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.

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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.
 


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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.
 

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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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More Plays from Maverick

Producing fun and funky Theatre Restaurant shows always seems to be a big hit, no matter where you are located. Easy to stage, these scripts are popular not just with audiences – but with actors and directors looking to get those big belly laughs flowing!  Music is of your own choosing and you can browse our full range here. All of our plays have sample scripts to download – making it easy to run ideas past your selection committee! Feel free to contact me for recommendations for your theatre group, meanwhile, happy browsing!

Gail Denver


If you’re looking for some sharply written one act plays, here are our top picks at the moment


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Do I?

It’s Charlie’s wedding day and everything is perfect; the guests have arrived, the tables are set and the bunting has been hung. There’s just one problem – she’s not sure she wants to go through with it. Read More

 

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Hot Spots

Here’s another fantastic festival play for four actors, 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

 

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Dotty’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

 

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Drifting

Each year, members of the Rossi/Sullivan family get together for the Christmas break. This year a new life (baby James) joins the family and a much loved member, Enid, slips further into Alzheimer’s. Read More

 

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Husband Murderers Support Group

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

 

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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

 


Three Plays with Style

When did you last perform a sparkling, glamorous show that lit up the stage with theatrical magic? We are pleased to offer three stylish new plays from playwright Jo Denver.  Each features real-life icons – strong, classy women who have bravely defied the restrictions of convention.  These scripts are perceptive, at times biting – and always entertaining.  Theatricality, witty dialogue and casts of great character mean they are audience pleasers for any community group’s season. Each is available as a sample script here.

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That Woman

“The new play about the make-up wars between industry giants Rubinstein and Arden is a wonderfully stylish night out. And not just for the girls. The comedy makes the history lesson a fun one. It boasts fabulous, fully drawn characters and a fascinating story of what it takes to make a single life a success. I wouldn’t have missed this one. And nor should you.”
(opening night at The Lind Theatre Qld, by reviewer, Xanthe Coward)

The Making of the Great Lover

In 1919, a pig farmer’s wife from a little English village released her novel, ‘The Sheik’. Edith Winstanley Hull’s novel shocked the world with its frank exploration of female sexuality. Made into a movie, the actor playing the title role, Rudolph Valentino, scorched across the screen and into the hearts of millions of females. Both novel and movie shot to the top of the best-seller list. This script entwines two stories – those of the middle class writer and the gauche young Italian actor. Read More

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More Than a Little Black Dress

Sex, style, and secrets. 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. She was revered and lionised, not only by the French but worldwide. From humble beginnings she became one of the richest and most influential designers of her time. The script explores the many sides of Chanel’s nature and calls to account her extreme views. An intriguing story about the woman who fascinated and shocked. A woman who really did do it her way. Read More

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We’re Here to Help

With many more plays to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing oursamples packages to find that perfect script for your theatre 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 play.

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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.

Festivals and Festivities!

One Act Play Festivals

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Still contemplating something different for the One Act Play Festivals? Or need a themed selection for an evening of plays for your community? You’ll find some gems in our Drama Groups Plays – from Australian writers who are masters in this genre. Mark LucasHugh O’BrienSimon DenverDebra Chalmers to name a few. Their one act plays are popular with audiences and adjudicators alike. Local drama group performances are renowned fun(d)-raisers!  

Looking ahead, as usual Christmas will be here faster than we ever believe – so why not take a look now at some great end of year possibilities?

Here also are some suggestions about good looking productions that will get everyone in the festive mood.

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Irish at Heart

Irish at Heart is set in Ireland; a whimsical, affectionate look at the ‘doings’ surrounding an Irish funeral.

An hilariously funny, full length play with moments of genuine tenderness, guaranteed to touch the most cynical play-goer.

Read more
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That Woman

The 1920s, the elite of New York?s beauty business ? a sure formula for style and glitz. However, beneath the veneer of glamour and manners, a feud was brewing. A feud which was to last for over forty years, with two champions competing for the title ?The Queen of Beauty?. The contenders could not have been more different; an eccentric and over-the-top Rubinstein, versus the sophisticated and ladylike (sometimes) Elizabeth Arden. Read more.

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Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots

A glam-rock tribute play, Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots affectionately recalls the glittering fun, flamboyant music and fashion of the 70?s through one teenage boy?s simultaneous ambitions to be a star (The Starman) and to woo local girl of his dreams, Lorraine Izoff.

The music of David Bowie, T-Rex, Suzi Quatro, Roxy Music, Slade, Mott the Hoople, The Sweet, Alice Cooper and Mud provides the upbeat nostalgic soundtrack. Featured on David Bowie?’s own website news page. Read More.

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The Making of the Great Lover

In 1918, little known author Edith Winstanley Hull, a pig breeder’s wife from a little English village, pens a sensational novel – The Sheik – that eventually will rocket a struggling actor on the other side of the world to international stardom. The equivalent to Fifty Shades of Grey for the era, it was a racy and sumptuous tale about female sexuality, and dared to be bold in a time when women still wore ankle-long tunics. Playwright Jo Denver rediscovers the author, and captures the time with a lavish sense of fun. Read more.

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The Potion

Set in the trendy flat of a young representative of the Bellringer Pharmaceutical Company, here is a fast moving farce that will entertain your audiences. Alan shares his flat with Greg and the action starts when he finds a concoction hidden away in the research lab that claims to be a love potion. Things get complicated when a young lady is invited over, the boss decides to move in for a while, the young lady’s mother arrives, a policewoman arrives and the landlord’s niece turns up! One set, easy to stage. Read more.

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Turn Around, Dick

If your group is looking for a crackerjack Christmas show then you just can’t go past this! This pacey panto is jam-packed with irresistable characters who meet up with Dick Whittington and his faithful cat,Cecil, on their way to the big city to find fame and fortune.

Guaranteed sheer entertainment at both child and adult level, the unbelievable can happen in a panto and this one upholds that tradition.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is probably Charles Dickens? most accessible novel and appeals to all audiences. This musical is faithful to the spirit and detail of the original story and retains all the charm and vitality.

The production has been staged by a professional company of 14 adults and 6 children, but the show has plenty of big street scenes and chorus numbers and should appeal to companies wishing to involve a much larger cast. Read more.

We’re Here to Help

With many more musicals to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing our samples packages and find that perfectshow for your school or 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 production!

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Bananas – a Luddite’s Perspective

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by Simon Denver

Being somewhat of a luddite, it was trepidation that I embarked upon my first “blog”. The word itself – had conjured up something that was either a bed fellow of gluttony or obesity… or at the very least, something very unsanitary. All fears were allayed when I discovered a blog was actually digital public diary.

So? The changing face of comedy. In my black and white pre-digital youth, everything was simple. A man slips on a banana skin and everyone would laugh. Eventually, after realising the only bruising was to his ego – the victim himself would laugh. But now…an event like this would galvanise the bureaucratic nightmare that protects us against ourselves.

At least three state, federal and local government committees would be set up. Each would conduct an in-depth enquiry. At least two independent enquiries would be set up. One by the Banana Grower’s Association and one by the Banana Retailer’s Association. The findings of both enquiries would then be redirected into seven feasibility studies, working under a joint steering committee. Its findings would eventually announce that society was ill-prepared for such and event, and measures should be implemented immediately to make sure this never happens again. These include:

1) Making it illegal to eat a banana within five metres of a pavement.

2) At the point of purchase for a banana, all buyers would have to also purchase a health and safety approved BDR (Banana Disposal Receptacle).

3) A policy of zero tolerance would be enforced for wayward or feral bananas (a sort of three slips and you’re out).

4) A new government department would find emergency shelter … and counselling – for any future discarded, disenfranchised, or at-risk banana skins.

5) Further enquiries should be set up to recognise banana skin hotspots with the community.

6) Clear and adequate signage warning of such dangers will be erected in all these hotspots.

7) The government would initiate an education campaign to make the populace aware of the problems caused by banana skins.

8) Counselling for the victim and the witnesses should be compulsory.

And as for the victims and the witnesses…

The victim, after endless counselling sessions, would sue everyone. He would then sue the witnesses for not rendering assistance, who in turn would sue the government for lack of counselling services. Both the witnesses and the victims would eventually sue the government for post traumatic shock syndrome.

But the bottom line here is – it’s still funny.

All humour depends on a victim. We laugh, usually, because it hasn’t happened to us. Humour is our safety valve, our touchstone – our yardstick. No matter how much society changes, or how much comedy styles change, our sense of humour will always be constant. It is with our humour we can tilt at windmills, face our fears, failings and foibles. It is with humour we forget we have a mortgage. It is with humour we try and make sense of our modern world. I hope I have caught this Zeitgeist for humour in some of my plays – especially the two one acters, That Scottish Play and Seven Deadly Sins.