Composers and their stage works 


Adam Bede

Play. Geoffrey Beevers, adapted from the novel by George Eliot
Flexible cast of up to 30 characters, can be played by a minimum of M3 F3. Various interior and exterior settings.

In this rich and humorous portrayal of eighteenth-century rural life, Geoffrey Beevers remains true to George Eliot's original novel. Adam Bede, a young carpenter of integrity, loves Hetty Sorrel, a pretty and self-centred dairymaid, who herself dreams of Arthur Donnithome, the young squire. Arthur cannot resist seducing her, and their passion has tragic consequences for the whole community.
ISBN 0 573 11049 2

The Admirable Crichton

Fantastic comedy. J. M. Barrie
M 13 F12. Two interiors, one exterior.

The time-honoured classic comedy of the butler Crichton and his eccentric aristocratic master, Lord Loam, marooned on a desert island.
ISBN 0 573 01002 1

Adventure Story.

Play. Terence Rattigan
M 12 F5. Four interiors, two exteriors.

The Pythia had warned Alexander that only self-conquest could fit a man to conquer the world. Sure of his destiny, Alexander pursues his vision of a world living in a united concord under his rule. He captures the enormous empire of Darius of Persia, but the demon that forces him to press on to Bactria and then India corrupts his purpose and his vision. He grows despotic, suspicious and ruthless, killing all who question his divinity. He dies at thirty-one, having achieved his conquests but brutally aware of their futility. Period Ancient Greek
ISBN 0 573 01003 X

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Play. Adapted by Matthew Francis from the novel by Mark Twain
M22 F8 (doubling possible). Various interior and exterior settings.

Huckleberry Finn's adventurous journey along the Mississippi is skilfully captured in Matthew Francis' superb adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel. First produced at the Greenwich Theatre, this exciting approach to Twain's epic thrives on the use of minimal set and prop devices to illustrate the many locations. A truly imaginative, both moral and humorous, tale of discovery with flexible casting opportunities. Period 19th century
ISBN 0 573 01779 4


Drama. Carlyle Brown. 5 men, 2 women. Unit Set

Earning their income with satires of white high society, the African Company came to be known for debunking the sacred status of the English classics (which many politically and racially motivated critics said were beyond the scope of black actors). Inside the Company's ranks, similar debates raged about whether to mimic the English tongue, or to provide a more lively interpretation of white theatre by acknowledging the vibrancy of the black experience (in the words of the African Company's manager: "say ya Shakespeare like ya want." Shakespeare is the chosen cultural battleground in this inventive retelling of a little known, yet pivotal event in the African Company's history. Knowing they are always under prejudicial pressures from white society, and facing their own internal shakeups, the African Company battles for time, space, audiences and togetherness. Their competition, Stephen Price, an uptown, Broadway-type impresario, is producing Richard III at the same time as the African Company's production is in full swing. Price has promised a famous English actor overflowing audiences if he plays Richard in Price's theatre. Fearing the competition of the African Company's production, which is garnering large white audiences, Price manipulates the law and closes down the theatre. The Company rebounds and finds a space right next door to Price's theatre. At the rise of curtain of the next performance, Price causes the arrest of some of the actors in a trumped-up riot charge. The play ends with the Company, surviving, its integrity intact, and about to launch an equally progressive new chapter in the American theatre: they'll soon be producing the first black plays written by black Americans of their day.
ISBN: 0-8222-1378-8

After Darwin.

Play. Timberlake Wertenbaker
M5 F1or M3 F1. Simple settings.

It's 1831 and the naturalist Charles Darwin is to travel with Robert FitzRoy into uncharted waters off the coast of South America aboard The Beagle. So far, so factual. But for Millie, Ian and Tom, getting to grips with a 1998 stage version of events includes uncovering the polarities both in and between their own lives. The exploration of nineteenth-century philosophical tensions, with the staunch solidity of FitzRoy's Christian ideals sparring with Darwin's slowly dawning radical vision, provokes unsuspected emotions in the present-day director and actors.

After Easter

Drama. Anne Devlin. 5 men, 6 women (flexible casting). Unit Set

Greta, an Irish ex-patriot living in England, has been experiencing religious visions for years. Or are they merely signs of a mental disorder whose roots lie in Greta's upbringing? A strident non-believer, Greta has tried to suppress these episodes, but stress from a crumbling marriage and the birth of her third child have pushed her to the brink of suicide. At the opening of the play, Greta recounts fleeing a party and sitting in the middle of a road where she's nearly hit by a bus. Discharged from the mental hospital that took her in, Greta visits her two sisters: Helen, a commercial artist who adopts an American accent to hide her heritage; and Aoife, a not-so-strict Catholic who has married and moved only minutes away from her childhood home. But on her first night out of hospital, Greta has a vision of a female banshee entering her room. That night, the sisters learn of their father's heart attack and they return home to a confrontation with their overpowering mother, the Church and their father's death.
ISBN: 0-8222-1671-X

After Liverpool.

Play. James Saunders

Any number of characters. . (Published with Games.) Playing time one to one and a half hours according to use made of material
A note on After Liverpool by the Author: 'After Liverpool is not a play but a suite of pieces, to be performed by one or more actors and one or more actresses. The order in which the pieces are played is not specified. Using a musical analogy the script gives some themes, within and between which any number of variations are possible.'
ISBN 0 573 02501 0

After October.

Play. Rodney Ackland
M5 F6. A living-room.

After October is Ackland's most autobiographical play. It shows a feckless family in the grip of poverty, with a young playwright, Clive, scenting the possibilities of escape to affluence and extravagance. But Clive's play is a failure and his beloved Frances opts for his rival Brian. A loan helps Clive until his novel will be completed and everything will be all right 'after October'. The mood lightens - only the creditors are heavy.


Play. Anne Meara. 4 men, 3 women. Interior.

Set in the newest "in" Manhattan restaurant, the play opens with an ethereal waiter preparing for the arrival of a party of four. Just as the two couples are about to enter, it magically begins to snow making the night perfect for a cozy after-theatre supper. The two middle-aged couples, Marty and Terry, and Renee and Phil, old friends reuniting after three years, have just seen a new Broadway play. Shedding the formality of the theatre, the four friends settle into the comfort of the restaurant, order cocktails and begin to reacquaint themselves. The years and distance separating them have changed them more than they thought. Discussing the play and playing catch-up leads to little arguments and major differences of opinion. More drinks are ordered and apologies ease the way into dinner over which are discussed sex, the wearing of fur, matters of health and problems with their children. Time and distance aside, these couple know each other very well and will always be close friends. A third couple, Emily and Matt, acquaintances of Marty and Terry, stop by the table to say hello. After introductions, they are convinced to stay for a nightcap even though Emily has already had too much to drink The nightcap sends her over the edge, and when the recent tragic death of her son is brought up, the uncomfortable situation is made worse. Emily makes a drunken, public spectacle of herself, forcing Matt to all but carry her out of the restaurant. The ugliness of the moment is not lost on Mary. Terry, Renee and Phil, all of whom are deeply effected. Having shared painful secrets and made new discoveries about one another, the four put their disagreements and arguments behind them and forge ahead in friendship until next time.
ISBN: 0-8222-0459-2

After September.

Play. Jimmie Chinn
M 1 (middle age) F10 (20s-60s). A school staff room.

The staff of the Gwendolen Kyte School for Girls are an odd assortment of social misfits and eccentric types. Returning for a new term they face a catalogue of catastrophe and tension reaches breaking point when a government inspector arrives with anonymous letters defaming the school as outmoded, old-fashioned and unsafe, and the staff as unqualified. Who could have betrayed them? And if the school is closed down, where will they go? A warm and touching depiction of female relationships, with several excellent roles for older actresses.
ISBN 0 573 01716 6

After the Ball Is Over.

Comedy. William Douglas Home
M7 (20x, middle-age, elderly) F5 (20x, middle-age, elderly). A sitting-room and gallery.

This delightful comedy was seen at the Old Vic in 1985 starring Patrick Cargill and Anthony Quayle. The annual Drayton Castle Hunt Ball is held on the very night that the Bill outlawing fox hunting passes through the House of Lords. This inauspicious start to the evening only serves to herald further confusion and disaster! 'He [William Douglas Home] loves his characters, knows their world intimately and he sends you away with a warm regard for their eccentricities.' Spectator
ISBN 0 573 01624 0

After the Dance.

Terence Rattigan
8m 5f, extras. Drama. Single interior set.

Set in the Mayfair flat of a high-living, hard-drinking, successful writer, David, the play turns on his involvement with two women, his wife Joan and an earnest minded younger woman, Helen. Joan commits suicide. David considers following her but instead returns to a life of parties and drinking. A magnificent tragic play by a great modern writer. First staged to enormous acclaim in 1939, just before the outbreak of war, and then neglected until the 1994 BBC TV revival.
ISBN 1854592173

After the Fall

Arthur Miller - Drama 12M 11F Flexible staging

A powerful and moving study of a contemporary man struggling to come to terms with himself and his world by probing back into the revealing and often painful events of the past. Intertwining images of the past bring back the memories of inquisition when men were asked to name names of those who had joined with them in a communism that they mistook for a better future. Millers most mature piece of work.

After the Rain.

Play. John Bowen
M9 F3. A bare stage.

The time is '200 years after the Rain of 1969' and the action is a paraphrase of the Bible, commencing with the ark and the flood and ending with the sacrifice of the god-figure. A vital youth and a girl are introduced to the rituals of the community led by Arthur, who believes himself divine. Another man becomes his priest and establishes a ritual-ablutions, confession, audiences, sacrifices, etc. But Arthur is disabused of his godly notions and convinced that he was only possessed by God and was only his vicar. It is he who must be sacrificed.

After You with the Milk.

Comedy. Ben Travers
M3 (young, middle-age, 70) F2 (young, middle-age). A living-room.

This sophisticated, saucy, fast-moving comedy takes place in the heat-wave summer of 1935 and centres on Dottie, young, attractive and slightly dizzy, whose vocabulary seems devoid of the word 'no'. Her overt kindness and soft-heartedness leads her into a life of turmoil as, in her endeavours to please everyone all of the time, she indulges in several affairs with complicated and desperate results!
ISBN 0 573 01610 0