As ever, I’m reprinting the newsletter from Lazy Bee about new scripts on their site because this month it includes one from me: “For Sale – Baby Shoes – Never Worn” , the play I mentioned in this previous post. But there are lots of other great scripts to see on the site, and they’re all FREE TO READ!
We’ve published 40 new scripts since our last newsletter, plus revisions of a couple of previous publications.
You can find all the scripts (and all the rest of the items detailed in this newsletter) on the Lazy Bee Scripts web site.
(If you’re looking for new scripts, the “What’s New By Category” page is a good place to start.)
- In Hood – The Sequel, Geoff Bamber imagines (in his usual comic style) what happened to the characters from the Robin Hood legends when Robin had stopped being an outlaw – the sheriff has been deposed, but Prince John is back as King.
- Simpleton and the Queen Bee is Olivia Arieti’s telling of one of the lesser-known of the Grimm brother’s fairy tales.
- Caroline Spencer’s Unbitten is a short drama for a secondary school age-group: a vampire allegory.
- Rings Around The World by Keith Badham has already won awards for its original production. Young Mark is autistic and we are swept into his world in this moving and satirical picture of his short life.
- Gem and Katy, in different social circles at school, are horrified to discover that their parents are dating. Mary Stone’s short play The Game shows how they tackle the situation.
- As you might expect from the title, Keep Smiling Through by Suzan Holder is a school play set in Britain during the Second World War, punctuated by the songs of that time.
- Elsewhere on the junior school history curriculum, we have The Not-So-Vicious Viking by Vic Talecks dramatising the Viking invasion of north-east England.
- Aaron Warren’s Frank Sent This… is a novel addition to our stock of nativity plays, genuinely funny, despite a serious core, and with the unusual twist of time travel.
- Toil and Trouble by Karina Fernandez is a one-act comedy, set backstage at a school production of ‘The Scottish Play’. Tensions mount as the young actors ready themselves for the impending curtain up.
- Who on earth would turn The Hound Of The Baskervilles into a rhyming comedy ‘pantocrime‘? Well, Richard Coleman, obviously. Sticks reasonably well to the original story, give or take humour and verse!
- Jonathan Caldicot’s The Delphi Dilemma is a one act play for a high school cast, set at an archaeological dig in Greece at which a schoolboy prank goes badly wrong.
Musicals and Musical Plays
- An Heir for the King by Wesley A. Knoch is a one-act musical (probably for secondary school students or older juniors), portraying rich and poor, generosity and meanness.
- We try to distinguish between multiple scripts with the same title by using a version number, thus Adrian Barradell’s panto treatment of A Christmas Carol is our Version 2. A large cast piece, as you might expect from Dickens sweep of Victorian London, with 32 roles plus chorus.
- Similarly, Suzan Holder’s Cinderella is our Version 6. For 18 characters plus chorus.
- Red Riding Hood [Version 3] comes from Luke Reilly, a modern, edgy retelling of the tale for a cast of 13 plus chorus.
- Vicky Orman gives us our second version of Robin Hood (although we have plenty of other appearances of Robin Hood with variations on the title).
- Getting around the version numbering problem with his title, Andrew O’Leary offers Sinbad – The Final Voyage. Traditional in style, though the content of Sinbad stories tends to be more fluid that the core stories of the panto repertoire.
- There was a race to published two new pantos by Dawn Cairns. Pinocchio (our Version 2) just got his nose in front. The other one is Alice in Pantoland with characters from the Lewis Carroll book plus a few extras on a quest to find who has stolen the jam tarts.
- Bob Heather and Cheryl Barrett are running a series of pantomime workshops. Their next scheduled event is at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey on August 31st. (They are open for bookings elsewhere and elsewhen.) Meanwhile, they have been shortening some of their longer scripts (because some of them were getting a bit long for modern taste in family shows), so we have recently republished their Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (our version 4) and Cheryl’s rags-to-Lord-Mayor-of-London Whittington (our Version 7).
- Nigel Holloway has set a series of comedies amongst the members of the Off-The-Wall Theatre Group. The latest is Blackmailing Butterflies, which sees the company preparing for a production of The Beggar’s Opera, tackling mid-life crises and dealing with an ambitious blackmailer.
- Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Author is Peter John Cooper’s clever exploration of the relationship between Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous creation. A cast of 2M, 1F playing multiple roles.
- For Sale – Baby Shoes – Never Worn is a complete story in six words attributed to Ernest Hemingway. Damian Trasler has taken each element of the phrase to make three linked short plays following the life of a young couple. (Requires 2 to 4 actors to play 2M, 2F)
- According to Jonathan Edgington, We’re All Dead. This is a one act ghostly drama with time shifting between the present day and 1973, and some strong language.
- David John Manning’s Race To The Wheelchair is a comedy for a couple of old buffers, Catchpole and Rees, long-standing friends, despite their very different characters. (2M)
- The Spasm is Tony Best’s adaptation of a short story by Guy de Maupassant. It could be performed by a youth theatre group or older company, and uses a group of demons as a sort of Greek chorus. (Consequently very flexible numbers, from 8 upwards, of whom 4M, 2F.)
- More comedy from Michael Pearcy in The Class (1M, 5F) set in a church hall where we join Melanie’s self defence for ladies class, and we wonder about Brian’s interest.
- A charity (second-hand) emporium is The Shop, the venue for a drama by Allan Williams (2M, 5F)
- Frances A. Lewis’s farce Switched has a single set split between a living room and a dentist’s waiting room. Jeffrey gets himself into a tangle when his girlfriend and wife end up with identical handbags. (Minimum of 2M, 3F)
- Mum’s the Word by Damian Woods is a one act comedy with a single domestic set wherein David and Janet try to solve their money worries with the aid of David’s mother. (2M 3F)
- We’re not sure where to place Of Edible Houses, Risky Bargains, and Other Grimm Happenings. Steven Stack has created two one-act Grimm adaptations firstly in the form of Hansel and Gretel… and Sadie and secondly Ted. These might be done separately or put together as a full evening’s entertainment. They could be done by kids, or they could be performed by an older company to a family audience. Anyway, the tales are very neatly twisted into off-beat comedy.
- Impisi by Clive Essame is also difficult to classify. There are 22 named roles, although there could be many more, but in the original professional production, these were all played by two actors. We’re not even sure how long it is. The script itself is short, but it is essential a physical theatre piece, with the actors playing a variety of animals and recreating the African bush with movement and sound. Unusually, we’ve put a link on the web site to a video of extracts from the original production to give a feel for the possibilities of this startling piece of theatre.
Having completed his one-act abridgements of all of Shakespeare’s plays, Bill Tordoff has turned his attention to other parts of the 17th century. This time it’s Webster’s turn.
- A Fifty-Minute Duchess of Malfi cuts John Webster’s original text down to 50 minutes or so. The eponymous heroine is a rich widow. Her brothers – a duke and a cardinal – want control of her wealth and so have forbidden her from marrying. This being Webster, it’s not going to have a happy ending for anyone.
- A Fifty-Minute White Devil combines politics, power, marriage and murder. This is Grand Guignol; don’t bother to ask who dies, it’s just a matter of where, when and how.
Sketches, Skits and Short Plays
- The Perfect Couple compare their idyllic marriage with those of their friends in Jonathan Edgington’s comedy sketch (1M, 1F).
- Telephone (and romantic) etiquette is the theme of The Hang-Up by Helen Gent, a very short sketch for a cast of two, each blessed with a cell-phone.
- Keith Badham’s Well-Read was probably written for a pair of high school students, but would also be suitable for a slightly older cast (1M, 1F).
- We’ve published a couple of new comedy sketches by Cheryl Barrett – there’s The Ice Cream Man Cometh (3M), set alongside an ice cream van and First Impressions (2F) set in an (invisible) art gallery.
- In Biter Bit by Mo Foster, two women sit back-to-back on stage – but they are not in the same place; what they are sharing is a phone call.
We’ve added to our catalogue of recordings
- We have vocal and backing CDs available for An Heir for the King, Wesley Knoch’s new musical play (see above).
- We’ve added backing tracks (as MP3 files) for two of the pieces for Nigel Holloway’s Blackmailing Butterflies (see above). The show includes a few more musical pieces, for which we supply scores with the Producer’s Copy of the script, but these are intended to be sung unaccompanied.
- At the request of a customer, we’ve created a vocal CD for Sue Gordon’s kids’ musical The Point of the Pyramid (an educational musical comedy mystery!)
That’s all for now, but as ever there will be more along soon.
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