The actors – a comedy about the afterlife

comedy about the afterlife


When Harbo stumbles into an unfamiliar place, dressing gown on and a toothbrush still in his mouth, he is greeted by the most unlikely vision: A Full Barbershop quartet singing at him, who call on celebrities composed (pardon the pun) of pretty famous but also pretty dead people, (such as William Shakespeare) in this comedy about the afterlife.

They bring tidings: He’s dead. Of course he doesn’t believe them, so they go out of their way to prove it to him – first of all by telling him stuff from his life and then be reenacting scenes from it (of which William Shakespeare is terribly critical of, being that way inclined).

Once he has accepted the news, he then gets sorted into whether he’s going to Heaven or Hell and if it’s the former, well, there could be a new opening in the barbershop quartet in his future, if he wants it?

Although the cast is large in this comedy about the afterlife, it would also suit smaller casts where more than one small role can be taken by the same actor.

The author is happy with removing any adult content from this play to make it suitable for school productions. 


Mentone Grammar School, Victoria, Australia – 2018
Goethe Center, Costa Rica – 2019
Seward High School, ME, USA – 2020

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Author: Alex Emerson Acuff

Type: One act play

Genre: Comedy about the afterlife

Cast: 8 M, 3F, 3N. However the comedy in this play does allow for some gender swapping to occur.

Ages of the actors: Teens to adult

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform

Length: 35-40 minutes

Set: Black box stage

Level of difficulty: 7/10 crowd control and characterization.

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Like this play? Other plays about being dead

Death of Gerbil – a dark comedy about being dead and Heaven has lost your paperwork
A Second Chance – a group of dead people are given history changing missions
God Help Us – about the galactic conference where God has been delayed at the end of the world

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