FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JIM?"

"THE HOUSE OPPOSITE - THE FULL STORY"

"ALL ABOARD"

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"Whatever Happened to Jim?"

 Cast Needed

3 Male - 2 aged 30 to 60 - 1 aged 50 to 65.
4 female - 1 in thirties, 1 aged 40 to 50 - 2 aged 30 to 60
8-12 Minor Characters & Chorus - 1 young woman - 2 older men plus
any combination of age and gender.
Duration with interval about 2 hours

 Synopsis

This is a jolly romp through the life of James Butler or JIM. All the action takes place around or near a bed which contains a heavily bandaged dummy which is connected to a monitoring machine by means of various leads and tubes. This is the old JIM in coma, and various members of the family and an old flame come and talk to this body and in this way we meet his daughter, SALLY; his ex-wife, ANNA; his older brother, BILLY; and his old flame, KATHLEEN. In between these visit's a younger JIM appears from behind the bed to address the audience, and also to talk to the medical staff and meet various people from his past, many of them already dead. In this way we meet NURSES, CONSULTANTS and DOCTORS; his old HEADMASTER; his SCOUTMASTER and SCOUTS; SHAREHOLDERS in his company; HIPPIES he knew; BARBARA a friend from school; and his POLITICAL SUPPORTERS. At the end of the play we meet Reverend THRESHER who conducts his funeral service.

Most of this is done in a light-hearted fashion, and the medical staff and Jim's conversations with them are humorously peculiar. Jim has not had an easy life, and he has not always made life comfortable for those around him, so the general sense of fun is sometimes interrupted by moments of pathos. And when we get to the funeral at the end, it seems that the picture we have been given is not necessarily the true one. Either Jim has merely imagined the life he would like to have had; or has he just imagined the funeral. We leave the audience to decide.
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"The House Opposite - The Full Story"

 Cast Needed

4 Male - 2 in early thirties - 1 in late thirties
2 female - Both in early thirties
Duration with interval about 2 hours

 Synopsis

This is a farce with darker undertones.  All the action takes place in ANDY and PENNY’s sitting room where there is a large window looking out on to the house opposite.  Andy is constantly complaining that it blocks their view, but he is fascinated by the sight of the lady of the house who often parades naked in front of her own window.

The plot quickly develops and becomes complicated.  GAYLE, Penny’s sister, turns up hysterical because she has discovered her husband, LEO, having a homosexual affair with the estate agent, COLIN,  with whom Gayle was also having an affair.  When CHARLIE the husband from opposite, arrives to accuse Andy of exposing himself at the window, we discover that he and Gayle had an affair in the past, and they’d obviously like to start it up again.

Andy’s father is a continual presence in the background, and we learn he is always promising, and then failing, to tell Andy about something valuable he will leave Andy in his will.  Penny is completely fed up with Andy, mainly because he ignores her, but also because of his many irritating habits. This explosive situation quickly hots up when Leo turns up looking for Gayle,  and Colin arrives looking for Leo.  They all end up pursuing each other around Debenhams.  By the end of the first act, Gayle has come to live with Penny, Colin has tried to seduce first Andy and then Charlie, and Penny has gone off to live with Andy’s dad.

In the second act the confusion continues.  Charlie dumps Gayle and moves in the with Colin;  Gayle makes a play for Colin but is interrupted by her sister;  Leo takes Gayle home and blacks Andy’s eye as he does so; and Charlie moves in  with Andy when he realizes what Colin wants to do with him.   Everything seems to be resolved when Penny and Andy’s dad move in with Andy, and Charlie goes back to his wife.  However, Andy then learns the secret of his dad’s will – the naked woman over the road is his mother.

The first act of this play appears in the one-act section under the title
"THE HOUSE OPPOSITE - PART ONE"

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Perusal copies of all,these plays, details about Performing Royalties
and new script prices can be obtained from:
Chris Adams
53 Thornleigh Road
BRISTOL
BS7 8PQ  
Tel: 0117 924 3960
E-Mail: Go to CONTACT ME 

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 “All Aboard”

Cast Needed

6 Male – 1 aged 20, 3 aged 30-40, 2 aged 50 plus.

3 Female – all aged 20-30

8-12 Minor Characters & Chorus – Any age – At least 1 male and 1 female

Duration with Interval about 2 hours

Synopsis

This is a humorous story that ends in the tragedy of the First World war, and is set on board a ship some time in the years leading up to the war. The ship is perpetually in fog, and no-one seems to know where it is going or where the captain is. (A metaphor on the state of Britain at the time) The sound-effects of the show includes musical-hall songs of the time to develop the plot and give the flavour of the era.  And a couple of music-hall performers occasionally interrupt the action to give some interesting contemporary historical.

The plot centres around ANDREW, an upper-class young man who seems to have forgotten who he is or how he got on board. He is pursued by LUCINDA, who appears to be an upper-class lady who has fallen for him. However, two of her old school contemporaries, CLARISSA and GERTRUDE point out that her real name is Florence and her background is not quite so aristocratic as she likes to make out. She is seen with a young man who calls himself BERTIE, but she denies ever having met him. Also on board are Inspector PINK and Constable CARRUTHERS, two policemen who have been put on the ship to look for German spies. These two have the disturbing habit of sometimes talking in the words of music-hall songs. Pink recognises Andrew because he interviewed him in connection with the Dr Crippen murder.  The other main characters are slightly comic characterisations of the real-life psychiatrists Sigmund FREUD and Carl JUNG who help Andrew to regain his memory. Because they speak German they are immediately seen as German agents by Pink.

Lucinda and Bertie turn out to be confidence tricksters who are after the considerable fortune Andrew is about to inherit, but Bertie falls in love with Gertrude and becomes a reformed character. Clarissa and Gertrude turn out to be suffragettes who are on board to campaign for their cause, then Clarissa is revealed as Carruthers’ former fiancee and they strike up their romance anew. Andrew rejects Lucinda when, with the help of Freud and Jung, he remembers that he abandoned his first fiancée on their wedding day, and he now wishes to return to her. In desperation Lucinda turns her charms on to Pink who by now is seeing German spies everywhere. All this confusion is interrupted by the start of the war, and when the play finishes all the men have been killed in the conflict.

 

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