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Behind the Nets – one act period drama

one act period drama


It is 1937. Sybil is worried as her husband, Norman, has been held overnight by the Police. Josie, her sister-in-law, calls to inquire why her brother isn’t at work at the bank.

When she finds Sybil doesn’t have the answer, she leaves to investigate what has happened to him. Soon after, Norman returns home, followed a little later by Josie.
What Norman and Josie explain to Sybil so outrages her, that she is tempted to do something that could affect all of their lives.


Bispham CastAways, Lancashire, UK – 2019

Author: Peter Pitt

Genre:  One act Period drama

Type:  One act play

Cast:  4 1M 3F

Ages of the actors:  All 30’s-40’s

Suitable for: PG 10 –  alludes to issues of homosexuality

Length: 20-25 minutes

Set:  Front room of a house in a London suburb in 1937

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – building the tension till the final climax

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Copyright ©February 2015 Peter Pitt and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other one act dramas that we stock:

My child – a drama about an unwanted teen pregnancy and the woman who is desperate to have a child
Anna, alone – drama about a young woman with multiple personality disorder
Uncovered – romantic drama about failing relationships

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

Restaurants at Beautiful Times – one act drama for four actors

short one act dramas


In this one act drama for four actors, the stage and the actor’s lives are divided into the ‘restaurant’ and the ‘place where the food is prepared.’   Jean and Myceneaus live and work in the place where the food is prepared. They have never known another existence, and theirs is grim existence at best.  Their only interaction is with the head waiter who liaises between both sides of the stage – both worlds, as it were.  This one act drama for four actors compares the worlds of the very rich and the very poor, and plays on the fact that neither side has any no idea what happens on ‘the other side.’  The play has been produced in Las Vegas by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and in New York by Working Man’s Clothes thus far.

The author would request that he approves/disapproves any dialogue changes or renaming of characters, but genders may be altered at the theatre’s discretion. Read more about David McGinnis

Author: David McGinnis

Genre: Drama

Type: One Act Play

Suitable for: All ages

Number of actors: four, 4

Ages of actors:  Middle aged actors

Set: Simple. A table, a chair, a rope hung from the fly/ceiling/rafters, and some clutter in Jean and Myceneaus’ area.

Level of  Difficulty:  6/10 – achieving tension and maintaining it

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Copyright  2010  David McGinnis Off The Wall Play Publishers

The Condition – one act dramedy scripts

one act drama scripts


In this art festival style play set in a park, Roger, the central character is constantly harassed by various members of the public, some of whom he knows and some of who he is meeting for the first time. Each character that joins Roger in this one act drama script, interacts with him in a way that allows Roger to reflect on his own life and who he is.  Many of the characters are humorous in their outlook on life, in contrast to Roger. As the play culminates with a twist, the audience will get to understand exactly why Roger is where he is and who the man inside is.

This one act drama play is ideal for festivals as it requires minimal set and is largely dependent on the skill of the actors.


Greensboro Fringe Festival in North Carolina – 2014
Sagewood College, Midrand, South Africa – 2017
Panorama Theatre, WA,USA – 2019

Author:  Alex Emerson Acuff

Type: Medium to long one act play – one act drama scripts

Genre: Dramedy

Length:  45 -55 minutes. Forty five minute long play script

Number of actors:  7, seven, 5M 4F ( one male is a child)

Ages of actors:  one middle aged to older man,

Set: minimal – a park bench

Level of Difficulty:  6/10 – maintaining audience focus

The play must be produced unaltered from the original script.

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Copyright  March 2013 Off the Wall Plays Alex Acuff



one act drama scripts