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No Smoke

    by Derek Webb


Drama Play Script: 'No Smoke' by Derek Webb

Paul Taylor is a music teacher who is accused of sexual assaulting one of his students. 

The play opens with us hearing a violin lesson being given to a teenage girl, Ella Scott.

Subsequently her mother, Jennifer, finds that Ella has posted on her Facebook page that she has a crush on Paul, which rings alarm bells with her. She talks to her friend, Amanda, who says its probably nothing, and advises her to discuss it with Ella before doing anything, but Jennifer is convinced that there is something going on between Paul and her daughter. A conversation with another friend, Gemma Hewitt, exacerbates the situation and Jennifer reports Paul to the police for sexual assault, even though Ella denies anything has happened.

The situation quickly snowballs with a local paper reporting the alleged offence. Pauls girlfriend, Karen, has to endure Pauls tirade against what he sees as the injustice of the situation; a tirade that escalates to the point where he physically attacks Ellas mother. And, just when he thought things couldn’t get worse, another of Pauls pupils comes forward to accuse him of sexual assault...


50 mins approx


(2m, 4f)

  • Paul Taylor - 30s-40s, violin tutor
  • Jennifer Scott - 30s-50s, Ella’s mother
  • Amanda Cunningham - 30s-50s, Jennifer’s friend
  • Karen Sheppard - 20s-30s, Paul’s girlfriend
  • Gemma Hewitt - 30s-50s, Jennifer’s friend
  • Damien Wheeler - 30s-50s, reporter

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