THE SAFETY OFFICER – ONE ACT COMEDY FOR SEVEN ACTORS
In this one act comedy, a fire has occurred backstage of a theatre just before a play is about to be presented – actually, the fire has already been put out (They think.) The theatre management’s unsuccessful efforts in trying to conceal the incident results in one of the company’s actor’s (Rex) being sent onstage in an effort to quell any possible unrest amongst the audience (he pretends he is the Theatre’s Fire Officer). But instead he uses the opportunity to lambaste the play’s producer (Gerald) and another actor (Rodney). … In an effort to get him offstage, an actress (Carol) is sent on in order to try to persuade him to get off. Rex is in love with Carol, but she does not reciprocate his feelings – she in fact loves Rodney. Happenings onstage result in Rodney dashing on in an effort to assault Rex. … Another actress (Monica) later gets involved, as does Gerald. … The play ends with the cast about to dash offstage after hearing the sirens of fire engines pulling-up outside the front of the theatre.
Author: Thomas Baines
Type: One act comedy
Cast: 7 5m 2f. The two male fireman can also be played by women.
Ages of the actors: Twenties to middle aged
Suitable for: All ages
Length: 25 minutes
Set: A BACKDROP: The bottom centre part of which is black over an appreciable area where it appears to have been scorched by a fire. This and surrounding areas of the stage floor are damp and there are small pools of water on the floor in the vicinity. A fire has obviously been recently dampened down.
THE STAGE CURTAINS are called for in the plot.
TWO FAIRLY LARGE FIRE HOSES – being rolled up (the flat fire services type – not garden hose).
Level of difficulty: 8/10 – there is a lot of physical comedy and there are many sound effects in the script
Cost is $5
Copyright ©December 2014 Thomas Baines and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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