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A Snitch in Time – Time travelling script for teens and community theatre



“My name is May. I was born not far from here. It wasn’t that long ago. Maybe you’ve seen me around? But then again, you probably haven’t. Why? Well, officially, I don’t exist. You could call me invisible, in a way.  For want of a better word. And ironically, you’d be right.”

When May accidentally discovers she can see hidden time travellers, and rescues Anne Frank who has been brought to our time, she is immediately recruited to “The Agency” – the top secret government agency that controls time travel. Her mission: To go back in time and  alter events or retrieve famous people who otherwise would have died. From JFK to Anne Boleyn, to Nazi Germany – it all turns out well. Until it doesn’t. When May and her partner, Roger return with Anne Boleyn, the world has changed. A leak in time has occurred – one that forever alters the fabric of reality. The Nazi’s won.

They’re the only ones that know the truth. And they’re the only ones who can do anything about it in this script for teens.  A great play for drama class or play for youth theatre.

Read other plays by playwright Claire Demmer – The Rat Trap – a comic farce involving a greedy family, a dying old man and a ‘priceless’ work of art!

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Genre: Comedy, adventure, script for teens

Type: Two-act play

Cast: Total thirty actors. Speaking roles: 13-14M, 8-9F.  Certain roles are less gender specific, for example, Nazi’s could be either male or female. 

Ages of the actors: Teen up

Suitable for: All ages to watch and perform

Length: Two hours

Set: The stage is divided into three areas – the main stage, a platform to the front of the stage and another platform to the right or left of it. The main area and the platform downstage have scene changes whereas the platform to the side is always the main office of headquarters with a number of desks behind which sit the workers typing away and answering phones. A map of the world is on the wall behind the office. The Nazi flag is hung there as well during the second act. Scene changes in the other two areas remain simple and occur during other scenes to allow the play to flow. The ‘time field’ can be created using lighting and sound effects, or even basic LED lights switched on and off.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – Effects, scenery and costumes. As they travel all through time, the main actors do have some costume and scene changes but these are also really fun for the players as well!

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Copyright © November 2018 Claire Demmer and Off The wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other time travelling and adventure plays for you to enjoy:

Shadows of time – screenplay about finding true love. Forty years before your time
Explain the handcuffs. A time travelling adventure
Unhappily ever after – what would have happened if Snow white lost?

You Wanted To See Me? Comedy sketch about being late for work

comedy sketch about being late for work


Roger is a guy with a problem. A problem that’s recently become more and more noticeable to his line manager. What is it? Well -in the past two months he’s been late for work pretty much three days out of five. For a number of reasons. The usual ones – his alarm didn’t go off and his car wouldn’t start. And…those that are a little less usual, such as having a flock of giant bunnies gallop past his window one morning and being mugged for his travel card by a man in a dress. Not to mention the dognapping for half a million pounds he was recently involved in. The thing is – every single one of these reasons is true. Completely true. And today he’s being called to the big boss’s office to have a little meeting about it in this comedy sketch about being late for work.


Bowraville Theatre Players, New South Wales, Australia – 2020
Break A Leg Theatre, AB, Canada – 2023


The author will allow workshopping of the language in the script to make it more local to the area is it being staged.

Other plays by award winning playwright Claire Linda Demmer – Waiting – two hander ten minute comedy about being stuck in the queue to go to the toilet.

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Type: Comedy sketch about being late for work

Genre: Comedy, one act, sketch

Length: Seven minutes

Cast: Cast of 2, Roger should be male but Mr Smith could be either gender

Ages of the actors: 1 middle aged to older, 1 younger to middle aged

Suitable for: Adults – language, one reference to sex . This can be edited out if younger performers are to stage it.

Set: A typical manger’s office. There is a single door leading into the office. There is a desk with a phone and a sheaf of papers which the manager will consult. There are two chairs – both armchairs. The one armchair for Roger should have those narrow type of arms that look a bit flimsy.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – this play can make use of physical comedy to add to the humour if the performers wish to.

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Copyright © July 2018 Claire Demmer and Off the Wall Play Publishers

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The rat trap – large cast comedy farce

large cast comedy farce


Lord Arthur Harringway has a tricky problem. He’s just been given twenty four hours to live. Naturally this presents somewhat of a conundrum to him. The most pressing part of the conundrum is his annoying fortune.  Because he has to leave it to somebody. But to whom?

Not one of his relations is at all nice. In fact, the thought of leaving his money to any of them makes him turn in his grave (well nearly.) His relations are so odious that he devises a plan to trick them into thinking that he’s going to give all his money to them and punish them once and for all for all the trouble they’ve caused him in this large cast comedy farce.

He comes up with a cunning plan and that very night, summons all his relations to his mansion and sets them a task: Whoever can find the elusive portrait of his great aunt Agatha will be the sole heir to all his fortune. But where is the portrait? And who else knows of its existence…….

A large cast comedy farce in two acts with the best and worst of family, double crossing and mistresses.

Production History

De La Selle Holy Cross Convent, Randburg, South Africa – 2017

Read about playwright Claire Linda Demmer. Other best selling comedies (farces) (Don’t say you’re Harry) by Claire

Performance History

The Franklin Players, Roosevelt Park – 2017
Marvell Civic Club, Arizona, USA – 2017
The Rainbow Players, Victoria, Australia – 2017

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Genre: Large cast comedy farce

Type: Two act play

Cast: 5M, 5F, cast of ten

Ages of the actors: Adults from their twenties up to as old as you like

Length: 90-100 minutes

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The office of Sir Arthur Harringway the third. A sombre gentleman’s room with a large desk with drawer at an angle facing the audience SR, as well as a sofa and a few smaller armchairs SL. A drinks cabinet is upstage from the sofa. There is a door right upstage leading to the house and a door left upstage leading upstairs to the bedrooms. There is a wall safe behind a large painting between the two doors. The door to an en suite WC opens SL.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – achieving elements of farce. A trick painting that swings up and down would need to be sturdily installed. Permission is given to modify the painting or use an alternative prop.

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Copyright © September 2016 Claire Demmer and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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The Mayhem Motel – two act American Farce
Lofty Larceny – hysterical two-act comedy about an insurance scam gone wrong


The Call Centre – comedy sketch about insurance call centre

comedy sketch


In this fifteen minute comedy sketch, a very nervous and not all that bright trainee is being put their their training to prepare them for the big world of declining insurance claims. In fact, there doesn’t actually seem to be a situation in which the superbudget insurance company does approve a claim, as an unsuspecting client is about to find out…

Read more about playwright Claire Linda Demmer. Other short comedy sketches by Claire.

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Genre: Comedy sketch, comedy skit, short comedy play

Type: One act play, comedy sketch

Length: Fifteen minutes

Cast: Three, 1-3M, 1-2F as two of the roles can be played by either sex.

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: PG 12 (language, 1 sex reference)

Set: The stage is divided into two sections. One one side there is a desk with a chair behind it. On the desk is a telephone, a large file with a number of pages inside and a laptop. One the other side there is what remains of the caller’s home. It could be anything from a blank stage to some rubble lying around. The male caller needs a mobile (cell) phone.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – character driven piece


Art’s sake in Winter Park, FL, USA – 2019
Torquay Theatre Troupe, Australia – 2020

Watch the video of The Call Centre by the Torquay theatre Troupe, filmed during the covid 19 lockdown.

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Copyright ©February 2015 Claire Demmer and Off the Wall Play Publishers

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A Cut Above the Rest – one act farce for stage

one act farce


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?

Read more about playwright Claire Linda Demmer.

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
Watertown High School, SD, USA – 2020
Whitefield Academy, GA, USA – 2021
Holy Rosary Convent, Edenvale, South Africa – 2022
Canyon Ridge High School, ID, USA – 2022
Clifton College, Bristol, United Kingdom – 2022
Performing arts lifestyle institute, Pretoria, South Africa – 2022
Great River School – MN, USA – 2023


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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Copyright July 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

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