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The Wrong side of the road – Drama for Teens about a Car Accident



Imagine that, in a moment of thoughtlessness your life would change for ever, and would even be over.
It’s the holidays and three teens, Danny, Ben and Rachael are going to spend the holidays at the cottage owned by Danny’s father. Danny, egged on by Ben, has driven there in his father’s car without his father’s consent. Danny also hasn’t got a driving licence or insurance in this drama for teens about a car accident.

Just a matter of a few minutes from their destination, Danny takes a bend on the wrong side of the road, resulting in another car swerving out the way to avoid them and crashing, with fatalities highly likely. In a moment of panic, Danny doesn’t stop at the scene of the accident.

When Rachael arrives at the holiday cottage on her motorbike a little later she brings news. The car they hit had one survivor, a policeman. She then produces a gun she took from the scene of the crime. What she suggests next is unthinkable.

The wrong side of the road was was one of nine scripts short-listed in the 2009 Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award competition.


New Hanover High School, NC – 2021
Dudley College of Technology, Dudney, UK – 2022


Author: James Chalmers

Genre: Drama for teens about a car accident

Type: One act play

Length: 25 minutes (One Act)

Cast: 2 Male 1 Female

Ages of players: 14 to 18

Suitable for: Teens and young adults

Set: A holiday cottage

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – a good play for one act festivals with growing tension throughout.

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Copyright © July 2018 James Chalmers and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other similar plays for you to enjoy:

Road Toll – one act drama in which police bring news of a fatal crash in which the person who died was thought to have died years before
The Back Seat – drama about college rape
Questions – one act drama about a murder

Roots and Wings – Award winning two-hander drama for men

two-hander drama


Two day laborers for a construction company dig a hole in the earth 13 feet deep. When the work crew leaves at the day’s end they are simply forgotten, abandoned, with no way out. Their struggle plays out beyond just learning to work together to escape, for both men are trapped by, and come to face, their own choices in life and what makes each of them feel powerless.

Joey, in his mid to late 20s, is angry at the world, but doesn’t know where to direct his rage. He wants nothing more than to prove his worth as a man, but in a much deeper philosophical sense, he feels the need to reason his existence but doesn’t understand his life beyond a primitive turmoil. Life has not taught him how to grapple with the meaning of his feelings.

Billy, in his 40s or 50s, wants only to be left alone. He was no different than Joey when he was younger, but life has brought him defeat, hopelessness, and the feeling of impotence against the world which holds a strong power over him. He has given up and knows each of his tomorrows will be no different than the day before. He fears and placates authority and hates this about himself.

As the story unfolds the men move through a series of personal crises. First, they come to accept that they are trapped. Then, blame heightens the tension as Joey becomes more and more frustrated and dangerous. Because he is primitive and inarticulate he knows no other way to solve his problems than using his fist. But as the two men begin to learn about one another, the tension eases. At this point Joey gains an understanding which opens a door for him to attempt to reason his existence.

The play reveals a single yet significant difference in their lives: one man had a father and one did not. Both characters gain a moral strength and attempt one possibility to escape which fails quickly. Billy gives up and begins digging furiously into the side of the pit. Since this would cause the earth to collapse on top of them and bury them alive Joey roughly stops him. Billy, emotionally broken, collapses and begins to weep. This enrages Joey and once again he reverts to using his fist. But his anger turns as he begins to understand his existence for the first time in his life; in order to survive, both physically and psychologically, it is vital that they each stand up for themselves.

Roots & Wings won 1st place in the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition. Other dramas (The Associate) by Terry Roeuche. Read about playwright Terry Roueche.

Performance History:

Actors Theatre Workshop – Canada, 2016
North Hawaii Players, Hawaii, USA – 2018
Teaterverket – Netherlands – 2019
Silliman University Philippines – 2021
Surry County High School, VA – USA – 2023


Author: Terry Roueche

Genre: Two-hander drama, Award winning plays

Type: One act play

Cast: Cast of 2M

Ages of the actors: One younger, one older actor

Suitable for: Play suitable for all ages

Length: 20-30 minutes long

Set: The bottom of a thirteen foot hole the two men have dug. Shovels etc. lying round.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – character driven play, award wining, nice play to get your teeth into

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Copyright © September 2015 Terry Roeche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other one act dramas to peruse:

Survivors include – one act teen drama about preventing a teen committing suicide
Behind the Nets – 1930’s period drama about homosexuality in a staid community
When summer dies of shame – one act drama for 2F 1M

When Summer dies of Shame – one act drama for three actors

one act drama for three actors


A bloody Civil War has been raging in the fictitious country of Carthinia. One of the many atrocities committed during the war was Colonel Ivan Karovitch’s rape of a young Carthinian girl, the murder of her boyfriend and her parents. The rape victim takes refuge in a convent where she gives birth to a daughter Natalie. When just a few months old Natalie is adopted by an English couple and brought to the UK.

Ivan flees to the UK and begins a new life here. He marries and runs a flower shop with his English wife revealing nothing of his past to her. They have a daughter Jessica. When Jessica’s mother dies, her father Ivan comes to live at Jessica’s house in an annex. Ivan retires and spends his days tending his allotment and the garden.

Natalie visits Carthinia and finds her birth mother who tells her about the rape and that she must track Ivan down and ensure he’s brought to justice. Natalie is focused on the crime and is oblivious to the implications of her existence being a result of the rape. Natalie enlists the help of a journalist and Ivan’s army photograph and details of his crimes appear in an edition of the Guardian. Ivan sees the article and suffers a seizure and is taken to hospital. They can’t find anything physically wrong with him but it is decided he is unable to look after himself and he is put into a nursing home.

Natalie who is a trained nurse and already working in a care home, traces Ivan through Jessica’s Facebook page, and she then takes up a vacancy at the nursing home where Ivan is being looked after

The play is set in Ivan’s room in the nursing home. The play opens with a short introductory scene – set in the present – three weeks after Ivan has committed suicide. We then flashback to the day before Ivan’s suicide and the story of the events leading up to his death unfolds. In the final scene we are back in the present and this is when the increasingly confrontational relationship between Natalie and Jessica reaches its climax.


Shetland County Drama Festival, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK – 2017
French-American International School, CA, USA – 2019


Read more about playwright James Chalmers. Other plays by James.

Author: James Chalmers

Genre: One act drama

Type: One act play

Cast: Three, 3 – 1M (non speaking) 2F parts

Ages of the actors: M 50-70 years, F 20-40 years – one older than the other

Suitable for: All ages

Length of play: 20 minutes

Set: Ivan’s room in the nursing home with an armchair.

Level of difficulty:
7/10 – although there are 3 actors, thi is in essence a duologue for two conflicting F parts.

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Copyright ©January 2015 James Chalmers and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other short one act drama scripts that we stock:

The mysterious death of Christine Wilde – whodunit stage murder mystery
Two brothers – a duologue about dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s
Choices – South African teen drama

Following Dogs – two hander one act plays

two hander one act plays

two hander one act plays



In this bittersweet comedy for two actors, Jack, a thirty to forty-ish year old guy, who has just lost his job as a janitor believes that he has finally found the secret to health and happiness. Jack becomes obsessed with his new found ‘elixir,’ cooking up jars of the stuff and drying it in his kitchen.  This new found obsession, coupled with the fact that Jack is terrified of having kids, because of years of abuse at the hands of his father, results in his wife leaving him.

Marty, his wife’s brother, believes in Jack, and knowing that Jack loves his wife dearly, and vice versa, tries to cure Jack of his obsession and repair the rift in his marriage.  This two-hander one act play is strictly a drama, but written in a very witty way, which allows very touchy subjects to be spoken about with humor and understanding.

Author: Tim Garvin

Genre: Drama or poignant  comedy

Type:  Two hander one act plays

Length:  One hour

Number of Actors:  Two, 2M

Ages of Actors:   Late twenties to early forties

Set: A shabby, fairly barren apartment. At right is a stove, a sink, a counter top with a toaster, a table with three chairs. There are two doors, at the back and at the side. A few prints are tacked to the wall—flowers, landscapes, a painting or two. In the center of the stage are two chairs, one well padded, the other straight-backed and wooden. Beside the well padded chair is an end table. On the stove is a covered pan.

Level of Difficulty:   7/10 – the dialogue flows well, but the actors will need to focus on the interaction between the two characters.

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Copyright September 2013 Tim Garvin and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play?  Other two-handers we stock:

Naked – a two-hander about the pitfalls of internet dating
Two brothers – a two-hander about dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s
A Blind date – a short comedy about two misfits getting together