Tired of not being able to cast plays?
HELP HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!
Playstage Senior plays have plenty of lead roles for actors aged 40 – 70+
Playstage Senior was formed in the UK in 2008 by playwright Lynn Brittney and friends and now our plays have been performed by English-speaking drama groups all over the world.
Unlike other companies that offer play scripts, Playstage Senior is committed to offering new plays that contain good parts for older actors, because we understand the needs of most amateur dramatic groups! The plays contain some younger parts but the majority of the roles are for actors aged forty and beyond (sometimes way beyond) – and not a Zimmer frame in sight!
We have comedies, dramas, murder mysteries, period costume plays – all in one act and full length formats – and we are adding new plays to our catalogue all the time.
And not only that but we have some of the cheapest licence fees in the business. Performing one of our plays is not going to break the bank, no matter how small your venue.
Where you can find our plays
In the UK and Europe
- All of our plays are available in reading sets at local drama libraries in the UK. If they are not, then please let us know and we will endeavour to make sure that the library in question is fully supplied as soon as possible.
- Alternatively, you can buy a copy from this website. It's cheap, it's quick, and, if you live in most parts of the UK, we don't charge you any postage. If you live in Europe we ask for a contribution to postage.
Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia
If you live in this part of the world then our agents,
PO Box Q1235, QVB Post Office, Sydney
NSW 1230 Australia
Ph: +61 2 8514 5211 and +61 2 8514 5201.
Fx: +61 2 9299 2920
can supply you with scripts and licences. Under our agreement with ORiGiN™, we will no longer be supplying scripts and licences to that region from the UK.
Everywhere else in the world
You can buy print ready pdfs of Playstage Senior plays, which can be downloaded to your computer, providing you FIRST download, sign and return, as an email attachment, this Copyright Form. Once we have received this form, you can then order in the regular way, on the website, as though you were ordering the printed books. We will then match up your order with the signed Copyright Form and send you the relevant pdf/s as an email attachment. If you are not in a hurry, then just order the books in the regular way.
Price rises in 2016
We are sorry about having to put our prices up a bit this year but those customers who come back to us time and time again know that we haven't put our prices up for 5 years, even though our costs have risen in that time. We are still cheaper than most other play publishers, however, and we still won't charge you postage and packing, unless you live outside the UK, in which case we have to ask you for a modest contribution towards air mail.
How to apply for a licence
Click apply for a licence to go to the application form. There are two options. You can fill in our application form online and submit it to us electronically or, if you live in the UK, you can click on the link provided, which will take you through to a form that you can print and mail to us. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRINT VERSION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR DRAMA GROUPS WHO ARE OUTSIDE OF THE UK.
Whichever version you choose, your application will be processed and you will receive an invoice from us requesting payment of the licence fee. If you want to pay online, use the automated licence application form. If you are based in the UK and want to pay by cheque, mail us the printed version of the form.
Professional performances and foreign translation rights
Any company or publisher interested in the above should contact Playstage Senior by using the contact form on this website. All fees and sales of rights are subject to negotiation.
SEND US YOUR NEWS!
We have a news page – so send us your posters, pictures of rehearsals, local reviews and we'll put them on this website. If you have applied for a licence and give us enough warning, we can even put an advert for your show, free of charge on the News page. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
FINALLY – a word to aspiring playwrights
Many people have sent us manuscripts and, sadly, they have demonstrated that they do not understand what sort of play we are looking for neither, in some cases, do they demonstrate any understanding of professional writing or the accepted play format.
BASIC ERRORS WE DON'T LIKE:
- You don't put your name, address and contact details on the front of the script
- You don't number the pages
- You think that 12 pages of dialogue is enough for a one act play
- You think that a play is written like a film script, in short scenes, with camera instructions … it's not
- You don't understand that most amateur drama groups can't cope with a play that has a cast of thirty people and twelve scene changes
- You ignore the fact that we publish new writing for older actors and the cast of your play, apart from one elderly butler, is under the age of 25
- You think that all plays about older people have to be either set in retirement homes, be about dementia or terminal illness. We don't like depressing our customers.
If you want to write for us – read some of our plays, or any plays, really. A full length play is as difficult to write as a novel. You have to write strong characters, a good plot and devise a hook at the end of Act 1, that will stop people walking out in the interval, and a good ending that will make people applaud not boo.
If you can demonstrate those skills then, by all means, contact us.