One Act Plays for All Women Casts

 

 

AND WHO WILL PAY THE RENT?

4 F (1 x 60s 3 x 30s up)

AWARD WINNER

A dowdy sitting room

 

Miss Bishop, old and virtually blind, leads a lonely existence until a stranger breaks into her home and gradually a friendship is formed.  Her new found happiness turns to anguish when her home help cannot see the stranger.  Tormented by the possibility of being put into a home by her daughter, Miss Bishop clings desperately to her new friend - with horrific results.  This play offers demanding roles, a strong dramatic story line, and a punch-line to send shivers down the spine.

 

 

 

ANY OTHER TUESDAY

7 F (Middle-aged and up)

AWARD WINNER

A park bench

 

A group of women meet every Tuesday in the park.  On this particular Tuesday, Mrs Addams and Mrs Carlisle are at the centre of the friends' problems.  If only the late Mrs Merryweather was there to help them resolve their differences just as she would have been on Any Other Tuesday.  But, unknown to them, she is and does help them through Mrs Duncan, who they have written off as senile.  A poignant play with plenty of humour and wisdom.

 

 

 

ARANDOE'S ROOM

9 Characters (Any ages)

AWARD WINNER

A forest glade

 

Great Queen Emien has died and left an immature rabble of Elves, Fairies, Pixies and Gnomes to squabble over the leadership of their forest.  A question is set to test their worth.  After plenty of bickering, wide guesses and cheating, the answer is given to be greeted with heartfelt groans.

 

 

 

A SUMMER VOCATION

9 Characters (Any ages)

AWARD WINNER

Father Time's office in the clouds

 

Summer has been abysmal and therefore sacked.  Father Time has called his staff together to interview applicants for the position.  They soon become desperate when confronted with propositions for ice ages and demands for company clouds!  Can the last applicant save summer?

 

 

 

CRYING OUT LOUD

5 F (2 x 30/40s 3 x 50/60s)

 

A sitting room

 

This play for five women sensitively handles the difficult subject of agoraphobia, bringing sympathy and insight to a problem that usually invokes intolerance and lack of understanding.  It offers well-defined characters, natural dialogue, and a believable ending - no miracle cure but a glimpse of hope.  This play was described as “A very impressive piece, very moving”, “Poignant and thought-provoking”, “Enthralling, the audience were totally on side, you could have heard a pin drop.”

 

 

 

KEY TO THE DARK

5 F (20s to 40s)
Specify All Women when ordering.

AWARD WINNER

Somewhere safe.  Here.  Now.

 

Paige draws together her patients for a group therapy session, and gradually strange connections are revealed between them: the loneliness of their backgrounds, abductions, the bestowal of physical gifts.  The inspiration for this piece is the mystery surrounding accounts of abduction by aliens, but this is never mentioned and the audience is left to answer the many questions the play raises, not least of all being whether Paige is actually therapist or patient.  "An absorbing, powerful, sometimes riveting play." Colin Dolley GODA.

 

 

 

THE OTHER OTHER WOMAN

6 F (5 x 50s teens/20s)

AWARD WINNER

A posh conservatory

 

Despite the evidence Andrea cannot believe Percival has strayed.  During her encounter with the 'other woman', a letter arrives from the other 'other woman' informing the absent father of the birth of his son!  The three betrayed women form an unlikely alliance, the family that Andrea had never had, and, fired by the routing of two incompetent Bible-bashers, the three women give Percival a welcome home he never expected!  Full of comic moments and excellent characterization.  A touching play.

 

 

 

SPOILS FOR THE VICTOR

5 F (2 x 50/60s 3 x 20/30s)

AWARD WINNER

Beside a battlefield

 

As women camp followers help themselves to spoils from enemy dead, the discovery of a barely alive opposition spy raises doubts about expected and, until now accepted, behaviour.

Period: the past.

 

 

 

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS

4 F (50s/60s)

AWARD WINNER

A lounge

 

Retired sisters Molly and Daphne have invited an old friend to stay and are growing increasingly alarmed by her strange behaviour.  Disturbing incidents lead to a harrowing climax.

 

 

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