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Normal For by Tony Domaille
Published: 4 July 2022

Winner UK Community Drama Festivals Federation 'Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy' for the Best Original script of 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 35 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
Style One-act drama in a single set. A great festival piece with potential for use in child protection workshops as a discussion starter.
SynopsisTeacher Emma worries about a nine-year-old boy in her class. But when she raises concerns, they are dismissed as 'Normal for here'. As she struggles against a culture of indifference, Emma finds herself facing a real dilemma.
Articulates the dilemmas of teachers suspecting that pupils are abuse victims. The classroom setting and focus on the teacher allows it to honestly and openly explore these issues while not actually having to use any child actors or depict any abuse.
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Death by Detective by David Pemberton
Published: 29 June 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 70 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA witty and fast paced comedy loosely based on The Speckled Band with a solid mystery plot provided by the Conan Doyle source material. A lot of fun for cast and audience. Structured in two acts, but could form half an evening of one-act plays.
SynopsisWhen a legendary detective solves a terrible murder and discovers his own guilty part in the affair, it is left to his closest friends to prevent him from arresting himself.
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Christmas at Thompson Hall by Peter Bond
Published: 28 June 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 6. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus. The hotel staff are written male, but could be played female.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA 25-minute comedy, based on the story by Anthony Trollope. Two simple sets.
SynopsisOn the 23rd of December, 1872, Mr and Mrs Brown arrive in a hotel in Paris, as does Mr Jones. They all need to travel to England early the following morning. Due to a mix-up during the night, Mr Jones believes Mrs Brown has tried to murder him, which makes everyone's journey - and the following revelations - all the more uncomfortable.
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Full Speed Ahead by Barry Lambert
Published: 24 June 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 28 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA comedy with a fun set of characters and a good satirical sense of humour. No set, other than a few chairs and tables - location and transitions indicated by lighting.
SynopsisSophie and Jack are singles who independently decide to attend a speed dating session, where they are each paired with a highly unsuitable prospective partner. By the time they are eventually due to meet, Sophie is so upset by her earlier encounter that she is intending to leave, but Jack's thoughtfulness convinces her otherwise.
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The Taming of the Shrew [60-minute abridgement] by Shakespeare, abridged Jack Shaw
Published: 1 June 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 12. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShakespeare's play efficiently cut down without damaging the flow of the story. A comedy in the renaissance sense of ordinary people, witty dialogue and a happy ending.
Contains Shakespearean insults.
SynopsisBianca has many suitors, but her father won't let her marry until he has also given away the hand of her hot-tempered and uncontrollable elder sister Katharina. While Lucentio concocts a plan to win Bianca as his wife, Petruchio decides to wed Katharina and subdue her shrewish nature.
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Work Experience by Peter Harrison
Published: 18 May 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 4. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 28 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA gentle, enjoyable comedy. Easy to stage (in a single living room set) with a majority female cast.
SynopsisHousewife Melissa is very fond of her daily routine, so when her husband Gerald takes early retirement, she’s increasingly irritated by his disruptions to it. With the help of her friends, she devises a solution which brings her own life-changing experience.
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Yards Apart by Mary Stone
Published: 17 May 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 320 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy with a good mix of physical and verbal humour, and two strongly written characters who develop well through their interactions with one another. Single garden set.
SynopsisRetired Mark spends his days pottering around his garden, avoiding the neighbours, and scaring off the local cats with his BB gun. When his new neighbour Viki literally crashes into his world, he's eager to send her packing and return to his quiet, solitary life.
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A Straight Play by Natalia Knowlton
Published: 16 May 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 0. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 22 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act drama in a single (simple) set. Contains adult themes.
Synopsis In Colorado, 2003, newly married Kate joins a support group for married women, and finds it less than supportive.
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The Highwayman by Martin Sims
Published: 13 May 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 2. Minimum total without doubling = 2. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 22 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act ghost story. Single set of just a woodland camp fire.
SynopsisTwo strangers meet by the road one dark and cold night in 1750. They talk of the legend of Black Tom, the ghostly highwayman said to haunt the area, and soon they are plagued by phantom noises and fears.
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** Zip file containing two sound effects (with two options for one of them) for 'The Highwayman' by Martin Sims
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50/50 by Jamesine Cundell Walker
Published: 5 May 2022
RolesMinimum Male roles = 0. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 2. Minimum total without doubling = 4. No chorus. Two on-stage characters and two offstage voices, one of whom is definitely recorded.
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA good relationship drama in one act. Various locations, but achieved by lighting and a few props.
SynopsisJo is reluctant to look at the results of her pregnancy test, despite encouragement from her partner Danni. Flashbacks show us how they met and their relationship leading up to this point.
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