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One-act plays for adults

 

IT'S NOT YOUR DAY IS IT?

COMEDY

First performed 1992 at Sunnybank Theatre and then it took Best Australian Script in Ipswich Drama festival, plus best actress and two minor awards. Performed several times since then.

CAST:

One female (18), one females (20s), one female (30s), one female (40+); three males 20-30s)

RUNNING TIME: 40 mins.

SYNOPSIS:

Brad is a married used-BMW salesman who is having an affair with Julie, an 18-year-old typist and another woman. Brad's two "mates" software salesmen "help" him out when the two girls appear at the same time and cause confusion. Things are compounded when his wife also turns up.

 

THE AUSSIE LAIRD OF GLENCOMRIE

COMEDY
A send up of monster movies. First performed in Ipswich Festival 1993.

CAST:
Two males, late 30s, one female late 30s, one female around 20, plus a 100-year-old hunchback Scottish butler.

RUNNING TIME: 35 mins.

SYNOPSIS:
Billy Stuart, from Sydney, is the last Laird of Glencomrie and his lives in a remote Scottish castle with his wife, Mary and daughter Stephanie, Walker the ancient butler puts fear into all of them. Billy's business mate, Dan, pays a visit and is told that Walker is trying to kill them. One by one the family is killed off and Dan reveals, he is really the last Laird, and has organised the killings. Then Walker, who has been promised everything at the end of the line, kills Dan.

 

WHAT IF THE SKY FALLS IN?

DRAMA
Historical drama, performed at Brisbane Arts Theatre and Sandgate Drama Festivals in 1994. Won Best Actress at Brisbane Arts Theatre festival.

CAST:
One male, two females.

RUNNING TIME: 35 mins.

SYNOPSIS:
James Rutherford, a middle-aged teacher turned gold prospector walks into a pub-cum theatre in Ballarat in the 1800s. He meets Nellie, a 15-year-old girl who was abandoned by her gold-seeking father and had to turn to prostitution to stay alive. But she is a feisty, ruthless and independent girl. Rutherford likes the girl and buys her dinner, much to the chagrin of the "respectable" waitress, Maria. Rutherford talks Nellie into going away with him to live at the gold mine. Two months later Nellie returns to the hotel, having tired of the life of living with a man for food and board. She wants to make money to fulfil her own ambitions. Maria thinks she was crazy to pass up such an opportunity of security. Rutherford follows Nellie back and, after showing Nellie the huge nugget her mined, she swallows her pride and goes off the Melbourne with him.

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