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The Ladybirds


    by Tony Layton

"Lively, irreverent and fast moving ... it works!"

George Owen, Drama Association of Wales

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

(This play has a sequel in 'The Ladybirds: Francesca Returns' but can be played on its own)

Customers in Australia and New Zealand should contact David Spicer Productions


Comedy Play Script: 'The Ladybirds' by Tony LaytonThe village drama group has lost all their men. The future looks bleak until a bright, young director, Francesca Delmarco, agrees to help them out.

She is professionally trained and she has a plan which will give the group a new lease of life. She persuades them to enter the 'Dame Agnes Wragg Festival of One Act Plays for an All Female Cast' with a play she has written herself.

Francesca's play is controversial; it concerns a lesbian couple who want to have a baby. When the word gets out, the vicar's wife, Agatha Frost, attempts to ban the production. However, The Players have their own way of dealing with misguided authority.


50 mins approx



  • Marge - officious, domineering, retired civil servant
  • Betty - quick witted, retired matron
  • Faye - aspiring actress who has missed the boat, an aesthete
  • Francesca - young director, enthusiastic and ambitious, angry
  • Julie - college girl with a fresh innocence
  • Babs - the general dogsbody
  • Agatha Frost - the Vicar's wife, Chair of the Community Council
  • Drama Competition judge
  • Jenny - a prize-winner (non speaking role)

Customers in Australia and New Zealand should contact David Spicer Productions

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