Drama Scripts & Plays


Finding suitable drama scripts and plays for auditions and drama exams can be very difficult.
Take a look at this list of writers for a good selection of suitable material.

If you are looking for a solo piece or a duologue you may well find what you are looking for here:
Plays by John Godber, Neil Simon, Ellen Dryden, Charlotte Keaty, David Hare, Sarah Daniels, Roald Dalhl, Amy Rosenthal, Winsomme Pinnock, April de Angelis, Debbie Issit, Dario Fo, Shakespeare, Alan Bleasdale, Woody Allen, Kenneth Grahame, Christopher Hampton, Frank Baum, Shell Connections, Enda Walsh, Callie Khouri, Robert Mauro, Wendy McLeoud, Jane Martin, A Warburton, William Golding, Nigel Williams and Willy Russel.
All have material suitable for monologes and solo pieces.

Books

(Acting Advice, Audition Guides, Learning to Act, etc...) 

 Respect for Acting- Uta Hagen

"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen′s credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation of the means to the end." ––Publishers Weekly


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Impro - Keith Johnstone

A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. 


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 Improvisation for Theater - Viola Spolin

This work has inspired the work of countless actors, directors, and writers in theatre, television and film. Spolin's improvisational techniques have changed the very nature and practice of modern theatre. This third edition updates the more than 200 now-classic exercises and adds 30 new ones. It adds 30 traditional theatre games that are frequently used as warm-ups.

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Actions: The Actor's Thesaurus - Terry Johnson

A Thesaurus of Transitive Verb's to help you 'Action' your scripts.

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The Golden Rules of Acting - Andy Nyman

A treasure trove of advice, support and encouragement that no performer should be without. Honest, witty and direct, The Golden Rules of Acting is every actor's best friend in handy paperback form.

 

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear)

- West End Producer

He's the anonymous Twitter sensation whose hilarious and unfailingly accurate barbs satirising and celebrating the theatre industry have won him a devoted following.

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In-Depth Acting - Dee Cannon

An essential guide to tackling the Stanislavski technique by former Senior Acting teacher at RADA and current freelance acting coach, Dee Cannon. Filtering out the complexities of the system and offering up a dynamic, hands-on approach, it provides a comprehensive understanding of character, preparation, text, subtext and objectives.

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Sanford Meisner on Acting - Dennis Longwell

This book, written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, follows an acting class of eight men and eight women for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Throughout these pages Meisner is delight--always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges.

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A Screen Acting Workshop (with DVD) - Mel Churcher

A comprehensive training course in screen acting by an internationally renowned teacher and acting coach who has worked with actors of all backgrounds and experience - from drama school students at the start of their careers to Hollywood stars, including Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley. Mel Churcher has developed a series of five workshops which take actors step by step through the process of creating, developing and delivering assured performances on screen.

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The Methuen Book of Duologues for Young Actors - Anne Harvey

Selected by Anne Harvey, an experienced actress, director, writer and adjudicator, these scenes are suitable for performance at auditions, solo acting classes, festivals and examinations. Ranging from Renaissance to contemporary literature, the pieces are varied in content, tone and style and are equipped with an introduction setting the context.


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The Methuen Drama Book of Monologues for Young Actors - Anne Harvey

Selected by Anne Harvey, an experienced actress, director, writer and adjudicator, these dramatic monologues are suitable for performance at auditions, solo acting classes, festivals and examinations. Writers include: Alan Ayckbourn, Enid Bagnold, David Campton, William Congreve, Sarah Daniels, Charles Dickens, and more!!!

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Scripts

The Pillowman  by Martin McDonaghThe Pillowman - Martin McDonagh

A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town.

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  That Face by Polly StenhamThat Face - Polly Stenham

Award winning play written by Polly Stenham when she was 19.

Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha's. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother.

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Tusk Tusk by Polly StenhamTusk Tusk - Polly Stenham

Tusk Tusk is about a family of three children who have just moved into a new flat. Their dad is absent and their mentally unstable mother has gone awol. This play is very funny as well as incredibly touching. Ideal for duologues for young men and women. 

 

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 Playhouse Creatures by April de AngelisPlayhouse Creatures - April de Angelis

This play is about the first women actresses and is an all women cast. Ideal for A-level final peices, monologues and duologues for women. 

 

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  Jumpy by April de Angelis Jumpy - April de Angelis

A frank and funny family drama questioning parental anxieties and life after fifty, Jumpy by April De Angelis premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2011.

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.

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Electra - Sophocles

Locked into a bloody cycle of murder and reprisal, Electra, haunted by her father's assassination, is consumed by grief and a thirst for vengeance. When her brother Orestes at last returns, she urges him to a savage and terrifying conclusion.

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Girls Like That - Evan Placey

What would you do if a naked photograph of you went viral and you couldn't stop it, rumours went wild and everyone formed an opinion?

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 DVD's

Cilla

  Cilla was the most amazing three part ITV series that was shown recently.

If you didn't catch then grab this DVD now. It's brilliant.

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Broadchurch

  Broadchurch First series was ITV's big hit of 2013. This 8 part Drama scooped lots of awards and featured   the brilliant Olivia Coleman and of course David Tennant. This was beautifully shot and had some        amazing british talent in. Great acting.

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Breaking Bad

  The Breaking Bad series was just brilliant. Terrific acting and highly recommended as a must watch.

 

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 Robin Williams: Inside the Actors Studio

A fantastic interview with Robin Williams. This is a brilliant insight into the mind of the great actor and comedian.

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DRAMA ONLINE IS A BRILLIANT RESOURCE FOR ALL SCHOOLS AND DRAMA COLLEGES.
DRAMA ONLINE OFFERS A HUGE COLLECTION OF TEACHING NEEDS FOR THEATRE STUDIES, LITERATURE COURSES AND DRAMA SCHOOLS. FROM MONOLOGUES; ENSEMBLE TO ONE-PERSON PLAYS; COMEDY TO TRAGEDY INCLUDING MODERN TEXTS AND OF COURSE THE CLASSICS.

Drama scripts and plays for children and young Actors.
Do you need a drama piece to perform in class, or a group piece for your school?

For more suggestions please visit our Plays to Order Page. Or visit our Store: CLICK HERE

Arts On The Move

Plays for children are ideal for large casts, with differentiated reading levels and lively characters. They are simple to stage and easily expandable using songs or dance routines.

Price includes your Performing Rights Licence!
Call 0161 881 0868

ArtReach Children’s Theatre Plays

Plays for children, schools, elementary schools, middle schools, theatre and organizations. Quality children's plays, children's scripts, school plays, large cast plays for children, schools, teachers, students, theatres, youth groups and organizations...


 

Wireless Theatre Company Free Play downloads

We are an award winning independent radio drama company producing original audio drama, comedy, stories, poems, sketches and more to be downloaded from this website directly to your iPod or MP3 player. Nearly all of our plays are completely free, and there is a huge mix of stuff to suit all tastes. 


 

Artdramascripts.com - scripts for children, youth and young adults, comedy, drama, funny short play scripts, school plays, Christmas scripts, Easter plays, monologues for kids

New find for poems, sketches and monologues.

Monologue link.

Monologue archive

SCRIPTED PIECES:

solo acted scenes

Click on the text to order from Amazon direct or go to our 'Plays To Order Page' where I have recommended a whole host of books.

Check out our 'PLAYS TO ORDER' page on the left hand side navigation.

COLIN'S MOVIE MONOLOGUE PAGE.

A great web site: short monologues for auditions.

MOVIE MONOLOGUE

LOOKING FOR FILM/TELEVISION SCRIPTS?

TWIZ TV

LOOKING FOR A WOMANS MONOLOGUE?

COMIC MONOLOGUES FOR MEN AND WOMAN

SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUES MALE AND FEMALE

http://www.shakespeare-monologues.org/

DOOLLEE.COM 

(GUIDE TO MODERN PLAYWRIGHTS AND THEATRE PLAYS)

SAMUEL FRENCH  

   (THE THEATRE BOOK SHOP)

METHUEN BOOKS

   (EXCELLENT SOURCE FOR DUOLOGUES AND SOLOS)

INTERNET THEATRE BOOK SHOP

LUCKY BUCKET PRODUCTIONS provide youth theatre groups with original musicals for performance.  Their catalogue caters for a variety of needs including large casts of mixed age and ability, all girl groups and very young performers.  Written BY performers and directors FOR performers and directors, the scripts are flexible and easy to stage, characters are fun to play and everyone gets a chance to shine.  So if you like the sound of a jazzy detective story or a moving physical theatre piece, a sci-fi rock musical or a comedy about Nuns engaging in illegal pursuits then LUCKY BUCKET PRODUCTIONS could be just what you are looking for.  Visit www.luckybucket.co.uk to view the titles on offer and learn more about the excellent service this company provide at VERY competeitive prices.

www.luckybucket.co.uk

It is always very difficult for students and teachers to find new and exciting pieces suitable for exams,  drama festivals or auditioning for full time time drama schools. Below are some plays that offer excellent possibilities. You can read a synopsis of the play of your choice on one of the above sites. If you need more information please email hello@dramaclasses.biz and we will be pleased to help.

Drama Studio Lessons and Plays

The Drama Studio  -  Lesson Plans - Creative and Curriculum related - Children's Scripts and Plays -  Many to download instantly or to be sent by e-mail - Free e-mail follow-up help and advice - Secure online payment.

GIRLS: 10 AND UNDER SOLO:

ORANGEBLOSSOM GIRL By Joan Macalpine

Lamda Acting Anthology: Vol I

MUSICAL STATUES...(Contact dramaclasses.biz)

THE WITCHES By Roald Dahl

The "Witches": Plays for Children

GIRLS 14 AND UNDER SOLO:

ECLIPSE By Simon Armitage...Midnight

THE WITCHES By Roald Dahl

THE SECRET GARDEN By Frances Hodgson Burnett...Martha

The Secret Garden: A Musical Play Based Upon the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

GIRLS  SOLO:

AMY'S VIEW By David Hare. 

Amy's View

HENNA NIGHTS By Amy Rosenthal

(A GREAT ONE ACT PLAY FOR DUO' OR SOLO)

Henna Night (French's Acting Editions)

THE GUT GIRLS By Sarah Daniels

Gut Girls

MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD By Charlotte Keatly

My Mother Said I Never Should (Modern Plays) 

BOLD GIRLS By Rona Monro

Bold Girls

THE POSTITIVE HOUR By April de Angelis

The Positive Hour (Faber plays)

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET By Winsome Pinnock (Shell Connections 99)

THE WOMAN WHO COOKED HER HUSBAND By Debbie Isitt

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

CAN'T PAY WON'T PAY By Dario Fo

Can't Pay? Won't Pay! (Methuen Modern Plays)

SHAKESPEARE:

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE. 

Tales from Shakespeare (Penguin Popular Classics)

A REAL MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE WHO DOES NOT KNOW THE SHAKESPEARE PLAYS, QUICK READING THAT WILL OUTLINE THE STORY IN JUST A FEW PAGES.

Tales from Shakespeare (Wordsworth Children's Classics)

Need more information on Shakespeare's plays try:

MR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ABSOLUTE SHAKESPERE

SHAKESPERE ON LINE

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/

William Shakespeare

Life Facts and Timeline

http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-facts.htm

KING LEAR :Goneril ACT 1 Sc 3

King Lear (Penguin Popular Classics)

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA: CRESSIDA: act 3 sC 2

Troilus and Cressida (Arden Shakespeare: Third)

MIDSUMMERS NIGHT DREAM: Titania  ACT 3 Sc 1.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Penguin Popular Classics)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: Katherina ACT 3 Sc 2.

The "Taming of the Shrew" (York Notes Advanced)

CYMBERLINE: Imogen ACT 3 Sc 6

The Oxford Shakespeare: Cymbeline (Oxford World's Classics)

HAMLET: Ophelia ACT 2 Sc 1

Hamlet (Penguin Popular Classics)

ROMEO AND JULIET ACT 3 sC 2

Romeo and Juliet (Penguin Popular Classics)

JULIA CAESAR : Portia ACT 2 Sc 1.

DUOLOGUES FEMALE:

THE GOLDEN DOOR By Robert Mauro.

SHALLOW END By Wendy Mcleoud (COMEDY)

CRIMINAL HEARTS By Jane Martin

TOP GIRLS By Caryl Churchill

DISTRACTED GLOBE By A Warburton (COMEDY)

Distracted Globe (Acting Edition)

THELMA AND LOUISE By Callie Khouri

BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS By John Godber

CAN'T PAY WON'T PAY By Dario Fo (COMEDY)

THE POSITIVE HOUR By April de Angelis  

BOYS 14 PLUS DUOLOGUE:

GOD By Woody Allen

BLOOD BROTHERS By Willy Russel

BROADWAY BOUND By Neil Simon

DISTRACTED GLOBE By A. Warburton

CHATROOMS By Edna Walsh (Shell Connections 2005)

DAUGHTERS OF VENICE By Don Taylor

LORD OF THE FLIES By  William Golding

GODS FAVOURITE By Neil Simon

LOST IN YONKERS By Neil Simon

BOYS 14 PLUS SOLO:

FOUR CORNERS (Jimmy)  By Gina Wendos and Donna Bond.

CLASS ENEMY ( Iron) By Nigel Williams

CHATROOMS By Edna Walsh (Shell Connections 2005)

ELTON JOHN'S GLASSES By  David Farr

KING JOHN By William Shakespere  (ACT 4 SCENE 1.)

MALE & FEMALE DUOLOGUES:

HAVING A BALL By Alan Bleasdale

BILOXI BLUES By Neil Simon

DADDY'S GONE A HUNTING By H Connolly

APRIL IN PARIS By John Godber

GOD By Woody Allen

FEMALE DUOLOGUE GIRLS 10 TO 13 YEARS:

WIND IN THE WILLOWS By Kenneth Grahame

INVISABLE FRIENDS By Alan Ayckbourn

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND By Mary Hayley Bell

CONVERSATIONS WITH A GOLLIWOG By Alexander Guyan

LIZZIE DRIPPING By Helen Cresswell

DUOLOGUE 10 AND UNDER:

ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDER GROUND By Christopher Hampton

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH By Roald Dahl

THE WIZARD OF OZ By Frank Baum

WIND IN THE WILLOWS By Kenneth Grahame

GROUP PIECES:

UR DAY OUT By Willy Russel

SHAKERS By John Godber (4 girls.)

Can You Keep a Secret By Winsome ( A mixed piece suitable for 9)SHELL CONNECTIONS.

HAPPY FAMILIES By John Godber (3 female, 2 male.)

ANIMAL FARM By George Orwell.

ALL ENQUIRIES TO HELLO@DRAMACLASSES.BIZ

AGE 6 PLUS:

THE COURT ROOM 

(ADAPTATION FROM TOAD (UP TO 20)

THE WILD WOODERS

(ADAPTATION FROM TOAD (UP TO 23 MIXED)

Ten minute pieces perfect for drama festivals or showcases.

Individually £25 purchase all 3 and receive 25% off.

Call 01923 772320

HUMPTY is Available for unlimited Performances at £25.00.

(A SAD STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HUMPTY FALLS TO FAR...MIXED CAST UP TO 20)

AGE 12 PLUS:

ART ATTACK is Available for unlimited Performances at £25.00

(A COMEDY FOR UP TO 20 MIXED CAST. TELLS THE STORY OF A GROUP OF SCHOOL CHILDREN REHEARSING FOR JOSEPH, WHEN THE TEACHER DIES OF HEART ATTACK.)

WAITING FOR HODDLE is Available for unlimited Performances at £25.00

(A COMEDY FOR A MIXED CAST UP TO 12 TELLS THE STORY OF TWO 5 ASIDE FOOTBALL TEAMS AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BOYS DISCOVER THE OTHER TEAM ARE BOYS!)  

FULL LENGTH SCRIPTS:

DREAMCATCHER By David Bevan

Dreamcatcher tells the story of Sam a little girl, whose father has bought her a Dreamcatcher to hang above her bed to catch all of her bad dreams. One night the dreamcatcher takes her on a magical journey in search of her lost bear. During the night she is taught the value of friendship, how to see things from different view points and that nightmares are nothing to be afraid of. The shows offers lots of musical numbers and can be either 70 minutes or 2 hours in length.

For information on performance rights, call David on 01727 759634 or e-mail bestarts@aol.com.

THE FOLLOWING TWO SCRIPTS ARE ALL TWO HOURS IN LENGTH ARE WRITTEN BY RICHARD AND LYNN BEAUMONT AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION. MANY SCHOOLS HAVE USED THEIR SCRIPTS IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND. PRICES CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 01923 772320

ALL ENQUIRIES TO hello@dramaclasses.biz

TOAD...warts 'n' all

This is the story of Toad and what happens when he decides to sell the Wild Wood to Disney to make a new theme park.

The show offers lots of musical numbers and is a  comedy.

WIZ'ED

This is a spoof on the Wizard of Oz and tells the story of a stroppy teenager who is on a mission to 'Find herself' During her journey she meets a boy with a terrible spot problem, a comedian with no sense of humour and a chap who is is verging on insanity.

This is a two hour show with a cast of 100! 

PLAYS IN THE ROUND:

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT WHY NOT CONTACT RAY GREGORY.  

Rays' plays, it seems, are unusual for reasons such as:            

a) they are in verse, but rely a great deal of movement and energy in performance;            

b) they are all written for the round, and are not suitable for any other kind of staging;            

c) they are all for playing on simple, often bare acting areas;            

d) they require no special effects, or anything but ordinary room lighting.  

In short, they cost almost nothing to put on, but do require acting groups, interested in working in the round, and adventurous and keen to get away from the standard accoutrements of theatre, and so create a much closer and more enlivening actor-audience relationship.     For such groups, these plays offer ideal material.

For a catalogue of Rays plays please e-mail him at greg@rggregory.com

or visit his web site: www.rggregory.com

LAZY BEE SCRIPTS

SCRIPTS FOR ALL AGES,

A GROUPS

www.lazybeescripts.co.uk  

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST PLAYS PLEASE EMAIL DRAMACLASSES WITH THE DETAILS

Musicals for Schools

KEEP CHECKING BACK TO THIS PAGE AS PIECES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADDED...WATCH THIS PAGE!  

DOOLLEE.COM (A GUIDE TO MODERN PLAYWRIGHTS AND THEATRE PLAYS) This is an excellent site and well worth taking a look.

Now visit our drama schools offering short courses in Film and Television.

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