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The Jailhouse Frocks

    by Devon Williamson

We licence productions of this title in UK, Ireland & Europe only.
For other areas please contact Devon Williamson


Comedy Play Script: 'The Jailhouse Frocks' by Devon Williamson

It’s a rainy evening in America’s deep south and dim-witted Officer Dwayne’s tranquil evening at the Birchwood County police station is about to be shattered by the arrests of three unlikely women; the mayor’s wife, in a state of complete alcoholic breakdown, the local mad cat-lady, looking for somewhere to stay out of the rain, and a dangerous looking New Yorker who has managed to crash her car into the police station while speeding through town.

Officer Dwayne’s dream of making that career-defining arrest that will change the Police Chief’s low opinion of him, seems a long way from ever becoming a reality, as the unfortunate truth is he has his hands full trying to control his three lady ‘guests’ who are running rings around him.

The already chaotic situation descends into mayhem with the arrival of a New York gangster, disguised as an FBI agent, hell-bent on exacting revenge on his wife who is locked in the cell. Fortunately for the luckless Officer Dwayne, the three ladies in his jail tonight will make a dynamic and dangerous team if only they can learn to get along. By the end of the night, the ladies have formed a gang, sung some songs, escaped from jail and locked the gangster up in their place, leaving Officer Dwayne wondering how on earth he’s managed to make the arrest of a lifetime.

Described critically as “a bright, unabashed stage romp that’s a lot of fun right from the start and guaranteed to lift spirits", 'The Jailhouse Frocks' is a sure-fire comedy cracker.

The play features the songs 'Respect', 'Monster Mash', 'I Yi Yi Yi Yi' (I Like You Very Much) and 'Mummy Works Nights'.


110 mins approx


(2m, 3f)

  • Officer Dwayne Pope - late 20s to 50s, incredibly upbeat, optimistic and dim-witted
  • Cathy Monroe - 50s to 60s, Cathy has cats - a lot of cats, insightful one moment and half-witted and ludicrous the next, one thing she is not, is subtle
  • Elena Davidson - 30s to 50s, her entire identity is wrapped around her reputation as the Mayor’s wife, beneath her educated, highly strung and pretentious exterior is a woman trying to find her own place in the world
  • Gloria Romano - 20s to 40s, New Yorker with a tough exterior, street smart, quick witted and a shrewd judge of character
  • Tony Romano - 20s to 40s, New York mafia style gangster on the lam in sleepy Birchwood County with his wife Gloria, charming, menacing and very, very dangerous
  • Voice of the Chief - late 20s to 60s, may be pre-recorded, or delivered live by the actor playing Tony

We licence productions of this title in UK, Ireland & Europe only.
For other areas please contact Devon Williamson

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