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It's a wet and cold winter's night in the small village pub. The locals gather for the company, a stiff drink and the open fire. The landlord is a surly, middle-aged grump with an attractive younger wife. She has trouble with the language. There's a middle-aged married couple from the local university. Their sarcastic comments towards each other are razor sharp. Then there's the two elderly spinster sisters. One's a wag and enjoys a tipple. Her sister is much more quiet and has "just the one". Buck is a young buck. He'll play darts with anyone and chat with the publican's wife.
Despite the weather and sarcastic undercurrent, things are okay until a stranger arrives. That in itself is a talking point but when the stranger lets slip he can tell you the exact date of your death, things certainly hot up.
Surely it's a joke, a con. Nobody can see into the future. If they could, what are the lottery numbers for next week and who's going to win the premiership this year?
Edward is not pushy and regrets having made his big statement. But two of the regulars take him very seriously. They want to know. One of the elderly sisters wants to know and is told. She's not going to die for another ten years or more. But young Buck also wants his date of death. Edward shudders. It's today!
Of course the sceptics laugh at this but there's not much of today left. The storm increases. Suddenly the lights go out. With flickering candles the group sit and argue about Edward's prophecy. Midnight approaches. Now it's down to the last minutes, the final seconds. There's a countdown. Will Buck die and prove Edward's a prophet? The play is not resolved until the very last line.
Dead In The Morning has one simple set. It's enjoyed some exciting performances and is ideal for drama competitions and festivals and as a double-hander with Box-Office Break-In.
Inside the box-office of a huge 2000 seat theatre, the three staff count the massive takings. It's a one-off rock concert with cash-only entry. The joint is jumpin'. There's cash to splash. Suddenly the door is opened and two masked intruders crash in. The three money-counters are terrified. The entrepreneur is actually more worried about the money but that's another story.
Dear In The Morning
Dead in the Morning
45 minutes, 8 roles [4m and 4F]
Dead in the Morning presented us with an atmospheric pub, fire blazing in the grate on a winter's night. The regulars assemble then a stranger comes in ... and things get pretty spooky because he has the ability to predict the date of someone's death if they wish to know it. 4 stars. Addington Theatre Group
40 minutes, 5 roles [M or F]
Thanks for your great script. The students really enjoyed the show.
If You Knew Susie
65 minutes 1F
She made the whole world laugh.
Sue Du Val was a Sydney identity. The term 'hostess with the mostest' applies perfectly to Missus Du Val. Running her midday cooking school, she was, literally, a legend in her own lunchtime. In her Woollahra home, where it was said her front door was always open, she gave cocktail and dinner parties, ran hilarious cooking classes and entertained anyone and everyone. She was a fantastic people person and no-one was excluded. She had the skill of successfully bringing people together enabling them to enjoy themselves and then some.
75 minutes, 1M or F
Resting, in 'Talking Heads' mode and so well crafted by Cenarth Fox, is a roller coaster ride that takes the audience through all the heartache, fun times and day to day living of Frankie Raines. This is a stunning tour de force role and Louise Whiteman grabs it by the throat and takes it all the way, never missing a beat in the shifting moods and changes in body language, embracing both the character and audience and leaving us drained but uplifted. Cenarth Fox is a playwright who has an incredible insight into the characters he writes about and his research is obviously so thorough. This is the third work I have seen by Cen Fox; the others being the one woman musical Moving On and of course, The Real Sherlock Holmes which has played in over 30 venues and will have return seasons again next year. Cenarth Fox is a playwright I can only describe as a bonfire just waiting to be lit. I raise my hat to the Director, Star, Playwright and Encore Theatre for giving us the opportunity to see this play. I just hope someone has the brains to see it and run with it.
Frankie has been a professional thespian for decades, doesn't want to retire but the phone is just not ringing. Frankie is 'resting'. Without work for many months, with savings dwindling and job-offers non-existent, Frankie's in strife. Apart from no work, Frankie has an ageing body, a lost family and a sick best friend. But Frankie lives on hope, it springs eternal. Old age will not triumph. Something will turn up. Frankie tackles reality TV, diaries, crosswords, chess and Shakespeare with a vengeance. Dame Thora Hird and Tommy Cooper pop in for a chat. Frankie's small flat is cluttered and the cleaner last called in 1965. Will Frankie ever act again? Will that bloody phone ever ring? A real challenge for either a male or female performer. One idea is to mount two productions with a male in one and a female in another. Different directors, similar set but on the same bill.
This is a most delightful one-person play and Louise Whiteman does a superb job. Anybody who saw her in The Real Sherlock Holmes will see a different character altogether. Louise is just gorgeous. She'll have you laughing and you'll feel sorry for her. The writing is brilliant. I recommend Resting as a wonderful evening of entertainment beautifully directed by Doug Bennett. The performance by Louise is absolutely startling. Go along and enjoy a great night of entertainment. Brian Amos
"Actors are cattle" - Alfred Hitchcock
How to Enjoy Your Own Funeral
75 minutes, 1M or F
Excellent, superb! Very clever play! Congratulations
How To Enjoy Your Own Funeral is still being talked about in our village. Residents loved the well-scripted lines delivered so beautifully by David Small. Many thanks for a grand evening of entertainment.
George Muffet retired many years ago. He spends a lot of time in his shed where carpentry brings great pleasure. Making something practical for someone in need doubles George's pleasure. The fact that ghe is making a coffin - his own - is not the slightest bit unusual for George.
"Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did."