Stumped – a comedy about cricket

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Douglas, a fanatical cricket player has been plagued by a recurring dream in which he walks onto the cricket pitch completely naked (aside from his protective gear), gets humiliated and walks off the pitch a shattered man. It doesn’t help that the village match is tomorrow and his idiot brother in law, Bruce and his wife’s sister, Janice are arriving from Australia to attend the start of a Ashes series between England and Australia in this comedy about cricket.

Sylvia and Janice are estranged sisters, the main reason being that Sylvia stayed in England with her dour, killjoy, stingy, blank-firing, cricket-loving fanatic husband Douglas – whose fear of flying has meant he will never leave the country – while her younger sister married a typical, mysoginistic, booze-swilling, cricket-loving Australian, Bruce, and emigrated down under to breed and raise kids.

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comedy about cricket

STUMPED – A COMEDY ABOUT CRICKET

Douglas, a fanatical cricket player has been plagued by a recurring dream in which he walks onto the cricket pitch completely naked (aside from his protective gear), gets humiliated and walks off the pitch a shattered man. It doesn’t help that the village match is tomorrow and his idiot brother in law, Bruce and his wife’s sister, Janice are arriving from Australia to attend the start of a Ashes series between England and Australia in this comedy about cricket.

Sylvia and Janice are estranged sisters, the main reason being that Sylvia stayed in England with her dour, killjoy, stingy, blank-firing, cricket-loving fanatic husband Douglas – whose fear of flying has meant he will never leave the country – while her younger sister married a typical, mysoginistic, booze-swilling, cricket-loving Australian, Bruce, and emigrated down under to breed and raise kids.

But there’s trouble in paradise on both sides of the world. Bruce is convinced that his wife, Janice is having an affair and the spark between Sylvia and Douglas has clearly dried up. This isn’t aided by Douglas’ team mate Lilian’s obvious hero worship of him. And the fact that Bruce has always had a thing for Sylvia, which he makes clear. But it has been said that dreams of being naked may not necessarily represent fear of embarrassment. In fact, they can be dreams of guilt. But just what has Douglas been doing? And what happened to his lucky coin?

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Author: Troy Banyan

Type: One act play

Genre: Comedy about cricket

Cast: 3F, 2M and a commentator (can be live or recorded)

Ages of the actors: Adult, in their thirties to forties

Suitable for: Adult – odd references to balls and bedrooms

Length: Twenty five to thirty five minutes

Set: Centre right is the door that leads to the kitchen and hallway. Downstage left is the door which leads to the annexe and garden. There is a sofa in the lounge, with an armchair at the end of it. A TV set is downstage right. There is a sideboard with cricketing trophies on it up left, along the wall. Curtained windows centre back. The play opens, however with a scene in front of the curtains so there should be enough space for that.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – characterisation is important here – the stereotypical Australian and the stereotypical sports fanatic are both examples.

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Copyright © October 2020 Troy Banyan and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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