Composers and their stage works 



Play. Sharman Macdonald
M I (middle-age) F2 (38, middle-age). 1 boy. A bedroom, hotel powder-room, ballroom.

In 1950s Glasgow, Pearl, a widow, is getting ready to go to a dinner dance with a gentleman friend she hopes will propose to her. Her ten-year-old son, Alan, helps her to prepare. At the end of the dinner dance, her partner, Callum, declares his love but Pearl cannot stop the past intruding as she reminisces about her dead husband. Returning home, Pearl's incipient loneliness is further underlined by Alan who is beginning to grow up and grow away.

Shadow and Substance

Drama. Paul Vincent Carroll.
6 men, 4 women. Interior.

The play deals with the Catholic Church in Ireland. Its theme lies in the ramifications of faith as practised by the Church's various constituents - faith that, for all its sincerity, has drifted from its deepest moorings. The manner in which a true, steadfast, innocent, and unselfish believer, a young girl, brings the contentious others, through the uncorrupted purity and simplicity of her own faith, back to first principles. The straw out of which Carroll has fabricated his bricks and built his play is of a superior quality, and his dramatic structure, as a consequence, mounts aloft with eloquence and power.
ISBN: 0-8222-1018-5

The Shadow Between

Elizabeth Addyman : Drama
3M 4F Interior set

A small Yorkshire town in the late 1950s has resented the arrival of a young parson from London, full of new ideas of religious faith. His only successful 'convert' has been a young orphan, ostracized from the community because of the circumstances surrounding her birth. But when an American arrives to show is wife where he spent his GI days in the war, her newfound faith is put to the test as the ghosts of her past collide head-on with the shadows of the present.
ISBN: 0 85676 109 5


Play. William Nicholson
M 11, F2, may be played by M7 F2. 1 boy. Various simple settings.

Nicholson's stage adaptation of his award-winning TV play relates the story of shy Oxford don and children's author C. S. Lewis and poet Joy Davidman in academic Oxford in the 1950s. Their relationship starts as an exchange of literary correspondence. When Joy arrives in Oxford her intellectual assertiveness delights Lewis but appals his condescending fellow academics, who are further shocked when Lewis goes through a marriage of convenience with her for immigration purposes.
ISBN 0 573 01894 4


John Godber and Jane Thornton
Comedy 4F (multiple role playing) Bare stage

Every town has its local trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen, from the local check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads tittering at the thought of a 'long comfortable screw'. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long-suffering waitresses who work there. Rushed off their feet, underpaid and overworked, they try to smile and help the difficult customers whilst coping with their own personal problems. A fascinating and often hilarious view of the reality which lurks behind the plastic palms and the pina coladas.
ISBN: 0 85676 132 X


Play. John Godber and Jane Thornton.
4 women.

In a not-so-chic London bar called Shakers, we meet Carol, Adele, Nicky and Mel, four friends who have taken to waitressing in desperation but who also have wit and resilience enough to never let any of the colorful characters they come across escape their satire unscathed. In theatrically heightened moments, the women play the roles of men and women alike, covering not only their nights at Shakers, but also the lives of four other working women in London. Always at the source of their satire are the men who take them for granted or, worse, abuse them. Against this backdrop of post-modern London life are kaleidoscopic scenes of hilarity and depravity. In intertwining plot threads we follow the waitresses as they confront a possible new owner for the bar and at the same time we follow four shopgirls getting ready for a night on the town. Tart-tongued and irreverent, the lives of all of these women are put in painful perspective by the doubling of their roles which draws attention to the economic and social prejudices affecting all women, not just the fighters we meet at Shakers.
ISBN: 0-8222-1316-8

Shakers (Re-stirred)

An all-new, and expanded version of the ever-popular play.
ISBN: 0 85676 166 4

Shakespeare Country

Peter Whelan : Comedy
6M 5F Flexible staging

The play is set on Midsummer's Eve in present day Stratford upon Avon. American Country and Western singer Billy Shake has arrived in town looking for the connection which will authenticate his claim to being the true descendant of William Shakespeare, but having gambled away all his money en route, he relies on the good nature of those whose paths he crosses to help him locate Shakespeare's famed oak tree and the proof he seeks - two leading actors from the current RSC production who are set to be married the following day but each harbouring doubts; a Japanese businessman from a pharmaceutical company test-marketing a new "feel-good" tablet; a New-Age traveller and a host of other odd and unusual characters who all conspire in one way or another to make it an evening to remember. When the tablets mischievously end up in the wrong hands, the scene is set for confusion and mistaken identities in this fast-paced comedy of reconciliation, a modern-day updating of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
ISBN: 0 85676 165 6

The Shakespeare Revue

Christopher Luscombe & Malcolm McKee
2m 2f, 1 pianist. Musical revue. Minimal set.

An enchanting collection of witty music and skits about the Bard. Devised for and first performed at the RSC, this show has been a hit with audiences all over the world, and includes songs and sketches by Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Fry & Laurie, Victoria Wood and many more. 'Absolute bliss' Barry Took, The Times.
ISBN 1 854592 599 0

Shakespeare's R & J

Drama. Joe Calarco.
4 men. Unit set

Four young prep school students, tired of going through the usual drill of conjugating Latin and other tedious school routines, decide to vary their very governed lives. After school, one breaks out a copy of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and they all take turns reading the play aloud. The Bard's words and the story itself are thrilling to the boys and they become swept away, enmeshed in the emotion so much so that they break school rules in order to continue their readings. The rigidity of their lives begins to parallel the lives of the characters in the play: roles in the family, roles in society and the roles played by men and women soon seem to make all the sense in the world, and then, suddenly, they seem to make no sense at all. Although they had been taking turns playing all the parts, two eventually emerge playing Romeo and Juliet exclusively, bringing a whole new dimension to the proceedings. Perceptions and understanding are turned upside down as the fun of play acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home and universal truths emerge.
ISBN: 0-8222-1679-5

A Shayna Maidel

Play. Barbara Lebow.
2 men, 4 women. Interior

The setting of the play is the stylish Manhattan apartment of Rose Weiss, the time 1946. Although born in Poland, Rose, now in her 20s went to the United States with her father, Mordechai, at the age of 4, and is now completely Americanised. The plan had been for Rose's mother and sister to join the others, but the sister fell ill with scarlet fever, the mother stayed on to care for her, and soon the rise of the Nazis cut off their escape. Their ordeal in the concentration camps, which only the sister survived, has brought a burden of guilt to the aging Mordechai, and deeply mixed feelings as he awaits the arrival of his elder daughter, Lusia, who has, at last, found her way to America. With her halting English and old world ways Luisa is a striking contrast to Rose, who is somewhat embarrassed by her rediscovered sister's presence, and fearful that it will threaten her own hard-won independence. Distraught, and concerned that she may never be reunited with her young husband, Lusia embraces a series of memories and fantasies which make real the joys and horrors of her life before the war, from which her father and sister were spared. But when Mordechai gives Rose a letter from her mother - a letter left many years earlier with a non-Jewish Polish friend - a "proof" of family is somehow restored, and old barriers and griefs give way to a renewed sense of hope and mutual dependence - and the conviction that a better future may yet arise from the bitter ashes of the troubled past.
ISBN. 0-8222-1019-3

She Stoops to Conquer

Comedy. Oliver Goldsmith
M8 (young, 20s, 60s) F3 (young, 20s, 50s). Extras. Two interiors, one exterior.

Mr Hardcastle and Sir Charles Marlow have arranged a match between Miss Kate Hardcastle and young Marlow. The fun arises when Marlow is directed to the Hardcastles' house rather than a neighbouring inn, and mistakes Hardcastle for the landlord and Kate for one of the servants. Period 1700s.
ISBN 0 573 01413 2

She Was Only an Admiral's Daughter

Comedy. Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman
M4 (young) F2 (young, middle-age). An apartment.

When Polly borrows her brother's friend's flat to meet prospective bridegrooms from a marriage bureau, she has little idea what she is letting herself in for. With a mixture of mistaken and assumed identities the result is a morning of chaos -but also a bridegroom for Polly. Not the least important character is the laundry chute which swallows both clothing and human beings with noisy and indiscriminate satisfaction.
ISBN 0 573 01560 0

She's Done It Again

Michael Pertwee : Farce
7M 4F Interior set

Take a gambler with debts and a pregnant wife. Take a parson with a pregnant wife who has mislaid £200 of church money. Take a bookie, also with a pregnant wife who is about to collect the gambler's debts. Put them all together and the wives produce five babies between them. Put a few heads together, then claim that one of the wives produced all five babies. Result; an imaginary set of quins and a fortune in money, or not, as the case may be.
ISBN: 0 85676 019 6