The Daughter of Time

Josephine Tey was a pseudonym used by Elizabeth MacKintosh (25 July 1896 – 13 February 1952), a Scottish author. Her novel The Daughter of Time was a detective work investigating the role of Richard III of England in the death of the Princes in the Tower, and named as the greatest crime novel of all time by the Crime Writers' Association. This adaptation for the stage stays true to the original story and can be performed with a simple set and small cast.

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The Frogs

Aristophanes is acknowledged as the greatest of the Greek comic writers and is the only one whose works has survived in complete form. "The Frogs" was produced the year after the death of Euripides and laments the decay of Greek tragedy. It is an excellent example of his style, mingling wit and poetry with rowdy humour and a keen sense for satire. This new adaptation is faithful to the story whilst using language understood by a modern audience.

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Rossum's Universal Robots

R.U.R. is a 1920 Science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. This new version by David Muncaster is given the title Rossum’s Universal Robots to give emphasis to the fact that it differs from the original. In this version, a drama group are performing the play in order to understand why it is now considered dated. However, not everything is as it seems as the actors find themselves facing the same horror as their characters.

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The Beginner's Guide to Murdering Your Husband

This play is presented as though it is an instructional video that the audience are watching being filmed. Maddy will present a variety of methods for disposing of an unwanted husband, aided by Jim, her real life husband, and her faithful employees.

But is she really trying to get rid of her husband? Is the video just a ruse to lull him into a false sense of security? As the play reaches its climax, we realise that nothing is what it seems. 

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Brewster's Millions

Brewster’s Millions is a story that has entertained generations of readers and movie goers. This new adaptation for the stage has been based on the original novel and is set in the roaring thirties when more millionaires were created than at any other time in history.

Six actors play twenty-nine characters in this fast-paced comedy as Monty attempts to lose a fortune to gain an even bigger one.

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The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary was written by John Willard and was first performed in 1922. 

This new version imagines the original play being performed as a live radio broadcast and should be presented on stage with the actors reading from scripts and the sound effects being performed live in view of the audience. The twist is that the company doing the performance have a few problems with cast members not turning up, so have to improvise as best they can.

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In this adaptation of Henrick Ibsen's classic play I have tried to stay as true as possible to the original script. I have used William Archer's 1889 translation and just updated the dialogue where it has been necessary to avoid distraction from outdated phraseology. This naturally resulted in brevity resulting in a two act play with a running time of about two hours including an interval.
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Life Begins at Seventy

Dorothy and Betty are in their seventies and have known each other since childhood. Tom and Bill have known each other for just a few years. The play develops and romance blossoms, all of which is witnessed by Susan, a character so seemingly peripheral to the action that she is simply referred to as ‘waitress’ until the final scene when her importance to the situation, and to the decisions that need to be made, becomes very clear.

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Life Begins Again

Betty and Dorothy have been best friends since childhood. Now in their forties Dorothy is happy with her domestic routine but her husband Frank is looking for a bit of spice in his life. Enter Helen, young and exciting she sends Frank's head in a spin. 
Life Begins Again will delight audiences with this slice of 1980s romantic comedy 

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Community Spirit

The village of Snickerton has a new community hall and all the local groups get together to organise an opening day that will never be forgotten. Pity Mel, the poor official from the local council who has to try to keep apart the warring factions.

There is Mike, the bombastic chairman from the choral society, who clashes with Chris, his deadly rival, as well as just about anyone else who dare to disagree with him. Add a couple of lovies from the am dram, some representatives of Churches Together who couldn't be further apart, the leader of the cubs and beavers who sees things in the night, and a host of other characters including a caretaker with a very unfortunate name. 

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The Mikado

The Mikado is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most celebrated comic operas and is as popular today as it was when it first opened in 1885. By setting the opera in Japan, W. S. Gilbert was able to satirise British politics and institutions freely. In my updated version I have set the action in a hospital and have a few gentle little digs at bureaucracy but maintain the utmost respect for the dedicated individuals who work in the NHS.

Whilst it may be a little unusual for a hospital to have a Lord High Executioner on the staff, not to mention a Wandering Locum Minstrel, we still get a happy ending and that is all that really matters.

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Mad Gary's Fruit and Nut Case

It is a big day for Tommy. His lovely daughter Peaches has just married Lionel Looselips, the son of the biggest fruit and veg wholesale magnate in the whole of Cheshire. Now Tommy can be assured that his market stall will always have the freshest, best value produce known to man.

The wedding reception is a grand affair, friends and relations are joined by rivals who, for one day, put their differences aside; or do they? As the ceremonial fruit salad is consumed the guests start dropping like fruit flies. Who is responsible for this murderous act? What did they hope to gain? Who will be next? It’s a job for “Mad” Gary Grasslover of the local constabulary. 

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