Composers and their stage works 



Play. Jim Cartwright
M17 F13, can be played by M4 F3 with doubling. In and around a road in a small Lancashire town.

Under the guidance of the rum-soaked wide-boy Scullery, we are taken on an evening's tour of a scruffy, depressed road in a small Lancashire town. Moving from street corner to living-room, from bedroom to kitchen, we met the inhabitants, glimpsing their socially and emotionally wretched lives in this sharp, sad, funny and angry play. ' ... the most significant and original new English play to appear in London for a long time...' Observer
ISBN 0 573 01664 X

Road Movie

Godfrey Hamilton
3m 1m/f, doubling. Drama. Minimal set.

Winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First in 1995, this is the story of Joel's journey across the USA to join his lover Scott, and of the people he meets along the way; all grieving for the loss of loved ones. 'A piece of gay theatre which neither bludgeons with its own agenda nor whirls in a miasma of self-indulgence: a glorious experience' Independent
ISBN 1 85459 301 3

Road Show

Play. Murray Schisgal.
2 men, 2 women. Unit set

After achieving success in New York as a hard-driving television executive, Andy Broude and his wife, Blanca, are heading westward to Hollywood - where Andy expects to take over the helm of a major motion picture studio. Having decided to "see the country" en route, Andy and Blanca are driving to California (with frequent stops to call Andy's agent, who is still negotiating the fine points of Andy's contract) and as the play begins they are laying over in a small midwestern town. But then fate intervenes when Andy unexpectedly encounters his first love, Evelyn (who is now married to the local druggist), old memories flood back, and Andy unaccountably finds himself planning to give up California (and Blanca) to recapture the idealistic life he had once hoped for with Evelyn, when he was a struggling (but still dedicated) writer and she was a music student. However, complications arise in the form of Evelyn's rather odd but good-hearted husband, Robert; the demands of the children whom both couples have produced; and, of course, the indomitable Blanca. Using cardboard props and sets to emphasize the antic, fast-paced nature of the play, the action moves ahead swiftly as it follows the emotional ups and downs of the characters, and the eventual thudding return to reality when Andy is finally informed that his new job is definite (at a million plus year) and he and Blanca hop back into their car to depart, with hardly a backward glance as, sadder but wiser, Evelyn and Robert (whose father has just died) console each other for their respective losses.
ISBN: 0-8222-0957-8

Robin Hood.

Comedy drama. Larry Blamire
M14 F7, doubling possible. Extras. Various simple settings.

Larry Blamire has accomplished the enviable task of synthesising the conflicting legends and ballads about the outlaw folk hero into a sometimes hysterical, sprawling action-packed drama. Besides ably retelling the legend, he indulges in and makes fun of the stilted dialogue found in tiresome historical novels and adventure films. He has created roles that challenge and reinvent the myth, including a wise-cracking Maid Marion who is arguably a better swords person than any of Robin's merry men.

Robin Hood.

Musical celebration. David Wood and Dave and Toni Arthur
M 14 or F14 (minimum). An open space.

This is a series of playlets which tell the various well-known tales of Robin Hood. The possibilities for presenting the play are numerous -open stage, promenade, open air as well as on a proscenium stage. There is a basic cast of fourteen, but the authors envisage productions 'in which large numbers of local people take part', emphasising the basic concept of the play which is that of a musical celebration by a whole community.
ISBN 0 573 05063 5

Robin Hood - the Truth Behind the Green Tights.

Play. David Neilson
M7 F2, with doubling. Various interior and exterior settings.

'Feared by the bad, loved by the good' goes the song about Robin Hood, but in the case of Albert Ross, the distinction is not quite so clear-cut. For Albert is a coward, transferring his allegiance from Merry Men to Sheriff and back again at the drop of a hat- or rather, at the point of a sword. All of which lands Albert, his wife, Robin and Maid Marian in some very awkward situations ...
ISBN 0 573 11381 5

Robin Redbreast

Play. John Bowen
M5 (young, 30s, middle-age) F3 (30s, elderly). A cottage and adjoining lane.

Norah decides to live alone in a remote country cottage. She is soon attracted to Rob but there is something very strange about their brief affair - the local villagers are odd and when Norah becomes pregnant and wishes to leave the place and have an abortion she finds increasingly sinister forces arrayed against her. The tension mounts to a horrifying climax of witchcraft ritual, in which Rob - or Robin - is hideously sacrificed.