We started our company in 2009 offering a diverse range of options for drama groups. These will be added to throughout the year. So please check in regularly to find out what's new!

How to read the information
There is a short description of each play, followed by cast numbers and ages, then a description of set requirements. Technical demands (sound effects, lighting and audio-visuals) are given a star rating, move your cursor over the red dots ? for specifics. One star denotes an undemanding technical plot (switch the lights on at the beginning of the play and switch the lights off at the end, virtually!). Five stars denote a play that requires more than one pair of hands to control all of the effects in the script. Finally, we give an approximate running time, without an interval.


NEW LATHERED UP
A comedy by Lynn Brittney

Lathered UpMagenta Place, a prime time TV soap, is in trouble. Ratings have fallen like a stone and the writers can't come up with any new plots. After some advice from Natalie Thorpe, leading lady of a rival soap, Grover's Avenue, and "The World's Most Famous Northern Woman", they decide to take some action and hire Sasha Martindale, a notorious Production Consultant. Sasha turns out to be an eccentric genius, whose drastic actions turn around the fortunes of the failing soap, but not without some casualties along the way. What follows is a ratings war between the two soaps and a whole load of devious and dirty tricks – not to mention the exposure of Natalie Thorpe's long-held secret! But is all as it seems? As the Executive Producer of Magenta Place says "I'm beginning not to be able to distinguish between reality and fiction anymore." To which the seriously bonkers Sasha Martindale replies "Why would you want to, darling? Life is so much more exciting when you abandon that ability!"

CAST: 10 women (6 aged 50+, 2 aged 60+, aged 30+, 1 aged 20+) and 4 Men ( 2 aged 60+, 1 aged 50+, 1 aged 40+) plus 1 woman and 1 man (offstage voices).

SET: One set. Set plan at back of script.

TECHNICAL: starstarstarstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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NEW A CONVENIENT MURDER
A Drama by David Summers

A Convenient MurderDaniel Harding, well-known anti-government activist, has been found dead in his study. The case looks suspiciously like murder and, because his brother-in-law is visiting at the time – and he happens to work for MI6 – a special investigator is called in, as it may turn out to be a matter of national security. Throughout the night, the family are questioned and cross-questioned. Many startling things come to light. Commissioner Halsted is faced with too many suspects and, even, the possibility of suicide. But when the pathologist telephones with his findings, it all becomes clear…

CAST: 5 women (1 aged 60, 2 aged 50+, 1 aged 30-40, 1 aged 20+) 3 men (1 aged 60+, 1 aged 50+, 1 aged 20-50).

SET: One set. Set plan at back of script.

TECHNICAL: starstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: One hour and ten minutes (without interval/s) (Three Acts)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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NEW FEEDEM FIGHTERS
A Comedy by Dorian Mode

Feedem FightersDaryl, a chubby soft drinks salesman, finds himself kidnapped by an urban guerrilla organisation called Feedem Fighters – a small group of obsessed individuals dedicated to forcibly slimming-down the overweight, with the collusion of their friends and family. However, Daryl proves not to be their usual victim. For a start, his two timing wife, Bernice, has arranged for Feedem Fighters to take Daryl out of circulation while she lives it up on the Italian Riviera with her Pilates instructor and, secondly, Daryl proves to be a master of psychology, who soon finds out all the secrets and weaknesses of his kidnappers. This hilarious comedy addresses the very real and, at times, contradictory attitude of Society towards food and body image. You'll lose weight just laughing!

CAST: 2 women and 5 men (but some of the male parts can be doubled and 1 is offstage anyway) All aged between 30 and 45.

SET: One set. Set plan at the back of the script.

TECHNICAL: starstarstarstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and thirty minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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ALL BALLS AND ASHES
A comedy by Mark Robberts

Casket of ashes and cricket stumpsThe death of Seth 'Hot Balls' Hegginbotham, stalwart of the local cricket team, is a great shock to the regulars of The Cloggers Arms. Frank and Eli had once promised Seth, in a moment of drunken camaraderie, that they would scatter his ashes on the village cricket field and perform certain rituals. However, Seth's widow, the fearsome Freda, is not about to part with her husband's ashes. Cue for a spot of incompetent urn-kidnapping and bizarre ash-scattering rituals. This joyous play basically involves daft old men causing havoc in rural Yorkshire. Mmm...that sounds familiar...

CAST: 6 men (all aged between 50 and 70) and 5 women (aged between 45 and 70).

SET: One set, which adapts to several locations. Full instructions and plan are given in the script.

TECHNICAL: starstarstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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BUNKERED
A comedy by Lynn Brittney

Cold War bunkerSomewhere near the coast in Britain is a Naval Intelligence Cold War Bunker, manned by four naval personnel nearing retirement. Only, as far as the Royal Navy is concerned, the bunker was decommissioned in 1991 and the staff were made redundant... except somehow they all slipped through the net and continued to receive monthly pay cheques from the Ministry of Defence computer system. Peter, a Chief Petty Officer with a strong sense of responsibility, and the nearest to retirement age, decides to bring a friend in to bring all the equipment up to full working order. Imagine the alarm at Naval Headquarters when they start getting signals from what they thought was a defunct facility! Time to call in the Marines! With, of course, hilarious consequences...

CAST: 4 men (3 aged 60+, 1 aged 30+) and 4 women (3 aged 50+,1 aged 20+).

SET: The interior of a Cold War Bunker. Instructions, an example and a plan are included in the script.

TECHNICAL: starstarstarstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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ANNIE, ONE, TWO, THREE - a murder mystery
by David Summers

VE day mug and syringeThree wealthy sisters, Mary, Martha and Miriam, live together in a luxurious house on a private sheltered estate for the elderly. They are all widows and the source of their money is a mystery to everyone, including Eric, the son of the oldest and most disagreeable sister, Miriam. The three sisters share another secret too ... something to do with World War II ... something that even they prefer to forget. But, on the 50th anniversary of VE Day, Martha is murdered and this is followed by a threatening letter to the other two sisters. Their lives are in danger and their secret is about to be exposed...

CAST: 7 women ( 4 aged 70+, 1 aged 50, 1 aged 40+, 1 aged 25-35) 2 men (1 aged 60, 1 aged 50)

SET: The living room of the house shared by the three sisters.

TECHNICAL: starstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP - a thriller
by Lynn Brittney

Books and a gunThis is the name that eccentric bookshop owner, Roger Mifflin, has given to his establishment and it is this odd name that attracts the attention of a young man called Aubrey Gilbert. Newly-returned from the war and attempting to make his career in the advertising industry, Aubrey hopes to interest Mr Mifflin in an advertising contract. He soon realises that the prospect is hopeless but finds himself charmed by Roger's eccentric and romantic view of life and a strong friendship develops with both Roger and his amiable wife, Helen. Little does Aubrey realise that he and his new friends are about to become involved in an international conspiracy of life-threatening proportions! Set in 1919 - just after the end of the 1st World War and prior to the Paris Peace Conference - this play, adapted from a book of the same name by American writer, Christopher Morley, is both enchanting and gripping. A real "Boy's Own Adventure".

CAST: 5 men (with doubling) (3 aged 50+, 1 aged 40+ 1 aged 30+) 5 women (3 aged 50+, 1 aged 40+, 1 aged 25+)

SET: The interior of the bookshop and downstairs parlour (one set)

TECHNICAL: starstarstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 40 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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TREASURE ISLAND - almost a pantomime
by Stewart Auty

Scull and crossed bonesBooks and a gunIt's a pantomime!
Oh no it isn't!
Oh yes it is!
It's got lots of songs and awful jokes ... True. But it hasn't got a Dame, and it has a proper plot (sort of) taken from a classic novel ...
Oh, well it isn't a pantomime then ... but it's almost a pantomime.

Yes. The classic tale of Treasure Island (with huge apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson). The Admiral Benbow Inn is a refuge for women pirates -- and very bloodthirsty they are too. Billy Bones is hiding out there and he's got a treasure map, which a lot of nasty people want. He takes Jim Lard (no, it's not a misprint) into his confidence before he dies. What ensues is a daft hunt for treasure, peppered with many songs and jokes. Captain Smollett has problems with Health and Safety and Long John Silver is not only missing a leg but an eye and a hand too! (Now there's a challenge for someone!) It doesn't matter the age or gender of your actors - there's a part for everyone. With some audience participation and lots of laughs, it's the nearest thing to a pantomime that we are likely to publish.

CAST: 5 men (with doubling) (mostly 50+ but can be any age really) 7 women (mostly 40+ but 1 is 20+ and 1 teenager if JIM is played by a woman.) Unlimited singing pirates of any age or gender (depending on the size of your stage!).

SET: 3 minimal sets (SET PLANS are included) for the Admiral Benbow Inn, the ship and the island.

TECHNICAL: starstarstarstarstar?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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THE HOME FRONT
A review with sketches by Lynn Brittney

War poster with Winston ChurchillThis is a compilation of WW2 official Government announcements, plus songs and sketches that follow the fortunes of one particular family's experiences of the home front. A light hearted stroll through the war years, lashings of nostalgia and the perfect entertainment to accompany a sausage and chip supper!

CAST: CHORUS: (All substantial speaking/singing parts) Approx. 12 people (flexible but need at least 3 men) any age.
SKETCHES: 2 men (1 aged 40+, 1 aged 70+) 4 women (1 aged 40+, 1 aged 70+, 2 aged 18-25)

SET: Representational e.g. painted flats with wartime posters on. 2 old- fashioned radio microphones on stands; giant cut-out of radio; actors bring on ( and take away) table and chairs for sketches.

TECHNICAL: starstarstarstarstar ?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1hour 30 minutes (without an interval). Audience Singalong could be added at the end.

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted from Charles Dickens by Lynn Brittney

Christmas CarolThe famous story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the man who hated Christmas and, indeed, all of humanity, is well-known. This adaptation sticks faithfully to the original short story and is particularly enhanced by the use of projected images (see below) to represent the various visions shown to Scrooge by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. A delightful play. The "visions" induced by the Spirits are created by the use of projected slides. A returnable set of slides is provided free of charge with each licence application.

CAST: PLEASE NOTE that one character (the Narrator) plays several parts and other parts can be doubled. 9 men/boys : (2 boys aged 8 - 12, 2 men aged 20 - 30, all the others 50+) 14 women: (3 aged 10-20, 3 aged 20-30, all the others 50+)

SET: Representational. Primarily bare with furniture brought on and off.

TECHNICAL: starstarstarstarstar ?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes (without an interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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THE TECHNICAL REHEARSAL
A comedy in 2 Acts by Alan Marshall

Ppantomime setThe technical rehearsal takes place when all the actors know their lines and moves, the set has been built and the lights have been put up. The purpose of this rehearsal is for the actors and technicians to see if the exits and entrances work, the lights are in the right place, there is enough room on the set and behind the set for the actors to move around and so on. It is the time to test any special sound or light effects and to make sure that the actors can hear their cues. It is the one chance for everyone to become familiar with what is on stage before they have a final dress rehearsal and then perform to a paying audience ...that's the theory - in practice it is frequently, if not always a complete disaster. An hilarious "fly on the wall" experience for the audience.

CAST: 9 men (3 aged 40+, all the others 50+ at least) 12 women (1 teenager, 2 aged 30+, 2 aged 40+, all the rest 50+ at least)

SET: Unfinished set of a pantomime. Part of it needs to be moveable (see script)

TECHNICAL: starstarstar ?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes (without interval).

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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OLD ACTORS NEVER DIE - THEY SIMPLY LOSE THE PLOT
A farce in 2 Acts by Lynn Brittney

Resident's loungeThe Mount Home for Retired Theatricals is an unusual place - more like a country house hotel than a home for the elderly. As Juliet Sullivan says "Waited on hand and foot - no meals to prepare - beds made. Heaven!" And the manageress positively encourages residents to carry on working as long as they can. So when Walter Neville (small part veteran of 212 films) arrives, he is overjoyed to find some of his best friends in residence. All is well until the serial womaniser husband of three of the residents (Mrs Sullivan 1, 2 and 3) goes missing - apparently on the run from Russian gangsters. The ladies decide that "He who pays the bills" must be rescued - but how to go about it? What follows is a truly daft journey into the world of eccentric luvvies that provides some of the best comic roles for senior actors you are ever likely to come across!

CAST: 5 men (1 non-speaking aged 30 - 50, 1 aged 30+, the rest are 60+) 6 women (3 aged 30+ and 3 aged 60+)

SET: The elegant resident's lounge of The Mount Home for Retired Theatricals. Assorted armchairs, card table, coffee table, tv etc.

TECHNICAL: star ?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes (without interval).

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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REDUCE, RENDER AND SWEAT
A satire by David Summers

Glamorous kitchenCarenza Dean is a cookery writer and one-time cookery presenter on TV. However, now her career is in the doldrums, primarily because of her uncompromising attitude and snobbery about food. Her unhappy husband, Michael is having a secret affair with Mary, Carenza's assistant, and putting on weight because Mary expresses her love through the high-calorie food she prepares for him. Wayne Miller, a boorish but very talented food photographer, is attracted to Mary too but knows that he stands no chance - mainly because he's not actually interested in the food that he photographs so beautifully.Then Paul Aitken, Carenza's agent arrives with some startling news, that just might revive Carenza's ailing career. A satirical play about food and the way people relate to it.

CAST: 3 men (1 aged 20+, 1 aged 50+ and 1 aged 60+) 4 women ( 1 aged 20+, 2 aged 30+, 1 aged 50+)

SET: Carenza's glamorous kitchen. Half is kitchen, with worktop and cupboards, oven, and microwave (needs power to kettle and microwave but not oven). Half is small table and chairs and a small sofa.

TECHNICAL: star ?

APPROX RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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UP THE BEANSTALK AGAIN
A drama by Alan Marshall

Theatre dressing roomLaurence Bedford is a one-time classical actor who has made a career late in life of playing pantomime dames. His lifelong friend, Angela Martin, once an actress herself, makes his elaborate costumes. Angela has always loved Laurence - but Laurence is gay - and she desperately wants to make another life for herself. Her affair with Harry, the stage doorkeeper, is moving towards marriage, but Laurence refuses to acknowledge that Angela might leave him. He is facing his first Christmas alone, due to the death of his partner, while battling with the antagonism of the youthful soap star who is playing Jack in the pantomime. Pat and Eric, the husband and wife team who play Daisy the Cow, are leaving the business and Laurence has to come to terms with his age; changes in his life and the waste of his talent that has led up to this point. A bitter-sweet comedy/drama that explores the meanings of love and loneliness.

CAST: 4 men ( 1 aged 20+, 3 aged 60+) 3 women ( 1 aged early 20s, 2 aged 60+)

SET: The play takes place backstage (Laurence's dressing room) and front of stage (in front of the curtains or to one side of the stage in spotlight.)

TECHNICAL: starstar ?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes (without interval)

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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PICKWICK PAPERS
Adapted from Charles Dickens by Lynn Brittney

Pickwick PapersThe well-heeled and learned Mr Pickwick takes his earnest companions on a journey around the country to report on the character and manners of the populace. Pickwick's friends seem well-suited to the task: Snodgrass is a poet; Winkle a sportsman; while Tupman is sensitive to the ladies' point of view. Or so they claim. Their high notions and even higher ambitions are soon tested by con-men, deaf old matrons, servants, landladies, jailers and many other characters that complete the picture of Dicken's England - raucous and cheeky but ultimately bound together by a sense of fair play. The book made Charles Dickens famous at the age of twenty-five, justly so, and this lively adaptation does justice to the original in every respect.

CAST: 19 men (but many parts can be doubled up making a total of 10 men required)
Ages range from 2 young boys (which can be played by women) to 2 men aged 20+ and the rest should be aged 50 - 70 (or older in the case of the Doctor and the Judge). 13 women (again some parts may be doubled up making a total of 11 women required, if two of them are playing boys). Ages range from 3 who are 20+, 2 who are 40+ and the rest are 50 - 70.

SET: The action is in various places, so no set really, just representational pieces brought on and off the stage, as required.

TECHNICAL : starstarstarstar ?

APPROX. RUNNING TIME: One hour and three quarters, without an interval.

ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £60.00 Apply Now

PRICE OF SCRIPT: £8.00

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