Composers and their stage works 


The Passing-Out Parade

Play. Anne Valery
F9-12 (late teenage-40s). A barrack room and adjoining places.

The play follows the fortunes of a group of ATS girls from their arrival as a raw, awkward, ill assortment of individuals to their passing-out parade as a 'perfectly drilled unit of faceless soldiers', following the shifts and tensions of their personal relationships, the comedy, drama and - in one case -eventual tragedy that occur during their period of training together. The action centres on the girls' barrack room, with small insets in adjacent places.
ISBN 0 573 13003 5

Passing Places

Stephen Greenhorn
5m 2f, doubling. Comedy. Minimal set.

Alex and Brian are a pair of smalltown boys going nowhere, who get out the only way they know how - doing a runner with a prized surfboard owned by Alex's psychopathic boss. The only transport available is a worn-out Lada, but they head North for Thurso, where the surf is up all year round. This 'tremendous new comedy' (Herald) was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 1997 and won a nomination for Stephen Greenhorn as Scottish Writer of the Year.
ISBN 1 85459 349 8

Passing Through

Play. Peter John Bailey.
7 men, 5 women. Unit Set

The time is 1944, the place Catesville, Kansas. Restless and bored with small-town life, Sarah Carson, an attractive widow of 37, contemplates selling her late husband's dry goods store and pursuing her dream of becoming a novelist. The local minister and the boy who works in the store both make romantic overtures to the lonely Sarah but she is not moved - until she meets Walter Dobbins, a young soldier of 20 who is passing through Catesville and who confides to Sarah that he plans to become an actor after the war. Despite the difference in their ages Walter and Sarah know immediately that they are kindred spirits and love grows quickly and spontaneously. After meeting for a weekend in New York, before Walter goes overseas, they correspond regularly until Walter is wounded and sent home to Texas to recuperate. Mustering her courage, Sarah visits Walter at his family's drab home - and suddenly the difference in their ages becomes, at least for her, an obstacle too great to overcome. But, in the tender and moving final moments, of the play, this too gives way to the power of a love which will not be denied.
ISBN: 0-8222-0875-X

Passion Killers

Play. John Godber
M4 (20s, 30s) F5 (20s, 30s). Can be played by M4 F3. Composite set.

Despite misgivings at leaving his wife Gail Tom joins his friend Andy on a holiday in Spain. Andy enthusiastically joins the lager louts and takes every opportunity available for illicit sex; Tom embarks on a wistful, platonic friendship with Trish. Back home, Andy keeps his infidelity secret and his marriage continues as before; Tom tells Gail of his innocent holiday friendship and the seeds of suspicion are instantly sown ...
ISBN 0 573 01868 5

Passion Play

Play. Peter Nichols
M2 (50s) F4 (20s, 40s, 50). Extras. Various interiors.

James and Eleanor have shared twenty-five happily married years, faithful, fulfilled-and boring. So when Kate, mistress of the lately deceased Albert (a close friend of James) and accomplished marriage-wrecker, appears on the scene James easily falls prey to this young seductress. Hungry for revenge on Kate, Albert's widow informs Eleanor of the affair. Alter-egos for James and Eleanor-Jim and Nell -acting as the couple's conscience, comment on the disruption and hurt caused by marital infidelity.

A Passionate Woman

Play. Kay Mellor
M3 (early 30s, 50s) F1 (50s). F1 extra, off stage voices. A loft and rooftop.

Betty, a passionate, doting mum from Leeds finds it hard to accept that her son, Mark, is leaving the fold to get married. On the wedding morning she retreats to the loft where she relives her long-lost youth and the affair with the man she might have married, and gradually reconciles herself to the imminent departure of Mark. A heartfelt, provocative, masterful play.
ISBN 0 573 01866 9


Play Albert Innaurato.
4 men, 3 women. Interior.

The scene is a rundown, cluttered apartment in the Italian-American section of South Philadelphia, where Berro, deserted by his southern-born wife some ten years earlier, is preparing a family party for his father, Oreste, who is paying his monthly visit from the nursing home to which he has been consigned. Chaotic at the best of times, things are thrown into even greater turmoil when Aggy, Berto's estranged wife, suddenly turns up, shepherded by her tough-talking sister, Sarah (who farms her own spread in North Carolina), ostensibly to claim her personal belongings and to serve Berto with divorce papers. During their years apart, Aggy, trying to bring some order into her life, has earned a medical degree, but she has also lost contact with their son, Little Tom, and she is filled with remorse when she learns of Tom's repeated attempts at suicide during her prolonged absence. But Tom, who has been "saved" by his grotesquely overweight, hilariously foulmouthed wife, Francine, is not about to relieve his mother's guilt, nor is he abashed when Renzo, Francine's randy father, undertakes an athletic slam-bang pursuit of sister Sarah. Bursting with vitality, and bounding from scenes of wild hilarity to moments of deeply moving emotion, the play ultimately breaks through the barriers which separate its varied characters and unites them in a shared awareness that life, for all its untidiness and disorder, is meant to be lived - joyfully, for richer of poorer, and with love as its passionate core.
ISBN: 0-8222-0877-6


Comedy. Tom Griffin.
3 men, 2 women. Interior.

The setting is a clean but slightly threadbare apartment in a medium sized New England city, occupied by Artie and his live-in girlfriend, Roxanne. As the play begins, Artie and his pal Doober are rehearsing the skit (Artie dressed as a box of ziti, Doober as vermicelli) with which they hope to win first prize in the annual pageant put on by the pasta manufacturer for whom Artie works. Hopefully this will turn out better than some of Artie's other schemes - such as betting on the horses - which have put him heavily in debt to an unseen but sinister bookie, Ernesto Mal, whose henchman, appropriately named Slimy, has come by to give Artie a pay-up-or-else ultimatum. Artie's only hope of staving off a broken arm, or worse, is the stamp collection which his grandfather left to him, and while Slimy is hardly a philatelist he just happens to have a friend (a lady named Walter) who is. Happily the stamps are valuable, enough so to settle Artie's debt, and as the play ends (after allowing each of the characters an opportunity to regale the audience with a zany recounting of his or her personal story) Artie and Doober are back in costume, and heading off to the pasta pageant, their customary high spirits fully restored.
ISBN: 0-8222-0878-4


Comedy. Brian Jeffries
M2 (late 50s/early 60s) F3 (17, late 50s/early 60s). A living-room, a cafe kitchen.

Sam and Bill, two middle-aged brothers, own and run 'Cobblers', a cafe in a seaside town. Their peace is shattered by the arrivals of a runaway, Linda, who is after a job, and her grandmother, Connie, who is after Linda. A terrible coincidence is revealed as Connie is brought face-to-face with George, the husband who left her forty years ago and who is now Sam; likewise, Connie's friend Win finds, in Bill, her errant Arthur.
ISBN 0 573 01870 7