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The rat trap – large cast comedy farce

large cast comedy farce

THE RAT TRAP – LARGE CAST COMEDY FARCE

Lord Arthur Harringway has a tricky problem. He’s just been given twenty four hours to live. Naturally this presents somewhat of a conundrum to him. The most pressing part of the conundrum is his annoying fortune.  Because he has to leave it to somebody. But to whom?

Not one of his relations is at all nice. In fact, the thought of leaving his money to any of them makes him turn in his grave (well nearly.) His relations are so odious that he devises a plan to trick them into thinking that he’s going to give all his money to them and punish them once and for all for all the trouble they’ve caused him in this large cast comedy farce.

He comes up with a cunning plan and that very night, summons all his relations to his mansion and sets them a task: Whoever can find the elusive portrait of his great aunt Agatha will be the sole heir to all his fortune. But where is the portrait? And who else knows of its existence…….

A large cast comedy farce in two acts with the best and worst of family, double crossing and mistresses.

Read about playwright Claire Demmer. Other best selling comedies (farces) (Don’t say you’re Harry) by Claire

Author: Claire Demmer

Genre: Large cast comedy farce

Type: Two act play

Cast: 5M, 5F, cast of ten

Ages of the actors: Adults from their twenties up to as old as you like

Length: 90-100 minutes

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The office of Sir Arthur Harringway the third. A sombre gentleman’s room with a large desk with drawer at an angle facing the audience SR, as well as a sofa and a few smaller armchairs SL. A drinks cabinet is upstage from the sofa. There is a door right upstage leading to the house and a door left upstage leading upstairs to the bedrooms. There is a wall safe behind a large painting between the two doors. The door to an en suite WC opens SL.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – achieving elements of farce. A trick painting that swings up and down would need to be sturdily installed. Permission is given to modify the painting or use an alternative prop.

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Copyright © September 2016 Claire Demmer and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other two-act comedies and farces:

Leak in the En Suite – classic British Sex farce
The Mayhem Motel – two act American Farce
Lofty Larceny – hysterical two-act comedy about an insurance scam gone wrong

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Am I good? – one act comedy scripts

one act comedy scripts

AM I GOOD? – ONE ACT COMEDY SCRIPTS

In this one act comedy, Nora is anxiously preparing for a big date, when her next door neighbour, Mrs Henderson, arrives at the door with a family emergency and asks if she could leave her sixteen year old son, Brody with Nora for a short time. Nora says yes, of course, but what she doesn’t know is that while she was getting ready, the hem of her skirt had gotten caught in her waistband on the one side, exposing half of her bottom and her thong for Brody to see.

A lovely piece for three actors with great comic elements but also shows the development of the characters as the play progresses.

“Am I Good,” written by Jean Blasiar and directed by Sarah Albertson with a screamingly funny performance by the youthful Caber Russell as Brody and an innocently sexy performance by Ann McCormick as Nora Fisher. “

 To commemorate its 20th year of offering up the “8 Tens @ Eight” festival, a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays, the Actors’ Theatre this year is produced 16 playlets, one of which was ‘Am I good?’

Read more about playwright Jean Blasiar. Other plays by Jean Blasiar.

Author: Jean Blasiar

Genre: One act comedy scripts

Type: One act play

Cast: Three 2F 1M

Ages of the actors: One middle aged F (small part), one F in her twenties and one M aged 16

Length: Twenty minutes

Suitable for: PG 14

Set: An ordinary living room with flowers, candles, wine and a bottle opener.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – comic to more serious elements in this play for two main actors

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Copyright © July 2015 Jean Blasiar and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other one acts for small casts

Wilson – one act duologue
Rhetorical – one act couple drama
Chicken, airbags and wors – South African comedy scripts

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The Last Time I saw Paris – Three act comedy plays

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS – THREE ACT COMEDY PLAYS

three act comedy plays

The Last Time I saw Paris – the alternative history – How the horse of Troy thing really went down! Complete with Greek Gods that are actually Scottish, and many, many puns, this teen parody on the Trojan wars in the style of the ‘Carry On films’ will have the cast giggling away , and the audience too. Featuring: Helen of Sparta, Paris, Hector, Achilles and a host of other mythical characters and complete with two songs and incidental music. It is a great play for a large cast, such as a secondary or high school or community theatre group.

Read about author Keith Passmore. Other plays by Keith Passmore.

Author: Keith Passmore

Genre: Historical parody

Type: Three act comedy play

Number of actors: Forty seven parts but may be doubled up

Ages of the actors: Teen to adult

Suitable for: Teens to adults

Length: 2-2.5 hours

Set: Various – various palaces, a wedding reception, palace grounds

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 crowd control

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© July 2014 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other large cast plays

A manger carol – nativity play for teens and older children
Aladdin – the comedy!
The Dragons of spring – two act medieval teen comedy

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If God Ate Fried Chicken – Short Comedy Plays

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IF GOD ATE FRIED CHICKEN – SHORT COMEDY SCRIPTS

If God Ate Fried Chicken is the story of Father Seacrest and Sister Blanche, secretly out on a date together to a chicken joint. Little do they know that fate has other plans for them, as uninvited outing guests begin showing up one after another, ending in the two of them hiding in the kitchen of the restaurant, and the police being called. By the end of it, all, it’s going to take a little divine intervention to keep things going even further south.

Read about playwright Timothy Starnes.

Dedication: “This script is dedicated to the one-and-only Savanah Jillani, whose winding, farcical stories of her own homeschooling inspire much of the aesthetic of the work. While as far as I know she’s never accidentally held-up a fried chicken restaurant, it all does not seem too far off, however, a bit unlikely though, seeing as she’s a vegetarian.”

Author:Timothy Starnes

Genre: Short Comedy Scripts

Type: One Act Plays

Length: Fifteen Minutes, 15 min.

Number of Actors: Eight minimum but more can be used

Ages of the actors: Some teenagers and up.

Suitable for: All ages

Set: A counter at a typical fried chicken outlet

Level of Difficulty: 6/10 – easy script – crowding onstage.

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Copyright February 2014 Timothy Starnes and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Read some other short comedy scripts:

A Blind Date – short romantic comedy script
But I’m French – short black box stage comedy script
Insurance on the line – ten minute comedy scripts
Meeting Meryl – theatre of the absurd
Road rage – a tongue in cheek short comedy

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You do love me, don’t you? A Scary Psycho Thriller in One Act – scary plays

SCARY PLAYS

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“YOU DO LOVE ME, DON’T YOU?” – A DARK COMEDY CUM SCARY PSYCHO THRILLER IN ONE ACT – scary plays

Peta-Ann brings the love of her life, Leon home to meet her family for the first time.   Her parents, Robert and Glenda are naturally skeptical about a boy Peta swears is “the one” when she has only known Leon for a few short weeks. Leon is everything a girl would dream of in a guy – polite, attentive and extremely loving towards Peta. So loving, in fact, that he doesn’t want anything to get in the way of their happiness…..

A new scary psycho thriller play by our award winning author, Claire Demmer, about really getting to know the man you love…………..before taking him home. The play starts off as a comedy, then depending on how it is directed, abruptly transitions into a psycho thriller or alternatively, a dark comedy.

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Author: Claire Demmer

Characters: 5, (2M, 3F)

Ages of Actors: 2 middle aged, 2 twenties, 1 teen

Length: 35 minutes

Genre: Thriller,Dark Comedy, SCARY PLAYS

Type: One Act Play

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 – achieving, building and maintaining tension through the play

Suitable for: PG 12

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The Gold Locket – a one act drama for stage

The Gold Locket – A One Act Drama for Stage

 

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What would  you do if you found out that your father had had an affair while your late mother was alive? And then you start to unravel even more skeletons in the family closet…

This is a family saga of a dysfunctional family and a portrait of the generation gap that exists in every family.

Winner of “Best Original Script” in 2011 Franklin Festival.

Author: Ana Holmes

Characters: 1M, 7F

Ages of Performers: 2 40′s up, 2 adult, 4 children to young teens

Suitable for: All Ages

Genre: Drama

Length of Play:25-30 minutes

Type: One Act Festival Play

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Copyright Ana Holmes August 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

Ad Hoc – A Comedy in Three Acts (with a hint of romance)

 Ad Hoc – A Comedy  in Three Acts (with a hint of romance)

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In this comedy in three acts…..Meet Malcolm – feigning work in an advertising agency when he is, in fact, writing a play, also set in an ad agency, in which the characters are becoming more real to him than his own life. He can think of nothing else, not even his partner Charley, who’d give anything if Malcolm knew the color of her eyes. Instead, she spends her days getting him out of trouble whilst he works on his masterpiece. When Malcolm loses his job, and moves to another agency, he finds that the characters in his play are a little more real than even he thought possible in this comedy in three acts…

Read more about author Morley Shulman

Other comedies by Morley Shulman

Author: Morley Shulman

Characters: 9M, 3F

Genre: Romantic Comedy in three acts

Length:  2-2.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 (making characters believable as it is a play within a play)

Suitable for: All ages

Ages of Performers: Mid twenties up to late Forties

Set: Typical ad agency office with a desk and papers, a computer and an office door

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Copyright August 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

 

Missing the Mark – a comedy in one act

Missing The Mark – A Comedy in One Act

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In this comedy in one act, Devon and Ethan have known each other since high school and now they have a successful racket as con men.  Devon has the perfect plan to scam a boat load of cash off of rich women by posing as producers making a big Hollywood blockbuster.  The two men set up a phony office and hire a pistol of a temp named Starla to run it.  A couple of promising marks come along including Shelly, a ditzy blonde, and Charlene, the eccentric wife of a billionaire who would give anything to be in the movies.  Everything seems to be going to plan until Devon’s ex-girlfriend Callia, who was also ripped off  by Devon shows up. She wants revenge…and a cut of the action.  Comedy and hijinx ensue as everyone tries to find out who’s conning who in this comedic farce.

Author: Michael Maxwell

Characters:  Cast 5F, 2M

Length: 60 Minutes

Genre: Comedy

Suitable for: Suitable for All Ages

Age of  Performers: Twenties to Middle Aged performers

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 (Timing)

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Copyright August 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other crime ridden comedies:

Guilty party – whodunit three act farce
Road rage – tongue in cheek short two hander comedy
Don’t knock – comedy thriller script

An Empty Chair

 

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 A drama about a man named Kevin who was in a car accident, suffered major head trauma and is subsequently in a coma. The play opens and he finds himself in an empty room with a single chair with a sign on it that says “Do Not Sit.”  Kevin can hear everything that is happening in the world around him. Throughout the play, Kevin has the choice to come out of his coma, but has to come to terms with shocking revelations revealed throughout the play in order to do this.

Author: Damien Darr

Characters: 5M, 1 F

Length: 45 minutes, One Act Play

Genre: Drama

Difficulty: 7/10 ( Giving convincing dramatic performances that aren’t over the top)

Suitable for: All ages

Age of Performers: 1 child actor, rest adult to middle age.

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Copyright July 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

 

Sleeping Beauty the Pantomime

Sleeping Beauty the pantomine – A Tongue in Cheek Modern Day Pantomime

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It’s a modern day Sleeping Beauty, complete with an IT nerd, a heroine who is a member of Greenpeace and a deliciously wicked Augusta Stern, fired from Castletech, who plans to poison the lovely Aurora on her sixteenth birthday. There is, of course, a Dame, who writes the gossip, a tongue in cheek script and well known fun songs from all eras,  for all to enjoy. A typical traditional pantomime format and lots of fun for the whole family. Enjoy Sleeping Beauty the pantomime.

Author: Claire Demmer, Dylan Moss, Chris Esterhuyse

Characters: 2M (as female), 1F (as male), 3M, 5F, 1N

Level of Difficulty: Script 6/10, Chosen Songs 8/10

Length: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: All Ages

Ages of Actors: 16 to 60 years old

Genre: Pantomime – musical, comedy

Please note: The songs written in the script are adapted from popular music of the last 70 years. Royalties payed for this play do not include the songs – they are merely suggestions and other songs may be substituted. Royalties for each song will have to be paid to the licensing body of your particular country. Songs taken from Broadway musicals are generally allowed to be performed without paying rights for the entire production, as long as only two or fewer songs are used. The songs taken from popular music will have rights that need to be paid, but can easily be substituted with other songs, if budget is a constraint. The author has also written alternate songs for these cases. Contact us if you wish to see them.

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Copyright July 2011 Off the Wall Play Publishers