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Battle of the Bedroom by David Pemberton
Published: 21 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 0. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus. The characters are written as 3M, 4F, but - with permissible minor tweaks to the text, could be played by any combination.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA funny and fast-paced one-act comedy combining physical humour with witty dialogue.
SynopsisWhen Chris and Jo move into their new bedsit apartment, they discover that it's much smaller than they first thought and that living together, with their combined possessions, is going to be an alarmingly cramped and intimate experience.
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The Christmas Carol [Version 4] by Anthony Paul Lashley
Published: 19 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 18. Chorus. The number of carol singers is unspecified. The author suggests (but does not insist) that when Scrooge is reformed, he might be played by a different actor to emphesise the change! Something for productions to play with.
Run TimeAround 57 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicLyrics to a number of (out-of-copyright) carols are embedded in the script. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleOne-act play with songs. Multiple locations, but indicated by lighting and furniture rather than full-stage sets.
SynopsisDickens' Christmas tale of redemption is given a little comic twist and run at a smarter pace, but still delivers the required moral lesson along with the laughs.
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Extraction by S. P. Franksson
Published: 19 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFast-paced one-act comedy (somewhere between thriller and farce).
SynopsisDentist John and his assistant and lover Alice accidentally kill their patient, but when they discover the man was carrying a huge amount of cash, they plot to hide the body and keep it for themselves. Complications arise when Alice's junkie boyfriend shows up, followed by John's suspicious wife.
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Defenceless by Damian Woods
Published: 8 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 24 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA well-written drama which touches on interesting issues of psychology and gender politics while being first and foremost a procedural crime thriller. One set - a police interview room with practical door.
SynopsisA newly appointed female Detective Inspector has the difficult task of getting a suspected murderer to confess his guilt as lack of evidence means he may have to be released.
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The Flag by Neil Walden
Published: 8 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleEasy-to-stage one-act drama for three actors in one simple office set.
SynopsisA school in 1930s England is set to welcome an ambassador from Nazi Germany, whose child is one of the pupils. Headteacher Mrs Mayhew wants to fly the Nazi flag for the visitor's arrival, but young teacher Miss Tait raises an objection.
A good period drama with a sharp focus on an area of pre-WW2 history that's often overlooked - how a lot of British people were generally welcoming towards the Nazis, or at least apathetic about their politics, in the years before the war. It also has some relevance to the contemporary debates around flags.
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Frankenstein Abridged by Richard Brinsley Peake ab. Dwayne Lawler
Published: 5 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 39 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act melodrama. Multiple scenes, but mainly indicative settings.
Synopsis'Presumption, or, The Fate of Frankenstein' by Richard Brinsley Peake was the first adaptation for the stage of Mary Shelley's pioneering novel. Dwayne Lawler's abridgement has reduced it from 5 acts to 1 and cut the characters from more than 15 to a total of 9.
Peake's adaptation tweaked the novel's plot (not least to reduce locations), nevertheless, the core plot of Frankenstein is here and cutting it down hasn't removed the impact or significantly dampened the themes.
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The Happy Wanderers by Dawn Cairns
Published: 5 October 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus. Seven on-stage characters and a pair of off-stage voices.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicThe Producer's Copy of the script includes suggestions for 3 songs (and the invitation to replace them with anything else suitable). Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleAn entertaining and easily staged one-act play with a lot of good humour.
SynopsisOriginally a walking club for single people, the Happy Wanderers have mostly ditched the walking and taken up drinking. At a social barbeque, Tony introduces his new fiancée, Brian tries it on with all the women, and the friend Julie brings along is not who anyone expected.
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There's No Place Like Home by Peter Harrison
Published: 20 August 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus. Four on-stage characters and an off-stage female voice (which could be recorded, but, in our view, would be better performed live).
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy in a single domestic setting.
SynopsisWhen elderly Howard claims his dead wife Nancy has been talking to him, his daughter and her partner think he is suffering dementia and plan to move him into a home. But there's a surprise in store when he demonstrates how he contacts Nancy.
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Life in the Cloud by Tony Domaille
Published: 30 July 2021

Award Winning. Best Original Script, Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor awards at the Avon and Bristol Short Play Festival 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act play in a single living room set. The sci-fi-esque idea of a dead man's consciousness stored in the cloud is used for an engaging exploration of grief and moving on.
SynopsisIan was a workaholic, obsessed with his scientific work, until his sudden death. But before he died, he discovered how to upload his consciousness to The Cloud. Now he is trying to continue to live from the ether, whilst his wife, Mary, desperately tries to get on with her life and a new relationship.
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Room for Another by Gill Medway
Published: 28 July 2021
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 65 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA well-written 65-minute ensemble drama on a single set, with stories developing naturally for all the characters. Suited to groups with a range of playing ages, with good roles for all.
SynopsisIt's November 1940 and Hitler's bombs are raining down on London. Elsie and her daughter Carrie have their favourite night-time spot on a platform in the Underground - and on two successive nights they welcome a motley group of strangers to join them.
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