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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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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.
Files available for downloadAdult ThemesMild SwearingComedyDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadSuitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadRomanceDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadMild SwearingDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadSuitable for Under-16s to seeHorror/GhostDetailsDetails

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.
Files available for downloadSuitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyDetailsDetails
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