|Author||PASSMORE, Keith - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author|
|Synopsis||“Todd” is based on the infamous character, ‘Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, yet this story has a more humane approach and the author has depicted Sweeney Todd as a victim of circumstance and of his own vengeance.
It is 18th century England and Todd, a man who used to be known as Pope is sentenced to be transported to Botany Bay, Australia after spending 4 years in prison. He escapes and returns to London, seeking the whereabouts of his daughter Claire whom he has not seen since before his prison sentence. Whilst plotting his revenge, on the Judge who passed his extended prison sentence, Todd sets up as a Barber in Fleet Street, having acquired barber and surgeon skills during his adventures on the high seas. His passion for revenge affects him deeply and he changes into a bitter, cold hearted murderer. He finds his daughter in surprising circumstances, with the help of his lawyer friend, Jonathan, who is unaware of Todd’s change in personality. As for his quest – revenge is far from sweet for Sweeney Todd.
|Cast||20-28 actors 21M 7F (double casting is achievable as some females could play male parts) (minimum 28)|
Numeroius interesting characters - too detailed to list here.
|Production||Simple set. Use of lighting to sequence scene changes. Minimum amount of furniture. Use of fabrics to dress set.|
|Status||Available for performance|
|Contact Details: http://offthewallplays.com/2014/10/01/todd-full-length-drama-script-based-sweeney-todd/ (for other licences please contact the Author)|
Keith is a retired Drama teacher who emigrated to New Zealand in 1975.and has since lived in Auckland. He travels frequently to Europe, Asia and the USA and has a passion for France.He has written and directed a number of plays for children, teenagers and adults. He has also been an active member of amateur dramatic societies and has enjoyed a brief journey into professional theatre. However, life has not been brief and he is always searching for fresh ideas despite his age. He also submits English resources to a UK teaching organisation.