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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…

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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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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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Guilty party – whodunit three act farce
Road rage – tongue in cheek short two hander comedy
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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.

Performance History:

The Franklin Players, Roosevelt Park – 2011
Ladysmith High School, South Africa – 2016
Westville Senior primary School, Durban, South Africa – 2018
Berrigan Amateur Dramatic Society, NSW, Australia – 2019

 

Author: Claire Linda 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.

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A Cut Above the Rest – one act farce for stage

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A CUT ABOVE THE REST – ONE ACT FARCE FOR STAGE

In this one act farce for stage, Snake and Harry, con artists, have the steal of a lifetime – the famous Devonport diamonds, owned by the late Amelia Devonport. All they have to do is discover where they are hidden, when they attend her funeral. The only problem is – where the hell are they? And who else is in on the deal?

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Performance History of A Cut Above the Rest

Franklin Players, Roosevelt Park, South Africa – 2011
Center Players – New York,  USA – 2016
Redhill High School, Sandton, South Africa – 2016
National University of Singapore, Singapore – 2016
Avon, CT, USA – 2017
Haven Theatre Company, West Sussex, UK – 2018
Catalina Players Inc, New South Wales, Australia – 2018
Clifton College, Bristol, United Kingdom – 2019
Westville Theatre, Durban, South Africa – 2019

 

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Characters: 5M, 3F and guests.

Length: Script: 40 minutes length 

Genre: Comedy,  One act Farce

Suitable for: Suitable for all ages

Ages of Actors: 20 and up

Difficulty: 9/10 – farce, timing, crowd control

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Like this play? More like it:

Death of a Gerbil – a dark comedy about waking up. Dead
If God ate fried chicken – short comedy plays
Missing the mark – when you’re the conman and you get conned.

Death of a Gerbil – a one act dark comedy about being dead, by accident

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DEATH OF A GERBIL – A ONE ACT DARK COMEDY

Meet Darren. He is an ordinary fellow, with an ordinary job, in an ordinary office, in an ordinary building. He is also dead. He does not know that he is dead……yet. Or that Heaven has lost his paperwork.  Or why he got hit by a Double Decker bus.  He is about to find out that once you’re dead, things can only go down from there….

Death of a Gerbil, a dark comedy won Best original  script at the 2009 Franklin and Friends festival of one act plays.

It also won the Best Individual Performance trophy at Wilmslow Guild Festival, in the United Kingdom in 2015.

Production History

Franklin and Friends Festival – 2009
Wilmslow Guild Festival, United Kingdom – 2015
Flagler College, Florida, USA – 2016
Oberlin High School, Ohio, USA – 2016
Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa – 2017
Manjimup Repertory Club, WA, Australia – 2017
Gros Morne Academy, Newfoundland, Canada – 2018
North Hawaii Players – Hawaii, USA – 2018
Esperance Theatre Guild, WA, Australia – 2018
University of Pretoria Department of UP Arts, Pretoria, South Africa – 2018
Torch Players, Limerick, Ireland – 2018

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Author: Dewan Demmer

Cast: Two leads – one M, one F

One Supporting M

One Minor M/F role

Genre:  Dark Comedy

Type: One act play

Difficulty Rating: 7/10 (Farce and timing)

Suitable for: Age 16 and above (mild language and religious references)

Ages of Performers: Early twenties to old age

Length: Thirty Minutes

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Ralph – a funny film noir play

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Meet Ralph Spade, trying to make a living as a Private Eye  in his cheap downtown office. When Sam Malone comes to Ralph, to investigate the disappearance of  his girlfriend, Ralph takes the case.  Ralph, the detective is a colourful character whose brain is a sharp as a knife, but has also been muddled by years of alcohol. When it turns out that the parrot is also dead in this tongue in cheek film noir play, things take a bizarre twist in this off the wall Monty Python meets Film Noir style comedy.

Performance History:

Franklin and Friends festival of one act plays – 2010
Pleasant Valley High School – 2015

Author: Dewan Demmer

Cast: Cast Two M

Genre: Film Noir + Comedy + Crime

Difficulty: 6/10 (Achieving the Film Noir Feel)

Suitable for: Suitable for all ages

Ages of Performers: Teen and Adult

Length: 20 minutes

Set: Simple –  the crummy downtown office of a private eye with a untidy desk with drawers and a coat rack. There is a chair for a client to sit on and a telephone on the desk.

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Murder and other fun things – a full length off the wall black comedy and whodunit
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Stirred, not Shaken – a dark comedy about fiances, dead bodies and martini’s

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STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN – DARK COMEDY ONE ACT PLAYS

James Band brings his new fiance home to meet his parents for the very first time. James is desperate to make a good impression on the very conservatively reared Mary.  Unfortunately, the dead body in the kitchen rather complicates matters…. A prizewinning dark comedy about getting rid of dead bodies, kidnapping and martini’s!

‘Stirred, not Shaken’ won best play, best original script, best director as well as best actress, best newcomer and best cameo in the 2010 Franklin Players Festival of One Act Plays. Read more about Claire Demmer and other dark comedy one act plays.

Other Production History

Kirkwood High School, MO, USA – 2017
Highlands High School, KY, USA – 2017
Omaha Northwest High School, NE, USA – 2017
Masq Kids, Irvine, CA, USA – 2017
Infinite Imagination, AB, Canada – 2017
Waynesville High School, MO, USA – 2017

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Cast: 3M, 2F

Genre: Dark Comedy + Farce

Ages of Performers: Mid twenties and up

Suitable for: All Ages

Set: Simple – the main body of the play is set in the living room of an ordinary house. A sofa, two armchairs, a coffee table and a bar with bottles and glasses are all that is needed. Easy and inexpensive to put on.  A small staircase to ‘lead upstairs’ in optional.

Length of Play: 33 minutesLevel of Difficulty: 7/10 (Pacing with farce aspects)

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God Help us – dark religious comedy script
Foulweather friend – two act dark comedy about bringing your audience back from the dead
Moose tracks – dark comedy script about a girl whose boyfriends keep on mysteriously vanishing

SHRIEK! – the Fairytale – pantomime scripts

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SHRIEK , THE FAIRYTALE – PANTOMIME SCRIPTS

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a beautiful Princess. The time: Today. Unbeknownst to her (but beknownst to us), a wicked witch with a beast of a sidekick plans to take over the Kingdom at the Royal Ball held in the Princess’s honor to celebrate her sixteenth birthday. Unbeknownst to the wicked witch (but beknownst to us, of course), THE wickeder witchplans to also take over the magical kingdom at the Royal Ball, using only a magic mirror and a bottle of tomato sauce (ketchup.)

Performance History:

2009 – The Franklin Players, Roosevelt Park
Cornwall, UK – 2015
Abbotts College, Northcliff, South Africa – 2017
John Paul I High School, QC, Canada

 

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Cast: 10 F 11 M

Genre: Musical+Comedy+ Fairytale+ Pantomime, pantomime scripts

Ages of Performers: 14 years and up

Suitable for: Children from aged 2 to 92. Will appeal to all age groups.

Length of Play: 90 minutes

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 (Crowd Control)

Please note: The songs written in the script are taken from popular music of the last 30 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 music publishers.

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