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Bill Tordoff

BILL TORDOFF  (1931 - )

Nationality:    British
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A teacher of English and Drama, Bill Tordoff wrote over 30 plays for performance by children aged about 10-14. They are nearly all comedies lasting about 30 minutes. Although the nominal cast is between 20 and 30,divided equally between girls and boys, most pArts can easily be doubled or reallocated at will. Most of these plays were first published between 1986 and 1996 in 5 collections of his plays in Heinemann's Spotlights Series, now out of print. However, several have been published more recently on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts. After leaving teaching, Bill Tordoff was a committee member of Yorkshire Playwrights for several years before moving to Bedford.

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2B Or Not 2B         40-Minute King Lear, A         Anyone for Bison?         Best in the Book, The         Castle Royal         Crime Wave         Fifty-Minute Alchemist, A         Fifty-Minute Cymbeline, A         Fifty-Minute Duchess of Malfi, A         Fifty-Minute Henry VI Part 2, A (Sub-title: Cade's Rebellion)         Fifty-Minute Henry VI Part 3, A         Fifty-Minute Henry VIII, A         Fifty-Minute Richard III, A         Fifty-Minute Titus Andronicus, A         Fifty-Minute White Devil, A         Forty Minute Othello, A         Forty-Minute All's Well That Ends Well, A         Forty-Minute Antony and Cleopatra, A         Forty-Minute Coriolanus, A         Forty-Minute Henry IV Part 1, A         Forty-Minute Henry IV Part 2, A         Forty-Minute Henry V, A         Forty-Minute Henry VI Part 1, A (Sub-title: The Wars of Henry VI and Joan of Arc)         Forty-Minute King John, A         Forty-Minute Love's Labour's Lost, A         Forty-Minute Merry Wives of Windsor, A         Forty-Minute Pericles, A         Forty-Minute Richard II, A         Forty-Minute Timon of Athens, A         Forty-Minute Troilus and Cressida, A         Forty-Minute Two Gentlemen of Verona, A         Forty-Minute Volpone, A         Forty-Minute Winter's Tale, A         Hole in the Wall, The         It's a Funny Old World         Josephine and Her Sisters and the Amazing Organically-Dyed Fashion Collection         Just Like Us         Kaa!         Lost Girl, The         Market Forces         Mystery Gift, The         Play The Game         Robby Nudd, the Musical         Soft Soap         Story of Eklavya, The: a Tale from the Mahabharata         Story of Karna, The: A Tale from the Mahabharata         Tap Tap         Theseus and the Megataur         Thirty Minute Dream, A         Thirty Minute Measure for Measure, A         Thirty Minute Merchant, A         Thirty Minute Twelfth Night, A         Thirty-Minute As You Like It, A         Thirty-Minute Comedy of Errors, A         Thirty-Minute Hamlet, A         Thirty-Minute Julius Caesar, A         Thirty-Minute Macbeth, A         Thirty-Minute Much Ado, A         Thirty-Minute Romeo and Juliet, A         Thirty-Minute Taming of the Shrew, A         Thirty-Minute Tempest, A         Ticket to Hitsville         Well Well Well         World Turned Upside Down, The



2B Or Not 2B

2B Or Not 2B
Class 2B are listlessly awaiting another session of topical improvisation in their Drama lesson when a substitute teacher arrives and agrees to their dermands to do a proper play about knights in armour and ladies in long dresses. After Merlin has given a class on knightsmanship to the squires, Arthur and his knights annoy their wives by turning up with a group of young damsels whom they have rescued. However, the damsels fall for the squires and Merlin resolves the plot to everyone's satisfaction before the lesson ends.

Notes:
A take on the Round Table story. Republished on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2006

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'Laughter Lines', 1988   978-0435239015

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Genre:
Children's 1 Act Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  14            Other:  1 adult

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40-Minute King Lear, A

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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "King Lear" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 23. As part of the abridgement, the play opens with a tableau, the Fool is omitted and, because this version was intended for schools, Gloster is blinded offstage. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2011   -

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Anyone for Bison?

Anyone for Bison?
It is 1630 on the east coast of America, and the natives are performing their bison ceremony when a ship-load of hymn-singing Puritans arrives, believing that they have reached India. The native Americans show the white men how to cultivate potatoes and tobacco, but tensions escalate and bloodshed seems likely until the womenfolk take over and demonstrate how they can all live in harmony by opening a fast-food bar .

Notes:
aka The Burger barRe-published on-line As 'Anyone For Bison?' by Lazy Bee Scripts 2006

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'Play It Again', 1996   978-0435233181

Music:
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Genre:
Children's 1 Act Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  12            Other:  -

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Best in the Book, The

Synopsis:
While the Shepherds' game of 'I Spy' is being interrupted by the appearance of the Angels, the three Kings are being overtaken by their Queens, who hi-jack their camels and take the last room at the inn, leaving Joseph and Mary to bed down with the camels. The next morning the Shepherds arrive at the stable and are delighted to be able to tick off in their 'Observers' Book of Stars, Magic and Royalty' so many rare specimens, including the Eastern Kings and especially the baby, the only one in the Messiah class. The play ends with carol singing.

Notes:
Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2008 with music by Adrian Watts. Also published in A German translation As 'Der Beste im Buch' by Dr. Heinrich Buchner Verlag

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'Play It For Laughs', 1986   -

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Genre:
Children's 1 Act version of the Nativity Story One Act

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  13            Other:  -

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Castle Royal

Castle Royal
Trade is so poor in the world's smallest country that they advertise for a Royal family, and the arrival of a Royal couple and their twins soon stimulates tourism.. But when the twins reach 18 their parents leave for a world tour, and the youngsters cause chaos by ruling alternately, the Prince imposing arbitrary rules one minute and his sister insisting on compulsory jollity the next. Luckily, as the twins open a new jail to punish non-compliance, their parents return to teach them the virtues of moderation and common sense

Notes:
Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2006

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'It's A Funny Old World', 1991   978-0435239039

Music:
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Genre:
Children's 1 Act One Act

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  14            Other:  -

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Crime Wave

Crime Wave
The story so far. . . Originally a small farmer, Noah has built up his business over the years into a large Food Products company. As the only employer in the area he used to give work to most of the people on the local council estate, then a few years ago he automated his factory and sacked his workers. Since then he and his family have run the business on their own and grown rich while the locals have been out of work. . . Then God intervenes. . .

Notes:
Republished 2005 by Lazy Bee Scripts

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'Laughter Lines', 1988   978-0435239015

Music:
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Genre:
Children's 1 Act Comedy Youth Audience

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  14            Other:  -

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Fifty-Minute Alchemist, A

Synopsis:
An abridgement of Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist" with the text cut down to fifty minutes or so. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes

Notes:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-Line only) 2013   -

Music:
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Genre:
One-Act

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Cymbeline, A

Synopsis:
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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 17. With doubling: 29. Opportunities for more Soldiers and Courtiers. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Duchess of Malfi, A

Synopsis:
An abridgement of John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 17; without doubling: 25. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

Notes:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-Line only) 2013   -

Music:
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Genre:
One-Act

Parts:
Male:  11 minimum            Female:  5 minimum            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Henry VI Part 2, A (Sub-title: Cade's Rebellion)

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Henry VI Part 2" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Cast with doubling: 25. Without doubling: 47. Plenty of opportunities in crowd scenes for more characters of both sexes. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  21            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Henry VI Part 3, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Henry VI Part 3" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Cast with doubling: 24. Without doubling: 41. Opportunities for more Soldiers etc. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  21            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Henry VIII, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 24. Without doubling: 40. Opportunities for more Lords, Ladies, etc. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2013   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  20            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Richard III, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "The Life and Death of King Richard III" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 40. Plenty of opportunities for doubling or for more Soldiers. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  21            Female:  4            Other:  3 boys

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute Titus Andronicus, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 36. This series of abridgements was originally conceived with schools in mind, but with its rape, cannibalism and on-stage throat-cutting, this is hardly a play for juniors. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  20            Female:  3            Other:  1 boy

Further Reference:
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Fifty-Minute White Devil, A

Synopsis:
An abridgement of John Webster's "The White Devil" with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-Line only) 2013   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One-Act

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  I small boy

Further Reference:
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Forty Minute Othello, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Othello" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 16. Without doubling: 25. There are opportunities for other characters as Senators etc. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute All's Well That Ends Well, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Unusually for Shakespeare, there are several worthwhile parts for women. Cast with doubling: 16. Without doubling: 22. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute Antony and Cleopatra, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 40. Plenty of opportunities either for doubling or for more characters. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2011   -

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Forty-Minute Coriolanus, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 23. Without doubling: 30. There are many opportunities for other characters in crowd scenes. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  19            Female:  3            Other:  1 boy

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute Henry IV Part 1, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "First Part of King Henry IV" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 15. Without doubling: 27. There are opportunities for other characters as soldiers etc. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute Henry IV Part 2, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Second Part of King Henry IV" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 43. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2011   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  21            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute Henry V, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "King Henry V" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 23. Without doubling: 29. There are opportunities for other characters in crowd scenes. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  20            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute Henry VI Part 1, A (Sub-title: The Wars of Henry VI and Joan of Arc)

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry VI Part 1", cut down to 40 minutes or so, with the original text versified and with an emphasis on the comic potential of some scenes. Cast with doubling: 19. Without doubling: 31.Opportunities for more Soldiers etc. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  17            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute King John, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "King John" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 23. Without doubling: 33. Opportunities for more Lords, Ladies, Citizens, etc. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2013   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  19            Female:  4            Other:  Boy (8) Girl (13)

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Forty-Minute Love's Labour's Lost, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 17. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Forty-Minute Merry Wives of Windsor, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 17. Note that the cuts include the scene round Herne's oak and the characters of Bardolph, Pistol and Nym. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
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Forty-Minute Pericles, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Pericles" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Because it is so episodic, the play can be performed with lots of doubling and a minimum cast of 14. Cast without doubling: 40 or more. This series of abridgements was conceived with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. However, as it opens with the theme of incest, "Pericles" is not an obvious choice for juniors. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

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Forty-Minute Richard II, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "The Life and Death of King Richard II", with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 32. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age-group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

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Forty-Minute Timon of Athens, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast with doubling: 12. Without doubling: 40. Few female roles, but scope for inventive casting. This series of abridgements was conceived with schools in mind, but "Timon" is hardly a play for juniors. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2011   -

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Forty-Minute Troilus and Cressida, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast with doubling: 19. Without doubling: 34, with opportunities for more soldiers. Originally written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by any age-group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2012   -

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Forty-Minute Two Gentlemen of Verona, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 22. There are opportunities for other characters as musicians and outlaws. This is the Shakespeare play with the dog. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Forty-Minute Volpone, A

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An abridgement of Ben Jonson's "Volpone" with the original text cut down to forty minutes or so. Cast without doubling: 15. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-Line only) 2013   -

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Forty-Minute Winter's Tale, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" with the original cut down to 40 minutes or so. Minimum cast: 16. There are opportunities for other characters in the sheep-shearing scene and as Courtiers. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

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Hole in the Wall, The

Hole in the Wall, The
It is a cold day in 130AD in Northumberland and the Roman soldiers who have just finished building Hadrian's Wall are dreaming of going home to sunny Italy with their British girlfriends. Then the Emperor Hadrian arrives with an incurable cold and his five daughters who fall for the soldiers to the anger of their girlfriends. How can the Emperor's cold be cured? And what is making the strange wailing sound beyond the wall? And who will marry the Emperor's daughters?

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Heinemann in 'Play It Again', 1996   978-0435233181

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It's a Funny Old World

It's a Funny Old World
On the planet Venus a group of young women who have lived there since Edwardian days are watching a cricket match when two more expeditions arrive from Earth. One is from the United States of Europe, the other from the independent State of Mississippi. Ignoring the women's pleas, the two groups of men annihilate each other for the sovereignty of the planet. As the play ends, the women put away the newcomers' guns and flags with those of all the other spacemen who have died trying to rule them and settle down to a peaceful evening of poetry reading.

Notes:
Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2008

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Heinemann Educational in "It's a Funny Old World" [Collection], 1991   978-0435239039

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Josephine and Her Sisters and the Amazing Organically-Dyed Fashion Collection

Josephine and Her Sisters and the Amazing Organically-Dyed Fashion Collection
While Jacob is enthusiastically training the complete soccer team of sons that he has sired, their unsung sisters have to weave and care for their kit, including the amazing goalkeeper's jersey for Joseph at No.1. But after Joseph is transferred to an Egyptian team there is famine in Israel and the other boys follow him to find food. Back at home the sisters, led by Josephine, take over the farm and become famous in the fashion world for their handmade clothes. The play ends with a fashion show.

Notes:
A feminist take on the Dreamcoat story. Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2006

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Heinemann in 'Play It Again', 1996   978-0435233181

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Just Like Us

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In 1939 a class from an East London school, including several Jewish children, are evacuated to a rural village where the local children are suspicious of the 'Vaccies'.They organise a war game in which Eric, an Austrian Jewish refugee, is ostracised and victimised, but when a German plane crashes nearby he proves himself a hero and the play ends with everyone singing together.

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This is the most popular of the Author's plays, both for the historical content And the Anti-racist theme. It has been republished on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts, 2006

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Heinemann in 'Just Like Us' (Collection), 1990   -

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Kaa!

Kaa!
During World War 2 a lady biologist has taken a group of war orphans to a remote island where she has dicovered an orchid whose oil will keep them young. When the play opens sixty years later with the children on their own, the well is drying up, the animals are disappearing and they hear strange explosions. Then a US oil-prospecting family arrive. They try to steal the orchid and offer to buy the oil-rights in exchange for a lifetime's supply of free junk-food and drink. The children are almost seduced, but realise that are being lied to and finally beat the family with their own weapons.

Notes:
Music by Paul Woodhouse. Running-time About 50 minutes. Re-republished on line by Lazy Bee Scripts in 2007.

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Heinemann in 'Play It Again', 1996   978-0435233181

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Teenagers' Drama with songs One Act

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Lost Girl, The

Synopsis:
1913. Alvina Houghton, in her late 20's and unmarried, is stifled by the narrowness of nonconformist life in a small Midland town with her eccentric father. But when he coaxes her into being the pianist at his latest venture, a cinema-cum-variety theatre, she catches glimpses of the unconventional lives of the showpeople and is thrilled by the meloDramas staged by an all-male dance-Drama group. When her father dies she closes the cinema, sacks the manager and starts an independent life as a nurse. She is still unmarried when war starts in 1914 but resigning herself to a conventional marriage with a wealthy doctor when she impetuously elopes with one of the dance group to his home in Italy, hoping to find freedom at last. Yet again she is trapped, this time in a lonely farm with her young husband and an old uncle. Then Italy enters the war on the side of the Allies and her man prepares to join the army. Finding herslf pregnant she takes command, and the play ends on an upbeat note as they vow to start a new life together in America, the land of freedom, at the end of the war.

Notes:
Adaptation of the novel by D.H.Lawrence. 'The Lost Girl' has had two staged public readings, including one At the West Yorkshire Playhouse with A professional cast including Celia Imrie. Otherwise it remains unperformed.

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3 act Drama Play/Drama

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Market Forces

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With no Lord of the Manor to save them, the traders And townsfolk of A small town face the threatened redevelopment of their Age-old Market Hall by A giant supermarket firm. Can young Daisy And Marshy save them from being hypnotised by the evil Lady Swillington And her O-Bey-Me gas?

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2009   -

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One Act Play for children

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Mystery Gift, The

Mystery Gift, The
After ten years of not only attacking Troy without success but also of always losing to the Trojans at football the Greeks are preparing to give up and go home when a simple soldier has the idea of a giant horse.A flighty priestess in the Temple of Diana almost discovers the secret, but the Trojans mock the warnings of Cassandra and her chanting handmaidens and eventually the Greeks win the day.

Notes:
A version of the Trojan Horse story. Re-published on-line with A new ending by Lazy Bee Scripts 2007

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'Laughter Lines', 1988   978-0435239015

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Play The Game

Synopsis:
A group of youths are sitting around on a litter-strewn street corner. Enter their ever-cheerful friend Jason who tries vainly to arouse them from their apathy. Unaware that they have been set up, they find a crisp-packet advertising the chance to win 100,000 on a local TV quiz show. Scrabbling among the litter, they manage to find 100 packets and make it to the studio just in time for the 'Is It Or Isn't it?' show. In the studio they are shown expensive prizes and subjected in turn to a series of trick questions while being derided by the studio audience. Finally, Jason is shown a line of so-called domestic robots and realises to his horror that they contain his friends, who sing 'I'd Rather Be A Machine'. The compere points out that it's All Fools' Day, leaving Jason with the question 'Is It Or Isn't It?'

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Music by Paul Woodhouse

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Samuel French, London, 1990   -

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teenagers One Act

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Robby Nudd, the Musical

Synopsis:
Robby Nudd and his pals have persuaded their girlfriends to run away with them to Sherbet Forest. But the feisty girls walk out, complaining that the gang never rob anyone. Disguised as women, the Outlaws follow them to Nottingham Fair, but the evil Sheriff and his gun-toting Deputies finally catch them after Marian has won the archery prize. In a Dramatic denouement, it is revealed that Friar Tuck and the Sheriff are Robby's mum and dad and that the deputies are all girls. The girlfriends join the deputies, the boys leave the forest to work in the castle kitchen and everyone's happy.

Notes:
This version published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts, 2007, with lyrics And music by Chris Donovan. Running time About 45 minutes.

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Heinemann in 'Play It For Laughs' (Original version without music), 1986   -

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Soft Soap

Soft Soap
After anl unruly men's meeting at a Viking settlement in Northern England, the womenfolk are depressed because their demands for a wash-house have again been ignored. Enter Soapy, an old acquaintance, now a salesman for Thoril, a new miracle product which he claims is the only soap powder recommended by top gods. As the only literate person he soon cons his way into becoming the village scribe and priest, charming the women and cheating the community by forging and falsifying documents. The play ends with Soapy escaping with the villagers' valuables, leaving them to reflect on the foolishness of trusting glib talkers with their claims to authority based on superior knowledge of the one and only book.

Notes:
Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2008

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Heinemann in 'It's A Funny Old World', 1991   978-0435239039

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Story of Eklavya, The: a Tale from the Mahabharata

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A short one-act rhyming play with incidental music and on-stage musicians showing how Eklavya, a peasant boy, sought to become a famous archer. Cast without doubling: 16. Running-time: about 15 minutes. Written for schools, but can be performed by any age group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-Line only) 2013   -

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Story of Karna, The: A Tale from the Mahabharata

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A short one-act rhyming play with incidental music and on-stage musicians showing how Karna became a mighty warrior and the twists of fate that caused his downfall. Cast without doubling: 20. Running-time: about 15 minutes. Written for schools, but can be performed by any age group. The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-Line only) 2013   -

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Tap Tap

Tap Tap
A school party arrive at a youth hostel to find that not only are there no beds for them because their teacher has booked the wrong date but they must share the hostel with a group of old cyclists. At first the two groups are mutually suspicious, but their meeting eventually leads to a seance, a communal sing-song and an amazing piece of fortune.

Notes:
2m & 2f can be played by Adults. Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts 2008

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1st Published:
Heinemann Educational in "Laughter Lines", 1988   978-0435239015

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Theseus and the Megataur

Synopsis:
Theseus sails to Crete with his magic sword to rescue the team of Athenian athletes who have been taken hostage by King Minos and are now threatened by the dreaded Minotaur. But what is the secret of the small boy with bull's horns who he meets in the labyrinth? And what is the Mighty Megataur? And can Theseus stop the athletes from swallowing the mad Professor Daedalus's purple pills before Princess Ariadne arrives in the attack helicopter?

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children's comedy One Act

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Thirty Minute Dream, A

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An Abridgement of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by Any Age-group. Minimum cast with doubling: 17. 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2009   -

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Thirty Minute Measure for Measure, A

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An Abridgement of Shakespeare's ' Measure for Measure' . Minimum cast with doubling: 15 (12m + 3f). 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2009   -

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Thirty Minute Merchant, A

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An Abridgement of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice', written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by Any Age-group. Minimum cast with doubling: 14 (11m + 3f) The running time is probably nearer 40 minutes. 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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Thirty Minute Twelfth Night, A

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An Abridgement of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'', written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by Any Age-group. Minimum cast with doubling: 14 (11m + 3f) The running time is probably nearer 40 minutes. 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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Thirty-Minute As You Like It, A

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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" with the original cut down to 30 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 13. Without doubling: 17. There is scope for additional Lords and Ladies. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

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Male:  9            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Comedy of Errors, A

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An abridgement of the original lasting about 30 minutes, but in the original language. Cast with doubling: 14. Without doubling: 19. The production notes contain useful suggestions about making the look-alike comedy work. 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Hamlet, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
A 30-minute abridgement of the original, in the original language, but stripped down to the basic plot and omitting all but the essential characters. Cast with doubling 10. Without doubling: 17 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2009   -

Music:
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Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Julius Caesar, A

Synopsis:
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An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" with the original cut down to 30 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 16. Without doubling: 28. There are opportunities for plenty of other characters in crowd scenes. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
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Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Macbeth, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" with the original cut down to 30 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 22. Without doubling: 29. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
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Parts:
Male:  16            Female:  5            Other:  1 boy

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Thirty-Minute Much Ado, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" with the original cut down to 30 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 18. Without doubling: 20. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
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Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Romeo and Juliet, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An abridgement of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with the original cut down to 30 minutes or so. Minimum cast with doubling: 14. Without doubling: 22. There are opportunities for other characters in crowd scenes. Originally written with schools in mind, it can be performed by any age group. It is accompanied by comprehensive production notes.

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2010   -

Music:
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Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Taming of the Shrew, A

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An Abridgement of Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew', written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by Any Age-group. Minimum cast with doubling: 12 (9m + 3f) The running time is probably Around 35 minutes. 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2009   -

Music:
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Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Thirty-Minute Tempest, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
An Abridgement of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', written with schools in mind, though it can be performed by Any Age-group. The running time is probably Around 35 minutes. 'The text is accompanied by comprehensive production notes'

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2009   -

Music:
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Male:  9            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Ticket to Hitsville

Synopsis:
The people of a small town are plagued by the Rats, an unsavoury pop group who are having a bad influence on their children. Enter Ed Piper, aa exuberant pop TV producer who gets rid of the Rats by signing them up for his show in Hitsville, the capital. But when the townsfolk refuse to pay him, he lures their children away to be his full-time audience.

Notes:
A modern version of the Pied Piper story

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'Sixth Windmill Book of One-Act Plays', 1972   -

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Genre:
Children's 1 Act Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  15            Other:  -

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Well Well Well

Well Well Well
The Pantoville peasants live in insanitary cottages and have to wear mediaeval dress and smile and sing for tourists. When Dick Whittington appears and uses them in commercials for his new designer drinks they naively work unpaid. However, it looks as if their luck has turned when they decide to follow his example and sell water from the village well, only to find that he has already bought it. The play ends with the peasants, now working for Whittington Water Enterprises, again singing an inanely happy chorus.

Notes:
aka Sell-Out. Re-published on-line by Lazy Bee Scripts As "Well Well Well" with A new ending 2008.

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1st Published:
Heinemann in 'It's A Funny Old World', 1991   -

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Children's 1 Act with songs One Act

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  10            Other:  -

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World Turned Upside Down, The

Synopsis:
In 1789 the peasants of Versailles protest to the King's Bailliff and the local priest for seizing their produce for taxes, but the soldiers throw their spokesman into the Bastille, and they are then humiliated to amuse the courtiers at a Royal picnic.However, a revolutionary agitator arrives and fires them with speeches about Liberty, Equality and Fraternity until they launch an attack on the Bastille and release the prisoners. But returning in triumph after their success they are dismayed to find that their situation is still the same because their old masters have been replaced by new ones, including the agitator himself.

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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (On-line), 2008   -

Music:
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Genre:
children's Drama One Act

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  13            Other:  -

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