ODN Library and Winning Plays

 

============== ODN Script Library ===============

Having dificulty finding your next play? We have been donated a selection of plays & a few musicals for your perusal. There are limited details on the lists downloadable below (pdfs).
Please contact Mike Davies by email: info@OxfordshireDramaNetwork.org  
or phone 01235 821351 or 07836 776220 to arrange to borrow any for perusal.
Conversly, if you have unwanted scripts to donate send them to us to add to the collection.

Click here to download List of Full Length plays & Musicals

Lists Last updated 7/8/13

Click here to download List of One Act plays

Lists Last updated 6/8/13

=========== ODN Winning 1 Act Plays =============

Winners of the ODN One-Act playwriting competitions.
Plays are available for perfomance by contacting the author.

2016 winner

 

Dynamo Flo by Wayne T Brown of Oxford Theatre Guild

Cast: 5M & 1F   (2 Sets)   Running time: approx 40 minutes

Flo, a pocket rocket nightclub singer, returns from performing on a cruise with her best friend “Cilla” and ex-boyfriend Fred. It’s New Year’s Eve 1957 and Derek the compere wants to keep his punters happy but local lad Jim has kept a flame burning for Flo and Fred is nothing but trouble. Can manager to the stars Roger whisk Flo off to the bright lights of the big city or will sentiment rule heart?

 

2014 winner

"Yusupov and Rasputin" by Nick Smith
A One Act Play 

Cast: 11M and 2F   (doubling of most of the male parts is possible).   Running time: 30 minutes approx.

Set in a basement room of the Moika Palace in St Petersburg on the night of 29-30 Dec 1916. No scene changes are required.

‘Yusupov and Rasputin’ is a historical comedy based on the latest research into Rasputin’s murder. The plot orchestrated by the fey plutocrat, Prince Felix Yusupov, is farcically botched and the Mad Monk is finally despatched by Oswald Rayner, the prototype English spy, whom Yusupov first met in Oxford.

This short comedy is a companion piece to the same author’s Free Love, set on the wedding day of P.B. and Mary Shelley. The message of these two companion plays set on 30th December 1816 and 1916 is a familiar one: history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as black farce.  The two plays might aptly be performed together, without a royalty payable, in 2016!

To obtain a review copy of either play, please contact the author at
nick@ool.co.uk.

 

 

2013 winner

"Nighthawks" by Peter Webster
A One Act Play 

Cast: 4M and 2F

The running: 35 minutes approx.

A relatively simple set, ‘Nighthawks’ is set in a New York diner and is based on the subject depicted in a painting.

‘Nighthawks’ takes Edward Hopper’s well-known painting of the same name as its starting point, setting out to provide the backstory of the characters depicted in the painting and their air of loneliness and isolation. The play is set in 1941, with some of the action set prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and some in the aftermath. What has happened to the characters to leave them looking as they do? The audience is presented with a possible reason and are left to draw his or hers own conclusion. As far as possible the action and dialogue is true to the period, as are the facts on which the dialogue is based.

Please note: there are two versions the play as the latter part of the play can be seen from the different perspectives of the characters. Directors can choose whichever version they consider to be most effective.

To obtain a perusal copy, please visit my website

http://www.petepanto.co.uk/plays.htm for contact details

(‘Where to buy and try’ page) + ‘Fees and copyright’ page.

 

2012 winners

 

Genre        Black comedy

Period       Future;   one interior

Length       circa 40 minutes

Cast           M2, F2,  +1 M or F

Total Cast:   5

 

Copyright Barbara Neville. 

For a perusal copy of the script, contact her on     bee@benjon.co.uk

Video/sound recording for commercial purposes not permitted.

 

2nd    Round and Round

A play in One Act by Gwilym Scourfield

Genre: Historical Drama

Cast Details: 2 M (age 70; 40)  1 F (age 50) TOTAL:  3

Setting: - Internal - Poland 1543

Set: can be symbolic - minimal properties required

Running time: 35 minutes

 

Plot: Nicolaus Copernicus, a Catholic astronomer, has not published his life's work. His brilliant Mathematical assistant, Georgius Rheticus (a Lutheran) realises the old man might not live to see his work published. His keenness to persuade the astronomer is contested by Copernicus' down-to-earth housekeeper, Natalia Parsita. She is sceptical about 'boys and their astronomical toys', but loves the old man. Only when he dies does Rheticus understand why his master holds back on making his books available.

 

The play is presented as comedy, though it explores the ironic relationship of belief and knowledge. It is based on historical facts, but is entirely fictional. (Copernicus' work enabled the revolution in astronomy that 'proved' our universe is heliocentric.)

 

The writer is happy to work with directors who wish to adapt the play.

For a perusal copy of the script, contact

Gwilym Scourfield by email: sheilagwilym@talktalk.net

 

 

3rd   Encounters by Peter Webster

A One Act Play

 

Cast: 4M and 5F (Easily adaptable to 5M and 5F if desired.)

The running: 45 minutes approx

Simple set which can be embroidered if time allows.

 

‘Encounters’ is set in a coffee shop and takes the audience through a sequence of six linked scenarios, overhearing the conversations between the customers as they come and go with Alex, the waitress, providing the focus. Some of the scenarios are serious or confrontational, some humorous, each with their own payoff and all leading to an unexpected conclusion.  The time is the present, so that the language and references are of today. The audience is presented with a chance meeting between a separated couple; a desperate salesperson’s conversation with his/her client, with apt comments from another customer; a university lecturer’s dilemma and the possible solution; the problems created by an expensive impulse purchase; a man asking for directions and getting some he didn’t want and finally some unwanted sibling rivalry.

 

‘Encounters’ forms the first part of a suite of three linked one act plays. A thread runs through them, in that the first, ‘Encounters’ is set in a coffee shop as stated; the second, ‘Nighthawks’ is set in a New York diner and is based on the subject depicted in a painting. The third, ‘The art of criticism’, is also themed around a painting.

 

To obtain perusal copies of these 3 plays, please visit my website

http://www.petepanto.co.uk/ for contact details

(‘Where to buy and try’ page) + ‘Fees and copyright’ page.

 

 

 

1st: Dynamo Flo by Wayne T Brown of Oxford Theatre Guild

Cast: 5M & 1F   (2 Sets)   Running time: approx 40 minutes

Flo, a pocket rocket nightclub singer, returns from performing on a cruise with her best friend “Cilla” and ex-boyfriend Fred. It’s New Year’s Eve 1957 and Derek the compere wants to keep his punters happy but local lad Jim has kept a flame burning for Flo and Fred is nothing but trouble. Can manager to the stars Roger whisk Flo off to the bright lights of the big city or will sentiment rule heart?