On Words' by Tom Crawshaw

Play On Words

 Winner - Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing, 2007
 Nominated - Best Comedy & Best Production by a Young Company, Buxton Fringe, 2006

(3m, 2f) apx 60 mins
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. The story follows Fred and Eddie, two unwitting halves of a comic double-act, whose day at the office is interrupted by mysterious disembodied voices from behind the walls and the discovery of a familiar carved sharpener. Their day of crossword solutions soon becomes a race against time to save their long-lost friend Jen, facing cross words, theatrical tricks and a briefcase full of dried fruit.
Drama Play Script: 'Reverie' by Tome Crawshaw

Reverie

 Nominated - BEST NEW WRITING, Buxton Fringe, 2010 

(2m, 3f) apx 60 mins
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.

Thriller / Mystery

Thriller Drama Script: 'A Quiet Life' by Stephen Bean

A Quiet Life

  Winner - BEST ORIGINAL PLAY : All England Theatre Festival (North East Heats) : 2003

(1m, 3f) apx 45 mins
Ten thousand pounds in grant money has been stolen from the Village Hall committee and although Fred Jackson is a retired policeman, his instincts are still razor-sharp. It's unlikely to be Allison, the recently arrived newcomer to the village, but has Joan, the treasurer, dipped her fingers in the till, or does Audrey, the 'local girl made good' and now Chair of the Committee know more than she's letting on?
Thriller Drama Script: 'Fate's Thread' by Stephen Bean

Fate's Thread

  Winner - BEST ORIGINAL PLAY : All England Theatre Festival (North East Heats) : 2004

(1m, 4f) apx 45 mins
Susan suffers a fatal accident caused by her husband, Jack. She meets Alice and Harriet in the graveyard who, also being dead, have to persuade Susan to reconcile herself to the fact that she has been been murdered. Can they do this, or will Susan be forced to spend the rest of eternity in the Sea Of Lost Souls? Fates Thread is a ghost story. It's a murder mystery, and a light comedy. It's a race against time to save a soul.

Two Act

Comedy

Comedy Play Script: 'Peter Pantelyne, Esq' by Stephen Beab

Peter Pantelyne Esq

  Winner - BEST ORIGINAL PLAY, All England Theatre Festival (North East Heats) : 2007

(4m, 2f) 
Based on the medieval French play featuring Pierre Patelin, this play is a comedy involving trickery, lust, avarice and getting one’s just deserts, in which respect it retains the original theme of morality. In the play we meet Peter Pantelyne, a trickster who live on his wits, his spirited wife Gloria, a dim motor mechanic called Cooksey and a despicable pawnbroker who has about every vice known to man. Caught up in the middle of this motley bunch is the Judge, initially a victim of the pawnbroker, but who turns the tables in spectacular fashion. The play contains a fight scene and some (optional) nudity.
Comedy Play Script: 'Stand And Deliver' by Janet Shaw

Stand And Deliver

  Winner - AUDIENCE AWARD, Wakefield Drama Festival : 2009 (JABA Players)

(4m, 10f)
In a small Maternity Ward, Sister Mitchell and Nurse Walker have to contend with four pregnant women and their other half's (or mother in one case) each with different reasons for being pregnant and different views on births, deaths and marriages. It may sound like an unlikely setting for a comedy play, but Janet Shaw has a talent for turning the most incongruous situation and poking fun at it, or the people in it. Great fun!

Comedic Drama

Comedic Drama Play Script: 'Something Tells Me' by Ed Tasca

Something Tells Me

  Finalist - Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Waterford, Connecticut, USA), National Playwright's Competition : 2014

(2m, 2f)
Marsha lives with her sister Bess, with Marsha providing the income and Bess the house. When Bess invites her ex, Ray, to come and join them temporarily, a tension rises over who may or may not be after Ray. The narrative explores the tensions we create between our conscious and subconscious drives, and how, in either case, we manipulate those around us.