The latest round of scripts published by Lazy Bee Scripts have been gathered together in their regular newsletter (The Buzz). I’ve taken that list and some of the other notices and put them here for your edification. All the scripts can be found by searching the title or author at www.lazybeescripts.co.uk and it’s always worth checking out “What’s New” on the website.
Plays for Schools and Youth Theatre
Our latest publication for children (covering a range of ages) are:-
- Peter Yates dispels a few Nordic myths while providing some real historical insight in his school piece The Vikings (9M, 3F)
- The Seven Wonders (17M, 4F) by Nicholas Richards is an accessible and educational school play, that teaches not only history but also the power of books, and their ability to educate and inspire.
- Roger Hurn’s new plays are ideal for school assemblies. Thor’s Hammer (7M, 1F) is based on a traditional Scandinavian folk story, and Joseph And The Truth Stick (2M, 0F) provides a cautionary tale from ancient Egypt.
- Face2Face (15M, 9F), Helen Spencer’s school ensemble piece is designed for Key Stage 2 pupils, with the theme of bullying at its core, though has many humorous TV-themed interludes. Sam is a delightful child – happy, smiley and kind to others. Well, at least that’s the impression she gives to grown-ups. When her parents aren’t looking, or the teachers’ backs are turned, Sam reveals her true personality.
- Gerry Murphy’s single setting piece The Three Wishes (7M, 3F) tells the cautionary tale of an impoverished peasant who makes a Faustian pact with Lucifer.
- Young people come of age in the high school drama Behind Their Eyes (8M, 7F). The play is a poignant dramatisation of the real life stories and experiences witnessed by the author Taylor Seymour.
Musicals and Musical Plays
Shows with a significant musical element – original songs or song suggestions.
- Sarah Archer’s comedy drama Dearly Beloved (1M, 3F) features an original song and the opportunity for two others, and sees three very different people trapped in a mysterious room. The trio must work together to find the answers that will set them free.
- More amateur dramatics chaos in Cheryl Barrett’s comedy Free For Hall, as a double booking in the village hall leads to a tense stand-off. There is potential for two song and dance routines.
- Trinity Road School Reunion by Dawn Cairns is a full length musical with suggested songs. A class comes back together years after school has finished, for a 70s night at a local pub. New romances awaken, and old ones are remembered. Some have changed quite dramatically, but the old bully is still the same.
- And while we’re here, I should mention Ruth, Graham W Evans’s musical telling of the bible story. We published this some time ago, but we have, at long last, added Graham’s CD of backing tracks for the show.
We’ve also belatedly added vocal demos for a couple of children’s shows: A Musical Mother Goose by Gerald P. Murphy and Minny Pinny Makes a Difference by Stuart Ardern.
We are sponsoring the writing competition for full-length plays run by Bread & Roses Theatre. (Submissions close on September 30.) They are seeking plays with a majority of female roles (which is a good thing, reflecting the make-up of many theatre companies). More information on their web site. We look forward to reading the winning entries, meanwhile, our latest publications are:-
- Ethan Bortman’s Obvious Guilt (4M, 3F) has been remastered with a British setting. Nigel’s wife has gone missing and her mother is determined to involve the police. As time goes by, things look blacker for Nigel, but he protests his innocence to the last.
- A vivid historical drama on the life and loves of Byron, Mad, Bad, And Dangerous To Know (2M, 4F) is told largely from the female perspective, written by Jim and Bronwyn Jameson.
- Play Safe (6M, 5F) from Paul Rudelhoff & Jane Hilliard is a full length farce set in a home for retired entertainers. Trouble brews as two rookie criminals break in, with the intention of stealing the combination to a safe.
- Lee Stewart’s Legacy (3M, 2F) centres around a dysfunctional family attending the reading of Uncle John’s will. The provisos within lead the characters to in-fighting and nefarious scheming in a bid to get their hands on the inheritance.
- Greeting Cards (2M, 2F), Frank Flynn’s comedy drama centres around two roommates. Robbie is out of work, having suffered a stroke, while Max struggles to care for him. Two women, Mandy and Max’s sister Gertie provide the catalyst for life saving changes for the pair. There are three possible endings to choose from in Robert Scott’s The Amateur Killer (3M, 4F), a murder mystery drama centring around a local amateur dramatics society. Director Daniel is letting his personal history with Lucas affect their relationship as he directs the production of Adieu, but it’s his knowledge of Lucas’ affair with Natalie that will lead to murder.
- Two spirits ponder the manner of their death in Herb Hasler’s A Haunted Haunting (8M, 7F). Confusions arise in this full length comedy, as medium Mona summons a host of oddball spirits to find the answer.
- To Shut The Mouth Of Lions (4M, 2F) is a powerful drama from Dave Clark. William’s wilful refusal to acknowledge his son’s lifestyle choice leads to a Christmas confrontation with his family.
- Take five ladies of varying backgrounds and put them in the rest room at an exercise class. They talk about their lives, their hopes and fears openly and unashamedly. Add into the mix a young, single, male fitness instructor and see what happens in Geoff Fulford’s Exercise In Discretion (2M, 5F)
Sketches, Skits and Short Plays
Mainly sketches, this time, but also a couple of short plays. All running to less than 20 minutes.
- Two Yorkshiremen share anniversary gift ideas and other worldly wisdom in Cheryl Barrett‘s Silver-Tongued
- The mercurial minds at TLC Creative have gifted us with a menagerie of new skits, the settings of which range from boardrooms to safari parks. These offerings come from David Lovesy with occasional help from Brian Two, and one contribution from Damian Trasler: The Business Meeting (2M 1F), Soul Bargain (2M), Imagine You Are A Tree (2 Either), The Wonders Of Science (2M), Is This A Sketch? (2 Either), The Earthquake Drill (1F, 2 Either), Shyfari (2M, 1 Either), and A Day At A Spa Resort (2M)
- I Will Pass My Jeans On from Patricia G is a short but sweet piece. Two sisters sort through some old clothes for the charity shop while their mother watches on.
- Three new contributions from Robert Scott give equally humorous, sharp and absurd takes on the worlds of art critique, classical music and Hollywood film: Joan: The Movie (2 Either), For The Love Of Art (3M), and Symphony Dreadful (1M, 2 Either)
- Philistines and experts face off in Herb Hasler’s Art’s Gallery. (2M 1F)
- Olivia Arieti adapts a Mary E. Wilkins story in The Mayor’s Christmas Masquerade (5M, 7F)
- The customer is always right, although in Peter Keel’s Book City they can sometimes struggle with the finer points. (1M, 2 Either)
- Tony Domaille’s spoof detective noir Rick Risk P.I. sees the title character embark on an amusingly cliché ridden roller coaster, meeting the glamorous Somer Field on the way. (1M, 1F)
- A case of mistaken identity leads to A Blind Date in Rollin Jewett’s short comedy play. (2M, 1F)
- Just A Bus Driver, Susan Middaugh’s ten minute drama, sees the title character confronted with a gun wielding passenger. (2M)
Here we have some traditional panto themes, along with a smattering of unusual subjects, mainly for family audiences (but one show that definitely isn’t).
- Sharon Hulm’s collection of panto-themed sketches Behind You! features an interview with a genie, the characters of Robin Hood trying their hand at speed dating, and a piratey job interview. More fairytale worlds collide in Goldie Locks And Some Other Guys, Sharon’s latest full length offering, where Goldie, jewel thief extraordinaire, is pursued by three hungry bears.
- Cinderessex by Barry Smith is most definitely not suitable for family viewing. Fairy Nuff’s magic allows Cinderessex to attend an exclusive party at The Glass Slipper club, owned by millionaire England footballer Jack Charming. Only until midnight, that is.
- Richard Coleman gives us a rhyming masterclass in Chaos In Wonderland, where Alice teams up with Jack to overthrow the Queen of Hearts.
- Andrew O’Leary’s Rapunzel is our fourth published adaptation. When the wicked fairy Gothel is stripped of her powers, they are accidentally transferred to the hair of baby princess Rapunzel. Years later a brave boy sets out to find her and bring her home
- Cleopatra Kicks Some Asp is a fun packed Ancient Egyptian-themed offering from Jonathan Goodson. The evil Avaricia and her ugly sisters try to cheat young Cleo out of the Mighty Jewel of the Pharaohs.
- Our second Ali Baba panto (others have Ali Baba and something else in the title, usually thieves) is set in a Cairo bakery – Will Fatima Baba’s flatcakes ever get the seal of approval from Pharaoh Rosher? (Authors Bob Heather and Cheryl Barrett will donate a percentage of their royalties to charity.)
- Suzan Holder gives us a a revised re-telling of Cinderella, our Version 6. An updated rags-to-riches – via a pumpkin – story.
- Aladdin has been given the girl’s school treatment by Rachel Harries. This panto is designed for an all female cast, though can easily be adapted to suit a mixed bag. Evil villainesses and magic lamps abound in our tenth Aladdin adaptation.
- Dame Patsy’s pasty factory is under threat in The Parrots Of Penzance, Peter Yates’ eclectic offering. The race to capture two valuable giant Peruvian parrots descends into pantomime fun.
- Bottoms Up! – The Panto by Hilary Ayshford sees pantomime meet Shakespeare, as A Midsummer Night’s Dream is retold with a healthy mix of modern day humour and eloquent quips.
We estimate run times from the number of words. (There’s a post about this on the Beewaxing blog entitled ‘How Long is a Piece of Theatre?’) By our calculations, all these plays have run times of between 20 minutes and an hour. The upper boundary may be of concern to groups planning competition entries (because usually there’s an upper limit of 50 or 55 minutes). This concerned Tony Frier in particular, as his play would make a good festival piece but is possibly on the long side (though your production may well run at a faster pace). In any case, Tony’s production notes say that he is amenable to cuts to meet festival limits.
- Scott Kingsnorth gives us the remarkable Palindrome (1M, 4F), a dystopian drama with a unique narrative. Ladies (2F), on the other hand gives us a more identifiable tale of post-wedding-party blues.
- The true story of Donnie Merrett is superbly adapted to the stage in Tony Frier’s powerful drama As The Clock Struck Ten (6M, 4F). At the age of 17, Merrett shoots his mother after she discovers he had been forging cheques in her name. Joining the navy reserve upon release from prison, he soon returns to a life of crime and debauchery. After fleeing the military and narrowly escaping court martial he heads back to London where he continues to demand money to fund his habits.
- Our Little Secret (2M, 1F) is Rollin Jewett’s award winning comic drama. Darlene’s evening in is interrupted by an armed intruder, and an unlikely relationship develops between the pair.
- Geoff Rose-Michael’s latest thrillers are three different tales of drama and deceit – the dire consequences of cheating a driving exam in The Test (1M, 1F), a sinister cover-up in When You’re Dead (3M 2F), and an armed robbery that isn’t as it seems in Innocent Witness (2M, 2F).
- Window Pain (3M, 4F) is a bitter-sweet comedy from Patricia G. Brenda thinks she knows all her neighbour’s secrets from the comfort of her window. The residents of her neighbourhood, however, have their own stories to tell, and they are stark contrasts to Brenda’s preconceived ideas.
- An American and an English couple squabble in Rosemary Frisino Toohey’s drama Fish Have Feelings Too (3M, 3F). Eventually the couples’ children diffuse the situation give them something else to think about
- Matters Arising (4M, 1F) by Richard Moore features a routine will-reading gone awry, unveiling the web of deceit in the secret lives of the beneficiaries.
- An obsession with ancestry and a desire to claim the inheritance of an obscure relative are the driving points of American Dreaming (5M, 5F), David Pemberton’s comedy drama.
There are three new interactive murder mysteries in the latest crop. Time for your audience to get out their magnifying glasses and work out whodunnit…
- Downtown Crabbey is a period mystery by Joanne Mercer, set in 1900 in a London hotel trying to cater for American tourists. The impending arrival of a hotel inspector has caused a panic in the dining room and, worst of all, a fork has gone missing.
- Nostalgia for a different period from Debi Irene Wahl in The Monster Mashed – a mystery for a small cast of comedy horror characters, with a couple of songs thrown in for good measure.
- Richard Adams presents a detective-led mystery in Mystic Myrtle which starts with a visit to a fortune teller and leads into an intricate tale where all of the characters have motives for doing one another in. So the first mystery is who goes first.
New Web Site Features
Pick a number (not quite any number)
If you buy a performance set of scripts from us, we used to define that as one Producer’s Copy and a fixed number of Cast Copies. Now we’ve changed that so that the customer can choose the number of Cast Copies. Normally, at this point, you’d be given a sales pitch about why more Cast Copies would be useful to you. Of course I’m going to do that, but I’ll also tell you why you might want fewer (the cheaper option).
With some scripts, particularly large cast productions, it’s possible to have one actor playing multiple roles. If you know you’re going to do that, then you can pick the number of Cast Copies you need. (There is a lower limit, which is the feasible minimum cast size.)
On the other hand, you might want additional copies for members of a chorus, for prompt and stage crew and to give to competition judges. In that case you can add as many Cast Copies as you need.
(The same function also makes it possible to order multiple Review copies.)
Buy a collection, perform a script
We have a small number of “collections” – sets of scripts, generally sketches or short pieces, grouped by theme and bundled together (at a discount over the sum of the individual parts). Occasionally, customers want to buy the collection but perform just some of the component scripts. Our web site will now recognise this automatically and grant performance rights for individual scripts that were bought as part of a collection.
Get an up-to-date catalogue
We’ve moved the Catalogue (or Catalog, if you prefer the US spelling) into the [Browse] menu. We’ve also updated so that the catalogue is generated when you click the button, so you instantly get a PDF which includes the latest publications.
Build your own catalogue
The point of the catalogue is to be printable (so that you can hand a copy round). The problem with a catalogue is that it contains a lot of things that you don’t want mixed in with the things you might want. The Lazy Bee Scripts search engine gives results that are closer to what you are looking for, but it’s more difficult to print. Aha! There’s now a button which enables you to create a PDF of your search results.
We have, for a while now, had a feature whereby you can generate a receipt for a paid order via the [Customers] menu.
We’ve extended that so that the receipts (and invoices, for orders for which you have yet to pay) are generated as PDFs – which look better and are easier to print.
This is particularly useful for customers who pay by card but want a receipt in their own currency (as long as it’s Euro or US, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand dollars). The customer’s currency part of the receipt will be approximate – because we charge in pounds and the customer’s card provider does the conversion into local currency, so we never see the exchange rate – but for most purposes it will be close enough.