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Free Birdie

A widower's next door neighbour, worried about him, hires an eccentric stranger to spice up his life and reignite his lust for life.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 5): 2M, 3FOne-Act.
Adult ThemesMild SwearingComedyDetailsDetails

The Summoning

It starts at the so called Production Meeting, with the meeting being called to order. Then suddenly from out of the crowd there erupts a pervert with naughty material on his phone (which luckily goes flat), followed by a witch spouting Latin curses, a creepy clown and a Zombie manifestation. To top it all off, the scary rental manager arrives demanding more money whilst the place erupts into chaos in this audience participation sketch.
Author: STARNES, TimothyCast (at least 1): Stu Pidass (20's and up), Achbaria Pidass (20's and up), Lidia Hermann (20's and up), The Witch (20's and up), The Clown (20's and up), The Rental Manager (20's and up)One-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performMild SwearingComedyHorror/GhostThrillerBased on real people/eventsFarceSurrealDetailsDetails

Thank You for Shopping Hoochum's Bargain Basement

This funny thriller script turns the classic horror tale of the young couple alone in their car in a deserted area encountering a frightening or horrific thing on its head. A young couple have travelled to the BAD SIDE OF TOWN to get a coffee maker from Hoochumís Bargain Basement, as the glass in their one has cracked, and they want to do something AWFUL. They want to replace the new one with the cracked one and take it back for a refund, PRETENDING THAT ITíS THE NEW ONE. SHOCKING!!! Theyíve had to travel across town, as their usual store burnt to the ground recently under VERY MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, in which the little old lady who owned the store barely escaped with her life. Rumour has it, however that the little old lady had a graduate student on the side. On that fateful day he was working in the back of the store, and was very badly burnt in the fire and HE HASNíT BEEN SEEN SINCEÖ Rumour also has it that he wasnít, in fact using the old lady for her body, but for her coupon skills, which she was famed for. She could get a better deal with her coupons than anyone, and he was taking her for all that she knew.
Author: STARNES, TimothyCast (at least 2): Tennyson (20's and up), Krystal (20's and up), The Waitress (20's and up)One-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performMild SwearingComedyHorror/GhostThrillerFarceSurrealDetailsDetails

On the Rebound

When youíre 77 years old, you could lose a few pounds and have no companions except for your 69 caregiver whom you have no romantic inclination towards, itís all about possibilities in this drama script for the over sixties. For Will, itís the prospect of his journey nearing its end that drives him into the arms of Joan, whom until recently, he found annoying. Tom, at first, encourages the twosome to get to know each other better. Joan comes in handy when Tom is out trying to find a life of his own. But when Will decides he wants Joan to move in, Tom is outraged. After all heís done for the old fart! Itís ridiculous and at his age! Where does it leave Tom? Right where he began and as for Will, still holding out for possibilities.
Author: PASSMORE, KeithCast (at least 3): 2M,1FOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeDetailsDetails

Long Joey Silver

A two-hander comedy dialogue in which they discuss an incident where they replace Mr. Bartholomew's guide dog with a parrot.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 2): 2 EitherOne-Act.
Suitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedySurrealDetailsDetails

The Adjudicator

The local drama group are about to stage "Macbeth" in the village hall and the new producer has arranged for the play to be assessed in the "Play of the Year" competition by a visiting adjudicator (who happens to be a retired lecturer with a drink problem). Unknown to everyone, the adjudicator arrives and is accidentally locked in the alcohol storeroom next to the stage. Then the taxi driver that brought him comes in with a clipboard that was left in his cab. The driver (who has never been to a play in his life) is believed to be the actual adjudicator so they sit him down at his table, fete him like a king and await his views on the coming play. We see excerpts from the play (with repeated knockings and cries from the cupboard) and then the "impromptu adjudicator" is asked to give his views to the assembled cast. He doesnt know how to "sugar the pill" and is shall we say "somewhat frank."
Author: BREEZE, TONYCast (at least 20): A whole drama groupOne-Act.
Files available for downloadComedyDetailsDetails

Breaking and Entering

In this award winning comedy, a burglar soon realises he's robbing the house of his ex-girlfriend. Then his accomplice realises she used to date the man of the house. Comedy, drama and murder most foul soon ensue.
Author: FOR STAGE, ScriptsCast (at least 4): 2M, 2FOne-Act.
Adult ThemesMild SwearingComedyFarceDetailsDetails

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
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