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Black Comedy

Black Comedy Play Script: 'Four Thieves Vinegar' by Christine Foster

Four Thieves Vinegar by Christine Foster

(2m, 2f)
In the sweltering summer of 1665, the Black Death sweeps through London. Prisoners in Newgate, believing they are doomed, indulge in drunkenness and debauchery. But a young alchemist believes he has a sure-fire remedy and begs his cellmates to help him make it. Unfortunately, the missing ingredient is gold, something they have no hope of obtaining without the only currencies they have at their disposal: sex, wit and lies.

Black Comedy Play Script: 'Silent Running' by Paul Norman

Silent Running

(3m, 1f)
Harry Falcon runs his entertainment agency like he runs his his life - on a downward spiral. His grip on both is weakening as each grip of the bottle of Scotch strengthens its hold on him. Befriended by one of his female acts, he tries to rekindle his emotional side, but it is too late; she is spoken for, and his body and mind are way past redemption.

Comedic Drama

Comedic Drama Play Script: 'Le Grand Return' by Alan Stockdill

Le Grand Return by Alan Stockdill

(3m, 1f) Prize Winner 
It’s 1994 and the 50th anniversary of D Day looms. Tommy, Alf and Edwin are incarcerated in Coldrick Nursing Home and, despite of his ever-worsening heart condition, D-Day veteran Tommy is determined to break out and re-join his old comrades on the Normandy beaches. But how will they all get out… and what will happen along the way? This gentle comedy drama is about love, remembrance, war and peace.

Moving In And Taking Over by Dougie Blaxland

Winner: The Pomegranate Theatre New Play Festival, Best New Play, 2004
(2m, 2f) Set in a northern English town, the play tells the story of Luigi Martello an Italian born cafe owner who refuses to sell his premises which are central to a global corporation’s expansion scheme. In spite of support from a local newspaper reporter the demise of Luigi’s business seems inevitable when the self-seeking Chairman of The Council throws his weight behind the corporation’s plans. The discovery of a Roman Villa beneath the foundations of Luigi’s cafe, however, brings an unexpected turn of events and raises serious questions about heritage, empire and ownership.

Comedy Drama Play Script: 'The Invisible Man' by Derek Webb

The Invisible Man by HG Wells adapted by Derek Webb

The thought of invisibility, and the advantages it could bring to someone, is one which has captured the imagination of millions since the classic HG Wells’ story was first published in 1897. 'The Invisible Man' has been adapted many times for the screen, but rarely for the stage. This brand new, fast-moving, very funny adaptation has all parts from a vicar, to a pub landlady, to a tramp and to the Invisible Man himself - fifteen characters in total, played by just three actors.


Sunking by Nick Wilkes

(3m, 1f) It’s tough trying to stay afloat. Daniel and Max, two guys at a crossroads in life, facing change, comparing what they want out of life with what is reasonable to expect, and not liking the compromise. All this and a supermarket trolley dumped in the duck pond - but is it half underwater or half sticking out? Like them, have you ever had that ‘Sunking’ feeling?


Drama Play Script: 'Between Friends' by Carolyn Pertwee with Rosalind Adler

Between Friends by Carolyn Pertwee with Rosalind Adler

(1m, 2f) The past stalks the present in this gripping drama set in the near future with the world in a state of flux. Helen and Paul have escaped to the comparative calm of Esher, where they’re happy.  Pretty much. Their two girls are settled in school and it’s good to grow your own vegetables. Helen has their future all mapped out, unaware that their lives are about to implode when Laura, an old friend from another life, turns up unannounced on their doorstep...

'Call Me Dusty' - a play with music about the life of Dusty Springfield by Derek Webb

Call Me Dusty  by Derek Webb

Small Cast Version: (2f, 1m) Large Cast Version: (6m, 6f min)  Without doubt the finest white soul singer of her era, Dusty Springfield is for millions the definitive pop diva. Her lifestyle was the stuff of legend – and great drama. Misunderstood and often misquoted, with her relentless quest for perfection and refusal to compromise, Dusty Springfield led a tormented life culminating in a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol abuse and self-harm – but, despite all that, she produced tremendous music which still ranks as some of the finest of its kind. The actress playing Dusty does not have to sing, all the tracks played are recorded songs.

Drama Play Script: 'Chasing Ibsen' by Caroline Summerfield

Chasing Ibsen by Caroline Summerfield

(3f) A tightly written contemporary psychological drama for an all-female cast, that deals with the betrayal of friendship through deceit - inspired by Henrik Ibsen's stage play 'A Doll's House' and the paintings of  Edvard Munch. Lizzie Fairweather's husband Bob has died under mysterious circumstances and when the insurance loss adjuster, Mr Kingsland comes calling, we are drawn into the pursuit of the true circumstances surrounding Bob's death. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Or was it murder? Which of the three friends knows the answer?

Drama Play Script: 'Confessions Of Honour' by Gerry Hinks

Confessions Of Honour by Gerry Hinks

(2m, 1f) 50 years after the battle of Epernay where Frederick Salisbury won the Victoria Cross on August 28th 1944, he is attending a special ceremony at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, to present his medal to the Staffordshire Regiment in which he served during the Second World War. The unexpected arrival of an old German soldier Wolfgang Meissler has an unsettling effect on Frederick and a feeling of unease ensues as he tries to work out the reason for his visit. What connection does Wolfgang have with Frederick? How does he know such much about Frederick and his past? Does Wolfgang hold a secret that could upset the carefully laid procedures of the day?

Drama Play Script: 'e-baby' by Jane Cafarella

e-baby by Jane Cafarella

(2f) This play tackles the sensitive and heart-rending issue of surrogacy. Catherine is a privileged Australian lawyer living in London. In her mid-40’s, she has endured 18 cycles of IVF and is now desperate to have a child. Nellie is her surrogate, a feisty, honest, God-fearing redhead from Boston, Massachusetts. It is in parts funny, bitter-sweet, topical and raw with well-developed, multi-layered and clever characterisation, and paints a picture of the longing and heartache that is suffered by both women, but for different reasons.

 Drama Play Script: 'Is There Anybody There?' by Martin Paul Roche

Is There Anybody There? by Martin Paul Roche

(3f) When Sue meets Ann, an employee of her late husband, she finds a soul mate in more ways than one. And following a chance conversation about a psychic medium, she hatches a plan. A laugh. The chance to drink, to joke and to make fun with impunity of those who she sees as pathetic for trying to contact their dead relatives: laughing at the expense of those who pursue the question: “Is there anybody there?”

Drama Play Script: 'Never Any Fruit' by Dougie Blaxland

Never Any Fruit by Dougie Blaxland

Winner: The Watermill Theatre, Raising New Voices, Best New Play, 2010
(1m, 1f) The compelling story of two young people who form an unlikely but intense attachment in the face of impending tragedy. Jack, a brilliant but autistic young mathematician, and Isla Rose, a struggling actress who can barely write her name, are brought together in desperate circumstances for last ditch clinical trials of an untested drug after conventional medicine has failed to cure life-threatening illness.

Drama Play Script: 'Painting From Memory' by Hilary Spiers

Painting From Memory  by Hilary Spiers

(2m, 2f) Louis Mackay, iconoclastic painter and artist, died a tragic early death in a freak accident. His widow, Sheila, elder daughter Frances and disturbed younger daughter Bridget (Bird) have all come to terms with his death in different ways. Bird is the spiky, sparky centre of this play which explores the tensions in a fractured family. When a resurgence of interest in Louis’s career and works leads a biographer to start writing the story of the artist’s life, the three women in the family have very different motives for wanting their own picture of Louis to be portrayed. 

Drama Play Script: 'Past Forward' by Carolyn Pertwee

Past Forward by Carolyn Pertwee

(2m, 2f) Can the past ever let us go? Liz and Tom Fielding are poised to change their present life by selling up and moving to the coast for a brave new future, little knowing that a chance meeting with Sam Rutland, a long lost friend from their youthful past, will challenge the very foundations of their lives. What happened all those years ago when Sam shared their flat in those heady carefree days? Why is Liz so desperate to keep Sam and their daughter apart, and then so anxious when they not only meet at the family home, but become lovers?

The Audition by James Johnson

(2f) Strong Content
How far will an actress go to get a part? How far does the Director need to push? A psychological drama exploring the relationship between Director and actress at an audition where the normal rules and etiquette have been dispensed with. A most unusual play.

Drama Play: 'The Young Diana' by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

The Young Diana by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

(1m, 3f) Adaptation of a novel by Maria Corelli. Diana, in order to escape the heartbreak of being jilted, stages her own death in order to start a new life. She allows herself to be a guinea pig to a scientist who plans to turn her into an immortal and beautiful heroine, with unforeseen consequences.

Drama Play: 'Vendetta!' by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

Vendetta! by Marie Corelli adapted by Gillian Hiscott

(1m, 3f) A classic costume revenge drama. In the plague-ravaged Naples of the late 19th Century, a man is mistakenly buried alive. Returning home he discovers that his wife and best friend have been lovers for some while and that they are celebrating his death. The play follows his astonishing plan for revenge.

Whispers To The Moon by Kris Vosler

(2m, 2f)
Marcia found her one true love in Monaco while she travelled there from her home in America for her grandmother's funeral. Too bad she was already married and so was he. Somehow they made it work by meeting in the same place at the same time for two weeks every year, but now in their happy golden years, is it finally time to say goodbye?


Murder Mystery Drama Play Script: 'Murder By Default' by Bettine Manktelow

Murder By Default by Bettine Manktelow

(2m, 2f) 
After a few unexpected deaths at a theatrical retirement home, one of the retired actor residents starts to suspect that the deaths have been stage managed to conceal the true reason behind them. Who is the mysterious Dr Sampson, why has nobody ever seen him, why does he only certify deaths in the middle of the night, and what part does the exceptionally helpful warden play in the affair?

Thriller Play Script: 'The Haunting Of Billop House' by Joe Simonelli

The Haunting Of Billop House by Joe Simonelli

(2m, 2f) apx 110 mins
When a famous thriller novelist & playwright pays a weekend visit to his sister-in-law, his niece and his niece's boyfriend he gets a little 'too close for comfort' to his subject matter! His sister-in-law is the new caretaker of one of the oldest (and allegedly most haunted) manor houses in New York state.  Through a series of experiments in past life regression they all discover the diabolical secrets of the house.