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Killed Off!

After 25 years in the TV soap "Harry's World" actor Owen Sharp is distraught and on the verge of a mental breakdown as he is unable to come to terms with his character being killed off along with his screen family. Kelvin Martin, known as the 'soap butcher' has slaughtered characters without remorse. After one rehearsal things begin to take fantasy into reality, with the sacked players resurrecting their characters as they await the arrival of Kelvin.
Author: HAILS, ChristopherCast (at least 3): Ruth (50s) Jodi (20s) Louise (30s) Owen (50s) Kelvin (30s)One-Act.
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Lucy is a new girl at school but her athletic prowess is upsetting the status quo. Beth and her friends take umbrage at this. The play looks at the problem of bullying in schools and society these days.
Author: EVANS, AnthonyCast (at least 7): 7 fOne-Act.
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John is a broken man in his fifties. He was an ex miner but he has secrets that haunt him from the past.
Author: EVANS, AnthonyCast (at least 3): 2m 1fOne-Act.
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In Questions, a ten minute drama for three actresses, Nina has a confession to make to her ‘friend’ Sandra, initially, and Rosie (who is not much of a friend either) as well. If she were honest to herself Nina would conclude two things, the first being: that she has a problem being honest and secondly: that her life is a bit of a mess. In one hand are the lies and in the other is the mess she’s created with the lies. When both hands have her tied up, the only option she has left is to declare their contents… two days ago. Well worth producing with Surprises, The Box and Well I Never! all written by the author.
Author: PASSMORE, KeithCast (at least 3): 3 women in their mid to late thirtiesOne-Act.
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The Bus Stop at the End of the World

On a bench in a car park overlooking the sea a lone man and a dying girl brought there by her father are waiting for the sunrise.
Author: ILES, RobertCast (at least 4): 2M, 2FOne-Act.
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2-4-1 and 1-4-2

Two short scripts for one person and one script for two people. Unrelated scripts but can be played by just two people. South Harrow is for an older man and was originally produced for the Urban Scrawl project. Dog in a Suitcase is another telling of the urban myth and Visitors Book is set in an old people's home. The scripts can also be done in isolation.
Author: ILES, RobertCast (at least 2): 1M, 1FOne-Act.

Jumping the league

Mike isn’t your typical Catholic priest – he has his own gun, likes to hunt and, to be frank his language is a little on the foul side. His best friend, Pat is the total opposite. In fact, Pat acts very much more like a real priest than Mike does. When Pat comes round to visit Mike they end up having a few drinks. As they drink, the conversation veers very naturally onto the subject of sex (or the lack thereof) as both guys are celibate (and thus think about it a lot) – one by choice of profession and the other because life has kind of gotten in the way. The lack of sex, however isn’t the only thing that isn’t all that satisfying. It turns out that neither is completely satisfied in their jobs and wish to ‘jump the league,’ as it were. They only need that small push to make them go in this comedy about a priest and his best friend.
Author: OFF THE WALL PLAYS, Cast (at least 3): 3M , two younger guys and one olderOne-Act.
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The Perfect partnership

The Perfect Partnership” is a short romantic comedy script for three actors centered on the misadventures between Stephen, a young man with an unwanted puppy, and a strange girl named Clara he meets on his way. While trying to please his girlfriend Penelope by getting rid of the puppy, Stephen sparks immediate friction with Clara, who seems to only create obstacles on the way to the animal shelter. But when the puppy gets lost, Stephen and Clara have to work together as a team, ultimately discovering what the perfect partnership means for both of them.
Author: OFF THE WALL PLAYS, Cast (at least 3): 2F 1MOne-Act.
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Wallflower house

Victoria, a young woman on her twenty first birthday, suffers from agoraphobia. She hasn’t left the house ever since her parent’s funeral, a few years ago. Her friend Ellory has been looking out for her since their high school days together. He supports her by doing errands for her for which she compensates him. He cares for her deeply and is probably the only one who understands her plight. He is instrumental is helping her to accept her condition and to come to grips with the recovery process in this play about agoraphobia.
Author: OFF THE WALL PLAYS, Cast (at least 2): 1M 1F both around 21 years of age. One-Act.
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Roots and Wings - one act drama by Terry Roueche

Two day laborers for a construction company dig a hole in the earth 13 feet deep. When the work crew leaves at the day’s end they are simply forgotten, abandoned, with no way out. Their struggle plays out beyond just learning to work together to escape, for both men are trapped by, and come to face, their own choices in life and what makes each of them feel powerless. Joey, in his mid to late 20s, is angry at the world, but doesn’t know where to direct his rage. He wants nothing more than to prove his worth as a man, but in a much deeper philosophical sense, he feels the need to reason his existence but doesn’t understand his life beyond a primitive turmoil. Life has not taught him how to grapple with the meaning of his feelings. Billy, in his 40s or 50s, wants only to be left alone. He was no different than Joey when he was younger, but life has brought him defeat, hopelessness, and the feeling of impotence against the world which holds a strong power over him. He has given up and knows each of his tomorrows will be no different than the day before. He fears and placates authority and hates this about himself. As the story unfolds the men move through a series of personal crises. First, they come to accept that they are trapped. Then, blame heightens the tension as Joey becomes more and more frustrated and dangerous. Because he is primitive and inarticulate he knows no other way to solve his problems than using his fist. But as the two men begin to learn about one another, the tension eases. At this point Joey gains an understanding which opens a door for him to attempt to reason his existence. The play reveals a single yet significant difference in their lives: one man had a father and one did not. Both characters gain a moral strength and attempt one possibility to escape which fails quickly. Billy gives up and begins digging furiously into the side of the pit. Since this would cause the earth to collapse on top of them and bury them alive Joey roughly stops him. Billy, emotionally broken, collapses and begins to weep. This enrages Joey and once again he reverts to using his fist. But his anger turns as he begins to understand his existence for the first time in his life; in order to survive, both physically and psychologically, it is vital that they each stand up for themselves.
Author: OFF THE WALL PLAYS, Cast (at least 2): 2M one older, one youngerOne-Act.
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Believe - one act ten minute drama

Milly is a troubled young woman in her twenties. For years she has held a closely guarded secret – she sees terrible events before they happen. Although she has kept it quiet all this time, she has finally decided to seek help. She visits Dr Preston, an eminent psychiatrist to seek a solution for her troubles. But does she have an ulterior motive in visiting him?
Author: OFF THE WALL PLAYS, Cast (at least 2): 1M 1FOne-Act.
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The Legend of St. George and the Dragon

The Legend of St. George and the Dragon tells the story of how the courageous, honourable and kind Knight, George, became Saint George. When the city of Silene is terrorised by a dragon, the King is unable to help and seems destined to betray his people, but brave George arrives just in time to slay the beast and save the city. This is a fabulous short and simple version of one of England's most enduring legends.
Author: CHAPLIN, AlisonCast (at least 20): M6 F6 I9One-Act.
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Coronation Fleet

Coronation Fleet is a madcap comedy set on a spaceship sometime in the future. A visit from the Outer Far Space Tracking and Eradication Division inspectors is imminent, but the ineffectual Captain has other things on his mind - such as beating his personal best on his PS3! Bullying, drugs and broken down workstations add to the chaos and lead to a soap opera-style cliffhanger ending, as the inspectors suddenly bring their visit forward!
Author: CHAPLIN, AlisonCast (at least 30): M4 F4 I22One-Act.
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The War of The Vegetables

The War of the Vegetables is a gentle comedy narrated in rhyming verse which explores the issue of living in harmony with others. An accident with the seeds leaves the Tomatoes and Peas growing in the same vegetable plot. War between the two seems inevitable, until they are threatened by the terrifying Runner Beans and have to unite against a common enemy! This is a lovely introduction to theatre which also provides opportunities to include dance routines or musical numbers.
Author: CHAPLIN, AlisonCast (at least 18): M1 F1 I16+One-Act.
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In the Drink

A melodramatic comedy about the founder of a new brand of cherry cola and his not-so-charming wife, who are living the life of the rich and famous - this, despite the fact that their new cherry cola has caused a public stir by setting the tongues of people who drink it on fire. But…. in doing that, it has brought in a lot of new business for the local dentists and doctors. The investors are therefore very happy, so they are too. So they’ll carry on drinking their absinthe and gin. Just not their cola. In the Drink was originally performed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s 24/7 Play Festival.
Author: STARNES, TimothyCast (at least 2): 1M, 1FOne-Act.
Adult ThemesSuitable for Under-16s to seeMild SwearingComedyFarceSurrealDetailsDetails

If God Ate Fried Chicken

If God Ate Fried Chicken is the story of Father Seacrest and Sister Blanche, secretly out on a date together to a chicken joint. Little do they know that fate has other plans for them, as uninvited outing guests begin showing up one after another, ending in the two of them hiding in the kitchen of the restaurant, and the police being called. By the end of it, all, it’s going to take a little divine intervention to keep things going even further south.
Author: STARNES, TimothyCast (at least 8): 1M,1F, 6-8 AnyOne-Act.
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Gravestone Lickin' Good

Death has a problem. Her name is Pamella Pilsborough. This southern cook is costing Death tons of paperwork and he’s grown tired of dealing with this thorn in his side. Southern food is bad for you, or so some say, with all the sugar and grease—but in this case it’s not just the food that’s deadly. A clueless Pamella has become a murderer. With otherworldly intervention, Death entertains the audience; resurrecting past victims to wreak vengeance on Pamella and save him the time to do her in himself.
Author: STARNES, TimothyCast (at least 6): 1M, 5F, 2 AnyOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyHorror/GhostBased on real people/eventsFarceSurrealDetailsDetails

The Color of Coalsmoke

Coalsmoke is fuming, and not in a pun on it's namesake. Mayor Metrohouse is in hot water, and it isn't from the heat. Coalsmoke is on the edge of revolution, and it is being felt in the mayor's office. Meet Metrohouse, his drunken wife the Lady Debauchee, and ingenious valet and butler, Valetine. Valetine, being the centerpiece of all good ideas for Metrohouse, who isn't the brightest diamond int the jewelry box, decides upon what must be done. In order to survive, to save his own head along with mayor Metrohouse and his wife, there must be murder. Who are they going to go after? The three city council members. Luckily enough, they are all coming in today for appointments. It is bound to be a deathly good time in this short dark comedy. Run Time: 20 minutes.
Author: STARNES, TimothyCast (at least 11): 3M, 3F,5-30 AnyOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeMild SwearingComedyThrillerFarceSurrealDetailsDetails


For Sarah Ramsey “local matters” is an emphatic statement. For her MP George Nugg, who prefers life at Westminster: local matters are exasperating. Courtroom revelations, the local newspapers savaging him, and Sarah Ramsey: a popular gutsy young woman standing against him in the General Election, hugely enlivens what is normally a dull uneventful formality: the re-election of George Nugg as MP for Dartham. An inspirational story with lots of humour, of a young woman’s election battle with her local MP.
Author: LANE, JohnCast (at least 4): 2F 2MOne-Act.
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Double Trouble

Jamie Bartels returns home late one night from America to celebrate his 21st birthday with his parents. He finds it a little strange to find his dad, Jack, smartly dressed. He reveals he's been murdered and time has slipped back one week and has been murdered by his wife. Unable to comprehend what the hell is going on, Jack shows him several events that will occur after he's been murdered and tells Jamie that if he agrees to help him they will never happen.
Author: HAILS, ChristopherCast (at least 6): 3F 3 MOne-Act.
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