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Love, Norman – Drama for four actors about suicide, family and everything that comes with that.

drama for four actors


When Estelle decided to ‘dump’ her ill father Frank on her brother Norman for a few days while she would be out of town, she initially had no idea that a visit to Norman’s apartment would end up being the intervention, reckoning, counselling, cleansing and reunion session that the family didn’t plan for but certainly needed. Without a mother, Estelle would go on to overcompensate for the lack of one, Norman would lose his nerve without her presence in his life and their father would blame Norman for her death. In Love, Norman, a drama for four actors, Estelle and her family’s dysfunction are exposed in a major way all the while happening in Norman’s tiny apartment…this is Norman’s, not Estelle’s story after all. And in keeping with the theme, it is Norman’s attempt at suicide, homosexuality and alleged son, Jerome which the play reveals to us all and grapples with in the most sincere way.

This is him, this is Norman and he sends his love. A beautifully written drama that is both challenging and human at the same time.

Other drama plays – Jars a short play about the love between two women by American playwright Jordan Morille

Author: Jordan Morille

Type: Full length one act play

Genre: Drama for four actors, dealing with suicide, homosexuality and family

Cast: 3 – m, 1 – f

Ages of the actors: 1 teen, 1 elderly man, two middle aged M and F

Suitable for: Adults and older teens only, not for school productions – language

Length: 90 minutes

Set: Norman’s apartment. It is small, very small. One could almost remain in the center of the apartment and have access to every amenity inside, not unlike a spider in its web.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – characterisation.

Read a sample of the script

Cost is $5.50 for this new drama script

Contact Off The Wall plays with any queries about Love, Norman

Copyright © July 2018 Jordan Morille and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Others like it:

My Child – drama about a teen who falls pregnant and the woman who wants her baby
Never alone – play about depression and suicide
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Shapeless – a full length one act dark satire about body size


Shapeless is a full length one act play within a play about body image and eating disorders. In this play, four actors are trying to put on a comedy play that deals with body size and shape.  Each actress is of a particular size – there is a slightly anorexic girl, a girl with a medium figure and one that is quite overweight. The male character, Mike has written the script and in the play that he has written, he highlights those things that ‘aren’t talked about’ in society, openly mocking the very large and the very thin. The characters bring their own personal experiences and angst to their performances which leads to a build up of tension between the girls as they begin to run each other down ‘in the play’ but start taking it personally in real life.  Although the script the players are putting on is comedic, I would class this play as a drama or a very dark satire.

SHAPELESS was produced by Weird Sister Productions at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and had a very successful run there. Then it was produced again for the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at the Robert Gill Theatre in Toronto.

Further Production History

Los Medanos Community College, CA, USA – 2017
Artists Playground, QUEZON, Philippines – 2018

“I, Sean always thought it would make a great touring play. Little set, few actors, a good message while be entertaining at the same time.”

Read more about  playwright Sean Carthew

Author: Sean Carthew

Genre: Drama or  dark satire

Type: Full length one act play

Length:  1- 1.5 hours

Actors:  3F 1M,  three females  or women, one male or man.  There are brief appearances of three other characters which can be played by the same actors or other ones if need be.

Ages of actors:  Young – in their late teens or  early to mid twenties

Level of Difficulty:  7/10 – building and maintaining tension

Set: Minimal – it’s supposed to be a stage where they are rehearsing a play

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is  $8 for this digital previously performed script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries relating to Shapeless

Copyright  April  2013 Sean Carthew and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play?  Other teen plays of a similar genre:

Dreamtime – story about the notorious murder of two professors by teens
Lady T – teen drama with an imaginary friend
Survivors include – play about teen suicide