Plays for Drama Groups in the New Year!

c6ac47d4-a898-478d-ad67-4dbf09136b92Another year of fabulous plays and musicals is coming to an end but as one curtain closes another curtain opens! Time to start planning, creating and rehearsing for 2017 to make it even more amazing than this year. Below are some suggestions, whether you are flying solo and looking for a one act play, or you need something longer for your group or a theatre restaurant is more your style – see below or check out Maverick Musicals site for even more options.

On another note, we have been very busy in the Maverick Musicals office as we have brand new premises at Alexandra Headland on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Queensland and a new company director!

My name is Tahlia and I am so excited to be a part of the Maverick Musical family. If you need any recommendations, just contact me – or try the sample packs that are available for every title, perfect for sharing with your production committee.


119572e8-c297-4bed-b586-6a57bc59bedaIf You Are A David Bowie Fan….

Take a look at Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots

Or with 2017 Valentines Day not that far away, perhaps try Hugh O’Brien’s Trio of Love plays for a great season in your theater.

 


One Act Plays:

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Hot Spots

A newly published festival comedy that’s already popular with audiences. An uptight control freak plans a relaxing afternoon for a few friends, but as the wine flows… secrets, lies and betrayals threaten to turn it into the lingerie party from hell. Read more

dottys-inheritanceDotty’s Inheritance

Upon receiving the news that her dear brother Victor has passed, Dotty, a woman of advancing years, now finds herself the owner of the family business. A business that her daughters want to offload before they all end up in the headlines of the local paper. Read more.

do-i-510x600 Do I?

A slice of life dramatic comedy that explores themes of family, love, marriage – and boobs. Read more.
 
 

the-travellers-table-510x600The Traveller’s Table

Mayhem erupts when erotic Asian massage, a fake priest and feral cats collide! This fast moving, hilarious comedy poses the question “Why be yourself when it’s more fun to be someone else?” Read more.
 


nothingNothing

The people in this play know each other extremely well. The three friends, very relaxed in each other’s company, soon find what inhibitions they may have had washed away by a healthy sluicing of booze! Read more.
 

provocateurProvocateur

It’’s one thing to have a plan but another thing entirely to know what to do with it. Chaos reigns supreme in an undercover world of guns, espionage and hairy women. Read more.
 


Longer Plays:

the-world-bra-unclipping-championshipsThe World Bra Unclipping Championships at Garimba

Here is the new generation Dimboola, a laugh-out-loud comedy that is bound to be performed by every rural drama group in our wide, brown land. Read more.
 
 

little-black-dress More Than A Little Black Dress

Coco Channel sizzles, manipulates and charms her way through this stylised play. Coco was a ruthless opportunist – with a known penchant for wealthy lovers and dangerous company. Read more.
 

the-potion The Potion

Set in the trendy flat of a young drug representative of the Bellringer Pharmaceutical Company, here is a fast moving farce that will amuse your audiences.  Read more.
 


Theatre restaurant scripts:

cruisin-calypso Cruising’ Calypso

Set off on an exhilarating cruise to the exotic Caribbean, aboard the good ship Indulgence! Any journey into the troubled waters of the Bermuda Triangle is an adventure into the unknown. Read more
 

mystery-on-the-orient-express Mystery on the Orient Express

Take your audiences for a ride on the famous Orient Express. This very fast paced show will transport you all on a theatrical journey following the same route as the famous train through France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Read more
 

ma-bakers-tonicMa Baker’s Tonic

A lot happens in the Ritzy and it’s all fun for the actors and the audience. This show’s got the lot – glitter, gags, goils and gangsters! Very good female roles in this production. Read More
 

robin-the-hoodRobin the Hood

This enormously popular script follows the zany exploits of Robin the Hood and his band of motley men as they bumble through Sherwood Forest. Read more.
 


 
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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Can’t wait to see what exciting productions will be performed in 2017!

 


 

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With many more plays to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing our samples packages and find that perfect show for your group. Please contact me for a chat or send us an email about what you really need – and we’ll try our hardest to find you the right script!

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Exciting Drama DVD’s and Senior Plays for Theatre Students

Dear Drama Teachers

Looking for those elusive plays or Drama DVD’s created specifically for your theatre students? We have some excellent suggestions here for you to browse through. These popular DVD’s and play scripts for senior school students are suitable for performance, class-room work, discussion or examination.

The challenge for busy teachers is often just finding exactly the right script and resource for your needs – we hope that having a little nibble will give you a chance to better assess suitability prior to purchase. So we have provided a taste of our titles –  Free samples of scripts are ready to download straight to your computer. Have a browse on us, and see if there is anything that fits the bill. Easy online ordering means you can also download your chosen scripts immediately when you make your purchase.

NB: For Copyright reasons we are unable to provide online samples of Mark Wheeller scripts – please contact [email protected] for those script samples.

 


Two Invaluable DVD Resources for Teachers of Drama

These professionally filmed DVD’s depict a full range of Drama Techniques, and examples from Mark Wheeller’s plays – demonstrated by groups of theatre students. Easy to watch format, presented with high quality audio and video production and clear explanatory voice-overs.

Wheeller Plays Exemplifiedwheeler-plays-exemplified-dvd uses 18 filmed extracts from plays ‘Hard to Swallow’, ‘Kill Jill’ ,‘Too Much Punch for Judy’ and ‘Missing –Dan Nolan’ demonstrating a range of performance techniques. Contains interviews with Mark Wheeller about his work, providing a fascinating insight into the unique style of this playwright. For the many Drama Teachers already using his works, this DVD will be an excellent addition to their texts.

 

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Drama Techniques Exemplified features well filmed practical examples of pupils demonstrating the techniques. It is split into two main sections: ‘Learning Through Drama’ and ‘Learning About Theatre’. Teachers and drama practitioners will find it a really helpful and focused resource, and easy to use in the classroom.

 


More Great Plays by Mark Wheeller

hard-to-swallowHard to Swallow

A play based on Maureen Dunbar’s award winning novel and film “”Catherine”” that charts her daughter’’s uneven battle with anorexia and the family’’s difficulties in coping with it all. Told mainly through the words of Catherine and her family, this uncompromising and sensitive script is equally as popular in schools as it is on the one act play circuit – Hard To Swallow has sold over 15,000 copies in the UK since its publication in 1990 and has become a very popular performance in schools. Read more.

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Missing – Dan Nolan

Based on the true story of Dan Nolan, a teenage boy who disappeared on New Year’s Day 2002 after going fishing with friends, this unusual and deeply affecting play uses the actual words of Daniel’’s family, friends and the detective in charge to portray its important story. Read more.

 


 

too-much-punch-for-judyToo Much Punch for Judy – Mark Wheeller

Too much Punch for Judy is an award-winning drink drive documentary drama which tells the harrowing tale of a young woman who kills her sister in an alcohol-related road accident. This is one of the most performed plays ever (performed over 5000 times)averaging nearly one performance a day since its first publication in the UK. Check out the video footage of a performance.

“It is important that we pay due cognisance of the invaluable role that Mark plays as a socially conscious dramatist… one of the most performed playwrights in a wide range of professional and community venues as well as in educational establishments that face so many of the social problems that are addressed in his work.” Charles Vance Editor of Amateur Stage. August 2005. Read more.


 

Monologues 3 – Therese Edmonds

One book – three great monologues – three cool comedy scripts to brilliantly showcase an actor’s skills.

Gavin Regrets, 12 mins

Ever found yourself in a ludicrous situation and wondered how the heck you got there? Somehow Gavin’s found himself having to explain to the police how he ended up thigh-deep, naked, with his underpants on his head and stuck in mud “up to me nuts”, rescuing an unconscious dwarf in a kiddy bike trailer snagged on a rock in the middle of the river. Tracing it back decision by decision we see there’s a strange, almost credible, logic to this hilarious tale of a moron given enough rope. Winner of the Maj Monologues’ Peoples’ Choice Award in 2007. Read More.

Valerie Gets Hitched, 5mins

Valerie is a load of fun for any actress to play: she’s loud, she’s vain, she blubs, she thinks – so wrongly – that she’s still hot and spouts forth such an unjustifiably high opinion of herself we can’t help but laugh at her and the poor sap she’s just married. But in the end it’s a love story. Valerie Gets Hitched won the Shorelines Writing for Performance Award in 2008. Read more.


 

monologues-three-comediesShelly Kelly’s Day O’ Destiny

Shelly Kelly’s Day O’ Destiny is poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming. We cheer Shelly on as she attempts to realise her dream of being just like Susan Boyle and bringing some much-needed attention to her struggling town by winning Australia’s Got Talent. Winner of the Maj Monologues’ Judges Prize and the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2010. Exciting news about this title! It is now a set text for the new GCSE specification in the UK! Read more

stop-deadStop Dead – Phil Freeman

Stop Dead deals with a devastating subject: that of youth suicide. It looks at the final events leading up to the breaking point of four quite different young people, bringing into focus the mounting pressure with which each has to cope. Drama extensions and viewpoints for discussion included for classroom use. Read more.

four-funerals-and-a-weddingFour Funerals and a Wedding – Marlene F Magee

Seeking a great play for a class of students with a range of abilities? Four Funerals and a Wedding picks up from where Shakespeare’’s play left off. In this one act play the humour is snappy and streetwise with instant appeal for young people – an ideal piece for festival, classroom performance or as a youth theatre showpiece. Read more.


That’s it for this month. There are more great plays on our website – just tailor your search by using the filters available online. If you would like any more information about our plays and drama resources just send us an email to [email protected] Happy reading!

 

 

Festival Winners – One Act Plays from Maverick Musicals

gail2With theatre groups around Australia already thinking One Act Play seasons, our selections this month are absolute crackers – perfect for the Festival circuit – and great vehicles for your group to impress adjudicators with. All are audience pleasers, and ideal for a season of fresh one acters at your theatre.

Stumped for a theme? There’s the usual murder, love and mystery plays, and plenty more to choose from in our range.  You’ll find all our titles to peruse here and we’re happy to help with ideas, so feel free to contact me anytime.

Meanwhile, here are my recommendations for plays that we’re confident your group will have a hoot with – happy reading!

Gail Denver


Hot Spots

A newly published festival comedy that’s spot on for four actors, and already popular with audiences. An uptight control freak plans a relaxing afternoon for a few friends, but as the wine flows… secrets, lies and betrayals threaten to turn it into the lingerie party from hell. Read more


Do I?

A slice of life dramatic comedy that explores themes of family, love, marriage – and boobs. Read more.


Dotty’s Inheritance

This is another just published comedy by Debra Chalmers. Upon receiving the news that her dear brother Victor has passed, Dotty, a woman of advancing years, now finds herself the owner of the family business. A business that her daughters want to offload before they all end up in the headlines of the local paper. Read more.


Golf, Marriage and Other Murderous Matters

One definition of farce is that it’s all about ordinary people put into extraordinary situations – and then watching them lie, cheat and claw their way out of it. Read more.


Here’s the Thing

Amanda didn’t expect to have much more than a blinding headache after her big night out on the town with her newly divorced sister. Read more.


 

Hugh O’Brien’s plays are always popular. Here are three of his most contemporary comedies that would provide a fabulous season for any theatre group. Feral Husbands, Feral Cats and Feral Gas – Australia’s most pressing issues!

 


Husband Murderers Support Group

A group of long suffering wives meet weekly to help each other quell their desires to murder their dull, obsessive or cheating husbands. A one act, two murders, three women comedy! Read more.
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The Traveller’s Table

Mayhem erupts when erotic Asian massage, a fake priest and feral cats collide! This fast moving, hilarious comedy poses the question “Why be yourself when it’s more fun to be someone else?” Read more.


The Deep Well of Loyalty

Set against the controversial backdrop of drilling for coal seam gas, this fast moving one-act drama proves that mining fractures more than the earth. Read more.


 

Here are small cast dramas and comedies suitable for any theatre group aiming to travel the Festival circuit with ease.

 


All My Love Paul

Touching and beautiful, All My Love Paul is a moving musing of the fragility and joy of life. Whilst the subject matter deals with terminal illness, the tone is never sombre. Poignant but at no time pretentious, this is a play sure to leave the audience discussing – “what would you do in the same circumstances? Read more.


Avatar

This one act play was winner of 23 awards – 2002. Read more.


Boxing Day

At One Act Festivals, productions can sometimes blur into one, especially so after several sessions of plays. That’s not a dilemma your company will face if they stage Boxing Day – here’s a play that everyone, including the adjudicator will remember, and for all the right reasons. Read more.


Garbage

Garbage, three homeless drifters find a place that offers a little shelter and seclusion. Read more.


God Willing

Winner of the 2010 Noosa Playwriting Competition ‘Best Play of the Festival’ this intense drama will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Ideal for senior teens and drama groups and a sure Festival choice – 2 strong female roles. Read more.


Into the Mist

Into the Mist looks at comedy actress Margaret Rutherford’s later life, after the applause had faded, and the shadow that has hauntetd her life. Read more.


Nothing

The people in this play know each other extremely well. The three friends, very relaxed in each other’s company, soon find what inhibitions they may have had washed away by a healthy sluicing of booze! Read more.


Provocateur

It’’s one thing to have a plan but another thing entirely to know what to do with it. Chaos reigns supreme in an undercover world of guns, espionage and hairy women. Read more.


The Bench

A great choice for a festival play – at the 2013 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers One-Act Play Writing Competition The Bench was awarded both Best Play and the Audience Choice awards, garnering further awards at festivals since. Read more.


The Knock on the Door

This play explores how Australians, particularly women, have attempted to cope with the anxiety of loved ones fighting overseas. Read more.


Three Chairs

Three Chairs! is a very funny and skillfully written show especially suited to those with a love of precise timing. With its minimal requirements in terms of props, setting and lights, Three Chairs! is an ideal vehicle for touring, whilst its running time and cast size make it a most attractive Festival play. Read more.


Top Ten Tips to Woo Your Wife

Sean is desperate to reignite the romantic flame with his wife Janice. Unfortunately, the only romance Janice seems interested in after fifteen years of marriage is within the pages of the romance novels which she reads avidly. Read more.


We’re Here to Help

With many more plays to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing our samples packages and find that perfect show for your group. Please contact me for a chat or send us an email about what you really need – and we’ll try our hardest to find you the right script!

Review Us Online

If you have enjoyed the services of Maverick Musicals, we’d love to hear about it. Read what others have said about Maverick Musicals service and titles, or leave your own comment at www.maverickmusicals.com/reviews/.