Composers and their stage works 


Loose Ends (in First Run 2. now out of print)
Photocopy of single play available £2.50 - apply to Nick Hern Books
Stuart Hepburn
2m. Comedy. Simple set.

An innocent young man, newly arrived in the big city from Skye, meets a streetwise Glaswegian. 'Contains some of the sharpest and most perceptive writing I've come across' Guardian.

Loose Finds

Comedy. Frank Vickery
M2 (20s, middle-age) F3 (20s, middle-age). A caravan site.

Marlene is an interfering mother who has an almost unbearable influence on her children Darren and Louise. Louise is married and now Marlene decides it's time to get Darren hitched. On a weekend break at a caravan park Marlene sees her opportunity: Bev, who owns the caravan, would be the perfect match for Darren! But there is a reason for Marlene's sometimes infuriating behaviour, she is due to have chemotherapy. This entertaining comedy is the sequel to A Kiss on the Bottom
ISBN 0 573 01824 3


Play. Joe Orton
M5 (middle-age, young) F1 (young). A living-room.

When Hal robs a bank and hides the money in Mrs McLeavy, his late mother's, coffin, Fay, who is trying to marry Mr McLeavy for his money, becomes suspicious and demands a share. From then on, outrageous development follows outrageous development. Truscott the police inspector accuses Fay, rightly, of having poisoned Mrs McLeavy, but the evidence is destroyed. Finally McLeavy finds himself arrested for the robbery and Truscott shares in the proceeds.

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.

Improbable Comedy. Constance Cox. Based on the short story by Oscar Wilde
M5 (20, 40, 50, elderly) F5 (20, 40, middle-age, 60). A drawing-room

After Lord Arthur has had his palm read by Podgers who tells him he will commit a murder, he feels duty bound to get it over with before his marriage to Sybil. But, aided by the anarchist Winkelkopf, his attempts prove futile. It emerges Podgers is a charlatan and so Lord Arthur is free but on the way to the wedding rehearsal he finds the carriage contains Winkelkopf's newest bomb. Period 1890
ISBN 0 573 01245 8


Drama:. Jack Richardson. 12 men, 3 women. Exterior

This drama is a parable about the nobility of artistic aspirations in a world gone berserk. The locale is Renaissance Italy and the story concerns an itinerant acting troupe amid the havoc of a small local war. The director-star and one of the players are murdered and the former's daughter goes off with the victorious general, but the survivors, including the director-star's son and the disillusioned nobleman who hired the army, decide to continue the career of bringing release and inspiration to the people. And, without neglecting one facet of the charm and verve inherent in its costume background, the play combines eloquence with meaning in setting forth a thesis of timeless and compelling significance. The futility and stupidity of war are pitted against the innate, constructive good in men, and the ultimate triumph of the latter is supported in a manner which is not only an unique theatrical experience but a wise, witty and worldly lesson in human values as well.

Lorna Doone

Play. Dramatised by Jill Hyem from the novel by R. D. Blackmore
M 18 F8 (much doubling possible) 2 boys, 2 girls. Extras. Composite setting.

Exmoor's haunting beauty dominates this irresistible blend of romance and adventure that is R.D. Blackmore s famous novel, here superbly adapted for the stage. Spanning thirteen years, all the characters are present from the ruthless Doones to the peace-loving Ridds; from the highwayman Tom Faggus to Hanging Judge Jeffreys. But the love of John Ridd for Lorna Doone remains firmly at the heart of the play. Period seventeenth century
ISBN 0 573 01827 8

Losing Venice

(in Scot-Free) - John Clifford
5-9m 3-8f. Historical drama. Flexible staging.

When a Duke from Spain embarks on a military adventure to save Venice and his reputation, the consequences are not what he expects ... 'A truly outstanding first stage play' New Statesman. Premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 1985.
ISBN 1 85459 017 0

A Loss of Roses

Play William Inge. 4 men, 4 women. Interior.

The setting. is a modest bungalow in a small town near Kansas City, and here lives Miss Field, a widow, and her 21-year-old son.The time is 1933 - the depression - and they are lucky to have jobs, she as a hospital nurse and he is a gas station attendant. The young man is petulant and demanding and his mother is loving in a mournful way, for she wishes the boy were the man his late father was. Into the house moves a friend from long ago, a stranded tank-town actress. She finds sanctuary here in return for doing the cooking and housework. It is to be a temporary setup, just long enough for the actor she has consorted with to find another job for them in Kansas City. The actress and the son become involved in a brief affair and he proposes marriage only to change his mind the following day. Heartsick, the actress returns to the life she loathes and the son decides to strike out on his own.
ISBN: 0-8222-0688-9

Lost in Yonkers

Comic drama. Neil Simon
M2 (30s, 40s) F3 (30s, 70x).2 boys. An apartment.

New York, 1942. When Eddie Kumitz's wife dies he deposits his two teenage sons with their formidable Grandma Kumitz who runs a candy store in Yonkers. But Grandma Kumitz is not all the boys have to contend with. There is also Bella, and Louie her brother, who may have mob connections. Gradually the mood deepens and darkens, as we become aware that this is a family full of emotionally crippled people.