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David Tristram

DAVID TRISTRAM

  

Nationality:    English
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below is a list of David Tristram's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bolt From the Blue, A         Brenton vs Brenton         Cinders, The True Story         Extraordinary Revelations Of Orca the Goldfish         Fat Lady Sings In Little Grimley, The         Forget-Me-Knot         Ghost Writer         Hypnosis         Inspector Drake and the Black Widow         Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime         Inspector Drake And the Time Machine         Inspector Drake's Last Case         Joining the Club         Jolly Sinister Jape, A         Last Panto in Little Grimley         Last Tango in Little Grimley         Opposite Sex, The         Searching For Doctor Branovic         Secret Lives of Henry & Alice, The         Sex, Drugs & Rick'n'Noel         Unoriginal Sin         What's For Pudding?



Bolt From the Blue, A

Synopsis:
Edward Jones was just an ordinary man, doing ordinary things - until the day before his fortieth birthday. What happened next was, quite literally, incredible. It defies belief. It defies logic. It defies the fundamental laws of science and nature. But it happened. And it came like a bolt from the blue. With his latest comedy, adapted from his novel of the same name, David Tristram brings his trademark hilarity to every page, but with a poignant and unusual story that tingles every nerve ending and jangles every human emotion before reaching its extraordinary conclusion.

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  flexible

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Brenton vs Brenton

Synopsis:
What is the dark secret which enflames the Brenton family feud? Who is the mysterious Eddie? Why are Lana's shoulderpads wider than the door? And just what was Deke Brenton doing down on the farm? All this, and more, is revealed in this outrageous spoof of American soaps and blockbuster mini-series, set in the manic world of Chicago's biggest ad agency.

Notes:
This And Last Panto in Little Grimley, Are in the same book

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Cinders, The True Story

Cinders, The True Story
David Tristram's pantomime is designed especially for theatres with limited resources. It replaces elaborate scenery with a fun-packed and innovative script, re-working the classic CinderElla tale with a few delightful twists. It received its premiere under the author's direction at his small, local theatre in Bridgnorth, where it ran for 21 performances and went some considerable way towards securing the small theatre's very uncertain financial future.

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Flying Ducks Publications,    978-1900997010

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Genre:
Pantomime

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  9 principles, chorus

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Extraordinary Revelations Of Orca the Goldfish

Synopsis:
No-one's quite sure what happened after tall, dark, available French waiter Michel enters the lives of Henry & Alice Smith. A simply-staged, virtuoso piece perfect for competitions and festivals

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Fat Lady Sings In Little Grimley, The

Synopsis:
Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard are back to tackle yet another threat to their survival - this time in the shape of a rival am-dram, newly-formed in their village, determined to upstage them with an award-winning musical. the querulous quartet pull together to devise an ingenious military-style plan that doesn't, well, go quite to plan. When their subterfuge is discovered by the rival society's psychopathic front-of-house manager, he's none too pleased. Add in a few emotional complications for Gordon, and things look a little grim for Little Grimley. Could this finally be the end of their society? Don't be so sure. It's never over. . .until the fat lady sings.

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Forget-Me-Knot

Synopsis:
Imagine the plight of poor old Robert Zeinfeld. Found wandering the streets of Leicester at 4am, without even the slightest clue how he got there. Total amnesia. And only a bruised head and a suspicious policeman for company. Not an experience you'd forget in a hurry, I would imagine. But then again, you have to see it from the policeman's point of view. Maybe this Zeinfeld character's not what he seems. Maybe he hasn't lost his memory at all. Maybe it's all an elaborate cover-up for, well, something or other. Trouble is, the deeper he digs, the more confused he gets, until he finds himself wrestling a plot with more twists than a buckled slinky. Of course, the truth always comes out in the end. But first you have to know it's the end, and then you have to understand what the truth really means. To be honest, I'm not sure I know what it means myself, and I wrote the damn thing. Or perhaps I did know, and I forgot.

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Ghost Writer

Synopsis:
A London theatre company decides to stage a new production of Shakespeare's classic - fronted by TV Soap star Julian Dando, and backed by a cast of second-rate hams. At the last-night party is one Edward Pinfold, a promising young playwright, and husband of the talented but tempestuous actress, Ruby, who had played Ophelia. Tragically, that very night, Ruby - a renowned reveller with a reputation for burning the candle at all three ends - is found dead in bed. An overdose of naughty pills and booze. the theatre world went into a state of mourning that barely lasted into the afternoon. One year later, however, Edward remains deeply affected. Unable to face the emotional torment of living in his own home, he has moved into the attic room of one of his oldest actor friends, Alex. Alex, by the way, is gay. Now, that may well have nothing to do with anything. But then again, it might. I mention it merely because it is a fact, though how pertinent a fact you will have to wait and see. So, there you have it. I trust you have followed me so far. Because what happens next, as Alex once famously said, could be a bit hard to swallow. We join the story on the first anniversary of the death of Ruby Pinfold. May she rest in peace.

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hypnosis

Synopsis:
the Great Gordo, an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, randomly chooses Alan Briggs as his next stooge. Briggs, a mild-mannered policeman, is a good sport, the audience laughs, and everyone goes home. For Gordo, it's just the end of another show, and time for a drink or three before bed. But someone out there has other ideas. Extraordinary ideas. the mind games begin, the stakes are raised, and we sense there can only be one winner. But who?

Notes:
a mesmerizing thriller with plenty of twists And A liberal dash of comedy, A simple multi-purpose set

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

Synopsis:
Inspector Drake and his sidekick Sergeant Plod return in their most perplexing case yet, confronting everything from missing tortoises, to triplets, to deadly tropical spiders. A maid discovers the corpse of wealthy oil tycoon John Johnson with a sword sticking out of his back. An ordinary case of murder? If so, then why is Johnson dressed as a woman? And why does he appear to have swallowed a tortoise? All these questions and more form the basis for another thrilling ride in the company of the world's greatest detective, as he attempts to solve the murder whilst also avoiding his own. Plod has had a premonition which, if correct, suggests that Drake has only a matter of hours to live! Maybe it is just another flashback. But then again, it could be something infinitely more sinister. . .

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  or 3m 6f

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Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime

Synopsis:
When a genius commits a murder, the plan is perfect. But is it foolproof? the legendary Inspector Drake is back to face his greatest ever challenge, as he attempts to unravel a plot with more twists in it than, well, a really twisty thing. Who is the mysterious Doctor Short, and why did he marry a warthog? Has he murdered his fourth wife - or did she murder him first? Has he really got two daughters called Sabrina, or is one of them telling porkies? Where is Frank the taxi driver? What was the Pope doing in the woods? And, perhaps most importantly of all, why is there a lamppost in the living room? these are just some of the questions facing the world's most famous dick, as he gropes for the answer to the perfect crime, groping some of the suspects along the way.

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Inspector Drake And the Time Machine

Synopsis:
dead bodies, vanishing daughters everything points to the mysterious Time machine

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  9 characters

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Inspector Drake's Last Case

Synopsis:
Standby for the ultimate Agatha Christie spoof, as Inspector Drake, ably hampered by Sergeant Plod, interviews a colourful confusion of characters. there's Guest the butler, Cook the gardener, Gardner the cook, Butler the guest, and another butler called Shofer.

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications, 1990   -

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Genre:
Whodunnit Comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Joining the Club

Synopsis:
Joining the Club tells the story of a highly successful career woman who becomes unexpectedly expectant. This is the night that Jenny plans to reveal the results of her home pregnancy test to her husband, Tom. But he has some startling news of his own!

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Jolly Sinister Jape, A

Synopsis:
pastiche of the 1920s' thriller

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
One Act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Last Panto in Little Grimley

Last Panto in Little Grimley
sex comedy seems to be the only hope of Grimley AmDram Soc now that membership has dwindled to four - but how will the locals react ? This fast-paced one-act comedy requires no set and only minimal props

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1st Produced:
-    1992

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications,    978-0951726785

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Last Tango in Little Grimley

Synopsis:
Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society is in trouble. the membership has dwindled to four - the audiences aren't much bigger - and if they don't come up with some rent money soon, they're going to be thrown out. "there's only one thing that sells tickets these days" argues Gordon the Chairman. "Sex!" . Thus begins the chaotic and hilarious build-up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown Drama - an evening the locals would never forget!

Notes:
This And Joining the Club, Are in the same book

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Opposite Sex, The

Synopsis:
two couples meet to find that each had an affair with their opposite partner leading to blows, black eyes and broken china

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications, 1999   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Searching For Doctor Branovic

Synopsis:
Emma Tyler mourns the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, Joe. But all is not as it seems and, deep in the bowels of the nearby hospital, something stirs. Enter Detective Inspector Monroe who soon finds himself right in the middle of another mystery which threatens to unhinge his sanity. How did Joe manage to walk out of his own post-mortem? Where is the mysterious Doctor Branovic? How did the toaster get dented on both sides? Why has Monroe got a hole in his right hand? And, most crucially of all, does Emma Tyler really own a cat?

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Company:
the Theatre People

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Secret Lives of Henry & Alice, The

Synopsis:
For Henry Smith - actor, raconteur, sporting hero, leading socialite, business tycoon, secret agent, casanova and acting President of the United States - life was rarely dull. For Alice Smith, housewife - life was rarely anything else. Enter Michel - French waiter - tall, dark and available. Exactly what happened next, no-one's quite sure. Except that it involved a rotting melon, a deckchair and a bottle of neck-rub. Fantasy blurs into reality. Secret passions explode. And two worlds which seem a million miles apart are suddenly on a collision course. It could only happen to Henry & Alice. And only their pet goldfish, Orca, and you, will ever know the true story

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This is the full-length version of "the Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish."

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Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Sex, Drugs & Rick'n'Noel

Synopsis:
Sex, Drugs & Rick'n'Noel, is the funny and touching story of two mature students studying history, and a whole lot else, at University. the piece can be performed as a straight comedy play, or as a musical.

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1st Produced:
-    2003

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1st Published:
Flying Ducks Publications,    -

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Unoriginal Sin

Synopsis:
Eve is twenty-four and never been kissed. Well, not properly. Bill is thirty-five, rich, alcoholic, and with the sex drive of an adolescent bull on steroids. Eve is engaged to Neville. Bill is married to Jenny. Jenny is having an affair with Jeremy, but she remains utterly devoted to her husband's cheque book. Miles is Bill's best friend. Or at least he was, before he discovered Bill's underpants hanging from the lightshade in his bedroom. then there's Father Tomlin. At least he's taken a lifelong vow of celibacy. Or so his daughter claims. Original Sin? It seems there's nothing very original about it any more -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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What's For Pudding?

Synopsis:
Jack and Mary's dull Saturday evening is taken to zany, drunken heights after the arrival of Maureen, Ted & Dennis - single set

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Samuel French, London, 1990   -

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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