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The Errand Boy

The tale of a meeting between political giant Sir William Wilberforce and a young Charles Dickens.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 3): 1F, 2MOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performHistoricalBased on real people/eventsDetailsDetails

The Town that Spoke with Forked Tongue

At first, the seaside resort of Fakeham seems to be a quiet, charming and uneventful place.  On speaking to some of the locals however, new resident Mr Hope, learns some disturbing things that make him question his decision to live there permanently.  He is then told that all the residents are pathological liars and only two of the residents can be trusted.  Eventually, the twisted truth is revealed - can anybody be trusted?
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 10): 7M, 3FOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyFarceDetailsDetails

Comedy Break

Three short comedy sketches which feature a night in with the woman who voices your sat-nav, a wash block that's not quite as awful as it seems and a couple of mountain climbers who would rather not look down.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 6): 4F 2MOne-Act.
Adult ThemesMild SwearingComedyDetailsDetails

The Cafe

Two women meet in secret at a cafe across town, but what exactly is on the menu? The Cafe is a short comedy sketch.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 3): 3FOne-Act.
Adult ThemesComedyDetailsDetails

Green Grows the Garden

Toby, a homeless man, is taken in for questioning at the local police station as he is accused of starting a fire at the local shelter. He then confesses to the crime but one of the detectives doesn't believe he is telling the truth and digs a little deeper.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 3): 2M, 1FOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performDetailsDetails

Inbetweeny Halloweeny

When Jessie loses her favourite toy, the magic goes out of Halloween. However, after she receives a visit from some unexpected guests, they help her to see that friendship can help put the fun back in the season.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 8): 4M, 4FOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyDetailsDetails

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel is determined to fill in his I-Spy book of enchanted creatures so he suggests going into the haunted forest - something Gretel is unhappy about. Will he convince her to join him? What will happen if/when they meet the wicked witch?
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 5): 1M, 1F, 3 EitherOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyPantomimeDetailsDetails

Hopfrog

Taken from his home country, Hop-frog is used by the tyrant king for entertainment. After the king humiliates Hop-frog's friend Trippetta, he finally plots the king's downfall and his own escape through an elaborate practical joke. This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 8): 2M, 1F, 5 EitherOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyThrillerAdaptation of book/filmDetailsDetails

Tell Tale Heart

Tell Tale Heart is based on the Edgar Allan Poe tale of the same name. Wilson, a young man, endeavours to convince the audience of his sanity whilst simultaneously describing a murder he has committed. His victim was an old man and ultimately his feelings of guilt or mental disurbance result in him hearing a thumping sound which he mistakes for the old man's beating heart. This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 5): 5 Either genderOne-Act.
TragedyThrillerAdaptation of book/filmDetailsDetails

The Angel of the Odd

Duff cannot believe the gullibility of humanity for believing everything they hear or read; especially in the newspapers regardless of how ludicrous the story. He vows never to fall for such stories himself. He then receives a visit from the bizarre 'Angel of the Odd' who pronounces that it is responsible for such outlandish events. Duff then experiences several bizarre incidents himself until he is indeed convinced that the angel exists. This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 4): 1F, 1M, 2 EitherOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyAdaptation of book/filmSurrealDetailsDetails

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Published in 1845, this short story was taken as a factual account and was only later revealed as a hoax by Poe. After being diagnosed with Tuberculosis, Ernest Valdemar seeks his physician friend who is fascinated by magnetism (later developed into what we now know as hypnosis). The Physician has always wondered what would happen if someone was mesmerised at the point of death. Valdemar volunteers and it seems as the play progresses that the physician is able to speak to Valdemar in the afterlife. This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 7): 1M, 6 EitherOne-Act.
Adult ThemesTragedyThrillerAdaptation of book/filmDetailsDetails

The Masque of the Red Death

Prince Prospero attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his palace. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, hosts a masquerade ball within seven rooms of the palace, each decorated with a different colour. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. What will be the fate of Prince Prospero? This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 5): 2M, 1F, 2 EitherOne-Act.
Horror/GhostThrillerAdaptation of book/filmDetailsDetails

The Raven

The Raven is one of the most famous poems ever written. This stage adaptation tells of a talking Raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover is lamenting the loss of his love Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the Raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word 'Nevermore'. This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 2): 1M, 1 EitherOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performTragedyHorror/GhostAdaptation of book/filmDetailsDetails

The Raven

The Raven is one of the most famous poems ever written. This stage adaptation tells of a talking Raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover is lamenting the loss of his love Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the Raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word 'Nevermore'. This Short Play can be performed along or as part of the set of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for stage, 'Raven About Poe', also available at www.scriptsforstage.co.uk
Author: NUTTALL, PeterCast (at least 2): 1M, 1 EitherOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performTragedyHorror/GhostAdaptation of book/filmDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadOn-line performing licencesAdult ThemesSwearingComedySurrealDetailsDetails

RESPECT

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.
Files available for downloadOn-line performing licencesSwearingDetailsDetails

1985

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.
Files available for downloadOn-line performing licencesSuitable for Under-16s to seeDetailsDetails

Questions

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.
Adult ThemesDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadAdult ThemesSwearingComedyTragedyDetailsDetails

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.
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