Royalty-free plays available separately or as a package deal. $10 per play, with a 10 per cent discount if all ten scripts are purchased.

Playtime! – Conduct your own play reading at home or school or as a fundraiser.

Select your plays, choose your cast and venue (your lounge room, local pub, or hall), set an entry fee and invite you audience to vote on the best of play and actors on the night.

1. Errata

After Jesu Kristos, the great philosopher, is misquoted in an interview, things start to spiral out of control. Will this mean tragedy for Jesu and his girlfriend Mary? An absurdist take on the true origins of Christianity and comment on the nature of journalism.

Genre: Comedy/satire

Set: An academic’s office and a kitchen – tables and chairs

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4, (3 M, 1 F)

Production history

2013, GEMBROOK, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, Gemco, directed by Chantelle Ashby, 2nd place in People’s Choice Awards, published in Little Gems 2013.

2014, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Script-in-Hand, Sydney, 2014 directed by Rob White

2017, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, adapted for radio and performed by Radio Playhouse, directed by Stephen Carnell.

2019, CASTLEMAINE, AUSTRALIA, Hobo Players Showcase, Senior Citizens’ Hall, directed by Jeff Jones

****

2. Members Only

Karen discovers that there is life after death – on one condition. An absurdist comedy about our modern-day frustration with passwords.

Genre: Comedy/Satire

Set: A waiting room in front of some impressive gates. (Gates may be implied by characters stage-front staring into audience).

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 3 (1F, 2 M or F)

Production history

2016, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Top 80 Short + Sweet 2016, directed by Mark Nagle, starring Bodelle de Ronde, Amelia Morris and Joanna Kedziora. (Fourth place).

****

3. She Drinks

A lonely woman sits at a bar recalling the murder of her mother at the hands of her father.

Genre: Dramatic monologue, written in rhyme

This play may be performed as a monologue or as a two-hander, with the woman sitting at a bar with the (silent) bartender pouring drinks.

Set: A bar

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 (1F, 1M or F)

Production history

2015, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Rhymes with Silence, a selection of plays about domestic violence, produced by Joy Roberts and Glen Groves for Improvising Change, starring Liz Hovey as the woman and Bendegus Daniel Devenyi-Botis as the bar tender.

2015, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, for Script in Hand, directed by Chrissy de Silva, starring Liz Hovey as the woman and Bendegus Daniel Devenyi-Botis as the bar tender.

****

4. Oliver with a Twist

Four people go out for dinner. It’s complicated. A Dickens’ inspired sizzling satire about our modern food culture.

Genre: Comedy/Satire

Set: A restaurant dining room.

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 6 (M or F).

Production history

2014, SINGAPORE, Singapore Arts House, directed by Susie Penrice Tyrie and featuring The Twisties (TJ Taylor, Louise Ballantyne, Varshini Victoria, Ruth Mannion, Carolyn Camoens and Owen Belliveu) for the Arts House 10th Anniversary Open Call.

2015, SINGAPORE, The British Club, rehearsed for What the Dickens, a trio of Dickens’ inspired plays, sadly cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

2019, SINGAPORE, Goodman Centre, produced by Dream Catcher and Arc Light Productions for Timeless Tales, A Family Theatre Fest, directed by Susie Penrice Tyrie.

****

5. Greater Expectations

Pip meets Estella at a fancy restaurant, planning to propose, only to find that Estella has greater expectations.

Genre: Comedy/Drama (LBGTQ themes)

Set: A fancy restaurant

Duration: 15 mins Cast: 5 (1M, 2F, 2 M or F)

Production history

2015, SINGAPORE, The British Club, rehearsed for What the Dickens, a trio of Dickens’ inspired plays, sadly cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

****

6. Hard Times with the Semi-Naked Chef Oliver Jamie

Celebrity chef Oliver Jamie and his special guest Nigella Lawson demonstrate thrifty recipes from Oliver’s latest book during his weekly cooking show. A Dickens’ inspired satire, featuring audience participation.

Genre: Comedy/Drama (sexual references)

Set: A demonstration kitchen on a television cooking show

Duration: 15 mins Cast 1M, 1F

Production history

2015, SINGAPORE, The British Club, rehearsed for What the Dickens, a trio of Dickens’ inspired plays, sadly cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

2014, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Script-in-Hand, directed by Kaye Lopez, starring Gabriel McCarthy as Oliver Jamie and Katie Shearer as Nigella Awesome.

****

7. Advice to Young Lovers on Valentine’s Day

A flower-shop owner reflects on love on Valentine’s Day, based on a true story.

Genre: Comedy monologue  

Set: A flower shop restaurant

Duration: 10 mins Cast. 1F, IM voice over

Production history

2003, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Life Matters, ABC Radio National, prose version

2012, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIAWriters Theatre, Carlton Courthouse, Monologue Soiree 

****

8. Sweet Bird of Youth – A monologue about the agony and ecstasy of aging

A woman reflects on her life so far the night before her 50th birthday.

Genre: Comedy monologue (language warning)

Set: A chair and kitchen table covered with papers

Duration: 10 mins Cast. 1 (F)

Production history

2014, MELBOURNE Writers Theatre, Carlton Court House, directed by Elizabeth Walley.

****

9. The Last Minute

Mary explains why for the first time in 28 years, she hasn’t got a turkey or a tree for the family Christmas.

Genre: Comedy/dramatic monologue

Set: A living room,

Duration: 5 mins Cast. 1F

Production history

2014, MELBOURNE Writers Theatre, Carlton Courthouse, Monologue Evening, directed by Elizabeth Walley and performed by Carolyn Masson

2020, BROOKLYN, USA, Brave New World Repertory Theatre, for Over and Above, Women Over 55 Speak, streamed monologue evening, directed by Laura Patinkin and performed by Leslie Ellis.

****

10. Something Different

Inspired by a visit to her hairdresser, a woman finds the courage to challenge her husband about their relationship.

Genre: Comedy/dramatic monologue

Set: A living room,

Duration: 5 mins Cast. 1F

Production history

2020, BROOKLYN, USA, Brave New World Repertory Theatre, Over and Above, Women Over 55 Speak, streamed monologue evening, directed by Sandra Bargman and performed by Caroline Ryburn

11. Change Shift

Sonja needs to get to the Indian Embassy fast to pick up her passport to get to Nadu the next morning for her wedding. Mr Goh needs to get to Tampines for his change shift. Will they make it? And what will they learn along the way?

Genre: comedy – English and Tamil

Set: A rainy Friday night at a Singapore taxi rank.

Duration: 10 mins. Cast 3 (1M, 1F, 1 M or F)

Production History

2016, SINGAPORE, Pathey Nimidam, 10-minute Tamil play festival, Aliwal Arts Centre, directed by Susie Penrice Tyrie, starring Drake Lim as Mr Goh, Varshini Victoria as Sonja and Ammu Thomas as the High Commissioner office worker.

2020, SINGAPORE, Pathey Nimidam, 10-minute Tamil play festival, Esplanade Theatre, Singapore, live stream in November, directed by Susie Penrice Tyrie, starring Drake Lim as Mr Goh, Hasisha as Sonja and Ammu Thomas as the High Commissioner office worker.