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The retirement of the witches of Ipswich – British comedy plays

British comedy


Molly, Agnes and Moira have put their wands away as per the conditions of their retirement. They must abide by the rules set out by the Elder Wood Retirement Home for Witches, Wizards, Warlocks and Window Cleaners and duly enforced by the staff including the hard-headed Matron. Tricksters by nature, the ‘rules’ have hardly stopped the trio from engaging in some light fun at the expense of the other inhabitants of the Home – especially Bill (a retired window cleaner) – or the naïve staff in this British comedy.

In their old age, they see no reason to hang up their broomsticks and stop enjoying the adventurous side of life and soon enough they find themselves in a haunted and old theatre, looking for mischief. They encounter some less-than-scary ghosts who decide to get in on the fun of having the witches’ toy with the residents of Elder Wood… It really is all fun and games until the truth about window cleaners retiring in the same residences as witches, comes to light.

If the cauldron bubbles, it usually spells some trouble.


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Read about British playwright Owen Lewis. Other plays by Owen – The Astounding Works of Simon Trout.

Author: Owen Lewis

Type:  Two-act play

Genre: British comedy plays

Length: One hour

Cast: 4F, 2M, 4N and children who come to visit

Ages of the actors:  Four retirement aged, 6 adults and some children

Suitable for: All ages to watch and mixed ages to perform

Set: The action takes place in Elder Wood Retirement Home for Witches, Wizards, Warlocks and Window Cleaners in Ipswich. A few sofas and tables for people to sit on should be dotted around

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – not too long and quite funny. Characterization is important. A nice amdram play or great play for play readings

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Copyright © October 2018 Owen Lewis and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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A Love – Never Forgotten – humorous drama for mature actors
THE ten minute Hamlet – comedy about a young man doing community service who tries to get the local seniors to stage Hamlet

The Astounding Works of Simon Trout – hilarious teen one act

hilarious teen one act


When Karen Carter has yet another fight with her family and she storms into her room, the last thing she expects to find is a fully grown good looking guy sitting on her bed. After getting over the shock of this (and passing out a few times), she confronts him. It turns out that he is actually a magical creature, called a Sprite, but who is generally known as ‘Simon,’ whose power is to restore balance to those who have called for help.

He assures her that he can change her family to the way she would like them to be. This appeals and so he waves his magic hand over the unsuspecting family who are sitting down to dinner. A series of very funny identical scenes follow in which they are at first made more honest (doesn’t work), more loving (too much!) more affectionate (OMG) and so on until they reach the inevitable conclusion in this hilarious teen one act script.

Performance history:

Sir John Talbot’s Leisure Centre…Whitchurch, Shropshire, UK
Kino Culture Oswestry Shropshire, UK
Silvester Horne Institute Church Stretton Shropshire, UK
Theatre Severn (Walker Theatre) Shrewsbury Shropshire, UK
Old Scona Academic High School, Alberta, Canada – 2018
Mountain View High School, CO, USA – 2018
Eagle Point High school, OR, USA – 2018

Moresby Art Theatre, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – 2019

Read about playwright Owen Lewis

Author: Owen Lewis

Type: One act play

Genre: Comedy, British comedy

Cast: Cast of five, 3M 2F

Ages of the actors: Three in their twenties, two older but can be made up.

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Forty Five minutes

Set: The action is initially in Karen’s bedroom and then the Carter family kitchen – diner.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – repeating the same scene over and over with changes in the dialogue

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $9.00 for this previously produced British digital play. Just click Shakespeare!

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about The Astounding Works of Simon Trout

Copyright © December 2016 Owen Lewis and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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Jack Masterson and the case of absurdity – a ”who stole it” teen farce
Aladdin – comedy script
ESPN, B.C. – teen comedy with no words!