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All Hallows Eve by Peter Harrison
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 3. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 36 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act melodrama, with a single, kitchen setting.
SynopsisLocal priest Hugh is having difficulty in defending his deeply held faith against the views of his wife, Morwenna, and his goth daughter, Verity. At Halloween - when something takes place in the church graveyard, seen only by Hugh - the family are reconciled.
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The Black Widow by Helen Sharman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 35 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleParody of a Victorian melodrama - all the exaggerated wickedness, innocence, heroism and coincidence, with added comedy! Several scenes, but sets implied rather than elaborate. Simple props. Contains mild innuendo.
SynopsisOld lepidopterist, Squire Decrepit, is the wicked Vylene's fourth husband - and she's about to look for a fifth. All that stands between her and the dashing Mark Christmas is the sweet, innocent Abigail her strange uncle, Ivor and Squire Decrepit - who just happens to be in a wheelchair on a cliff-top.
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Change Of Heart by Tony Frier
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 11. Minimum total without doubling = 12. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 47 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act Victorian melodrama-style thriller.
SynopsisA tangled tale of bigamy and murder in 19th Century Manchester. Three girls from Ireland take up domestic service at the Chilterns' home. When Mrs Chiltern unexpectedly returns home one evening to find her husband dead, little does she imagine that she will be the one facing the gallows. Will a change of heart spare her?
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A Christmas Carol [Play for Schools] by Damian Woods
RolesMinimum Male roles = 13. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 30. Minimum total without doubling = 44. Chorus. Whilst some of the characters have specific ages, this is an indication for the purpose of costume and make-up rather than for casting!
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicThe producer's copy of the script contains suggestions for the use of 7 carols. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleA one-act play for children, faithfully adapting the classic Dickens story. Simple sets (furniture) reconfigured between or during scenes.
SynopsisOn Christmas Eve 1843, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts, who help him see the error of his ways.
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The Diabolical Duplication of Daisy by Ray Lawrence
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 11. Minimum total without doubling = 11. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy. A modern take on the conventions of Victorian melodrama - innocent heroines, scheming wicked squires, that sort of thing.
SynopsisDaisy, working with her mother in the kitchens, is trying hard to resist the grubby blandishments of Sir Odious Malpractice, who wants her to marry him. Unknown to Daisy, Victor Tallbody has arrived to tell her she has inherited a fortune, just in the nick of time.
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Drunkula by Archie Wilson
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 28 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act comedy with a single (gothic dining room) set.
SynopsisDrunkula and his weird manservant, Schnapps, meet their match when two young English ladies show their drinking mettle - with disastrous results for the drunken vampire.
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Frankenstein Abridged by Richard Brinsley Peake ab. Dwayne Lawler
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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Frankenstein's Last Chance by Geoff Bamber
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 16. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 42 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act comedy melodrama, for school-age, youth performers.
SynopsisHaving given up his medical practice to concentrate on his career as an inventor, Doctor Viktor Frankenstein desperately needs to raise funds to pay for his daughter's forthcoming wedding. Success at the annual Mad Scientists' Convention would be well-rewarded, but Viktor finds himself singularly short of inspiration until... No, that would be absurd - wouldn't it?
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The Ghosts of Marvin Grange by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 13. Minimum total without doubling = 20. No chorus. Principal characters nominally adults but could be played by teenagers or a mixed group of teenagers and adults.
Run TimeAround 65 minutes. [Estimated!] (Dependent on how much the actors ham up the death scene!)
MusicNone.
StyleMelodrama - with the playwright's tongue firmly in his cheek. (Two acts - but relatively short.)
SynopsisChristopher Sinclair receives a strange summons and returns to Marvin Grange, a remote estate on a lonely moor to unravel the mystery of a haunting that is driving his cousin's wife mad...
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The Golden Galah by Richard Ward
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus. Narrator or Chairperson may be M or F.
Run TimeAround 24 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA short one act comedy melodrama, which could be incorporated into a Music Hall, with a single - wooden shack - set.
SynopsisAs the Hardcastles struggle to make a living on their infertile land in 1930s Australia, daughter Chastity reveals she is not chaste, she is expecting! Her young man, Clarence, is unaware of this and, having failed to convince her father of his worth, sets off to seek gold. Chastity's stepmother, plots a marriage between Chastity and the wealthy Roland. Will Clarence find gold and return in the nick of time?
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