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Several of my plays are available to licence for performance, direct from me, and are also represented by www.stagelaunch.co.uk and http://www.smithscripts.co.uk        - with further plays to be added in the future. 

Get in touch if you're looking for an audience reaction similar to this!


Blast from the Past 

Take one actor who wants to act; a brother, daughter and neighbour who want him to; another daughter who doesn’t, and an actor - who can’t! The scene is set for an entertaining, poignant and humorous drama about family relationships, ageing and hope. Can Tim begin to find his inner confidence, and believe that there may be a chance to act for one final time?

This ultimately uplifting, conventionally staged family friendly drama, has a running time of approximately 90 minutes. It is set in the present day and can be easily performed with minimal design and costume requirements. It consists of 2 acts with 7 scenes and an interval, and a cast of 8 characters - 4 male and 4 female (or alternatively 3 male and 4 female.) It should be noted that the lead part of Tim (whose character is aged in his mid 80s) is on stage for approximately 85% of the play, so the actor playing him would need to be confident in retaining a large amount of dialogue. I envisage that the actor portraying him will be aged in his 60s/70s. 

The title of the play has a double meaning – the main character emerging from a period of grief for his wife, stepping back into his world of work, and secondly, the happier memories of yesteryear, which he is reflecting upon. Although the main character is experiencing the very early stages of dementia, I have deliberately only touched on his illness, as it is not the main theme of the play. I was inspired to write the play, after having met and enjoyed chatting with the late classical actor/director, and Crucible Theatre founder Colin George, a charming man whom I used to serve as a customer in my day job, although it is not based on him.

My aim was to write an entertaining play with a minimal amount of conflict, which also reminds us that kindness prevails. It is not a laugh-a-minute comedy, although it has much gentle humour throughout, and judging by the audience reaction, it has plenty of laugh out loud dialogue. Plus, I also very kindly have two small 'endorsements', one from comedy legend Barry Cryer and the other from comic actor Jeffrey Holland (see below.) The characters feel very real to me, and I believe that their stories resonate with an audience, which is why I added an afterthought, as I thought it would be fun to see what happens next to each character, after the play 'ends'. I enjoyed writing the natural, conversational style dialogue, and the interplay between the characters, especially in the first and last scenes, where the humour is cranked up a notch or two. The play may be more suited to a smaller stage, by benefiting from an intimate setting, to enable the audience to be closer and more involved.
To receive further information on obtaining licence rights, and a full script with a videoed rehearsed reading (for reference purposes), please contact me.
Fees: £50.00 per performance. Digital script: £10.00. An initial (two-thirds) preview script is available to read without charge.
'I found this fascinating from the start, dealing as it does, with the bleak subject of dementia, with an undercurrent of humour throughout. I find some other writers especially interesting, as their work is so different from mine and this represents the perfect formula. Read, absorb and enjoy.'  Barry Cryer

‘I enjoyed it enormously. It has humour and a great deal of poignancy and enormous depth of human feeling. Congratulations on a very fine piece of work.’  Jeffrey Holland

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The actors who played the two brothers were superb. I was totally immersed in the characters of Tim and Eddie and their stories, expressing themselves in natural dialogue that recalled the typical everyday conversations that are familiar to us. Their easy rapport, good humour, and sharing of nostalgic memories, some of which were quite rueful, created very credible characters. The actor brother Tim, living on his own had a particular touch of poignancy, lightened by his new friendship with the charming young resident of the nearby flat. The dialogue reflecting the contrast between the two sisters, clearly painted their characters and threw a spotlight on well meaning adult children who can undermine their elderly parents. As for the audition scene – what fun!’  Flavia McCarney
Stage Door Blues

Liz is determined to wait until she has her theatre programme signed. Robert is impatient, and persists in undermining her and Russ, an actor, because of her infatuation with him. Can they overcome their differences and bickering, and is Liz able to hold on to her secret?

This short comedy drama has a running time of approximately 17 minutes. It is set in the present day and does not require any props. It consists of 1 act with a cast of 3 characters - 2 male and 1 female (all aged mid 50s - 60s.) The play was inspired by standing outside the stage door of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane until midnight on a freezing November evening.

If you want a fun script which will make the audience chuckle, with a terrific plot twist half way through (which some may have cottoned onto a little earlier!), please contact me.

In July 2019 it reached the short list of Pintsized Plays, the 
international competition for short plays.

Fees: £20.00 per performance. Digital script: £5.00. An initial (two-thirds) preview script is available to read without charge.


Grammatically Speaking

Simon decides to carry out his first burglary, unknowingly breaking into his former school teacher's cottage. Clive tries to convince Simon that everyone deserves a second chance but is everything as it seems?

This short (friendly) ghost drama has a running time of approximately 13 minutes. It is set in the present day and can be performed with minimal scenery/props. The script relies on numerous sound effects to enhance the production and build the 

suspense, and consists of 1 act with a cast of 2 characters - both male (aged late 20s and mid 70s), although there's no reason why both could not be played by either sex.  

An unusual script, where to some, it may become apparent that one of the characters is a ghost, while to others, possibly not. You know what to do...

In July 2020 it reached the long list of Pintsized Plays, the international competition for short plays.
 
Fees: £20.00 per performance. Digital script: £5.00. An initial (two-thirds) preview script is available to read without charge.


A Fishy Tail
The dramatic rescue of a girl on the Cornish coastline is linked by the account of an elderly man, who has waited to tell a similar story most of his life. Can they both convince those who doubt them, that the incredible events, connected by many decades apart, did really happen?
This short drama has a running time of approximately 13 minutes. It is set in the present day and does not require any props. It consists of 1 act with a cast of 4 characters - 2 male (aged
early 50s and early 90s) and 2 female (aged early 40s and 9.)                          

A quirky script with an older mysterious character, and a fantasy element - which still feels believable. Go on, go on, go on!
‘A very uplifting piece with some intriguing twists and turns. I very much enjoyed the fantasy elements that became evident towards the end of the piece, and the sense of being in on the secret that arises from Estie wishing Fred goodbye and realising she also knows his name without being told. Starting out there is a clear sense of drama, but it transforms through the piece and we are left feeling almost like it was a fairytale.’  Underscore Studios
‘I really enjoyed your play and can see it working as a lovely short film.’  Jessica Elisa Boyd, St Elmo Pictures
Fees: £20.00 per performance. Digital script: £5.00. An initial (two-thirds) preview script is available to read without charge.
Please note that the above performance fees are applicable to amateur productions only. For professional use, please contact me.




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