PLAYS FOR HIRE

ALISONNEIL.CO.UK One-Woman Shows

Plays for Hire

Highly entertaining one-act and full-length plays with sizzling dialogue by award-winning writer Alison Neil. Available for performance by amateur or professional groups.

 


WHERE THERE’S A WILL

 

Winner: BEST PLAY BY A WELSH-BASED WRITER 2008

Drama Association of Wales

 

Cast of three: 

middle-aged woman

middle-aged man

elderly woman

 

A light thriller (or a dark comedy) of mistaken identities and bravura Shakespearean acting.

 

An elderly woman and her slightly simple daughter outwit a fraudster using magic and technology.  The play offers an opportunity for an older actress to perform scenes from Romeo and Juliet - as Juliet!

 

Length: 45 minutes

 

RING OF ROSES

 

 

Cast of five:

3 middle-aged women

2 elderly women

 

A light-hearted play of deception, twists, and estate agents.

 

Five women, one empty house, five secrets. Each secret discovered by a different woman, who cannot reveal it without her own secret becoming known…..

 

Great parts of equal size for five actresses

 

Length: 45 minutes

ARMED AND DANGEROUS

 

A Ghost Story

 

Short Play for one woman of any age.

 

A “Tale of the Unexpected”, with a splendid visual surprise at the end.

 

A woman sits in a hospital waiting room, awaiting a check-up. She explains

how she lost her arm in a car crash a year before, and  how  the subsequent

“phantom limb syndrome” led to some strange and ghoulish results…   

Delightfully unnerving!

 

An opportunity for a bravura one-person performance. 

 

Can be used as part of a Christmas compilation show.

 

Length: 12 minutes

LAST POST

 

Cast of three:

Middle-aged woman

Middle-aged man

Elderly woman

 

A touching and absorbing story.

 

Set after the Second World War, a couple grieve for their lost son. When they unexpectedly receive his last letter, their lives are turned upside-down.  During one evening, they learn some truths about themselves and each other, and must make a life-changing decision. 

 

Three parts of equal size, with a bravura story-telling section for the older actress.

 

Length: 45 minutes

THE  CHRISTMAS  ELF

 

Cast of three:

1 'grandfather'

1 young girl

1 male 'elf'

 

An enchanting and funny Christmas play for young children, with magic

and songs.

 

Something strange is living in the woodshed...it's a Helf!  He brings magic and

mayhem into the lives of a girl and her grandfather, but can they work out how

to help the Helf to get home?

 

Length: 40 minutes

BELLA – THE STORY OF MRS BEETON

 

 

Cast:  one young woman

 

TWO VERSIONS:

      

Full-length play with two acts

One-hour version

 

Alison Neil’s highly acclaimed play was performed professionally in hundreds

of venues up and down the country between 1988 and 2002.

 

The entertaining and moving story of an extraordinary Victorian woman. 

Isabella Beeton tells of her life – as the eldest of 21 children living in the Grand Stand on the Epsom Racecourse, the touching story of her meeting and marriage to Sam Beeton, and their professional partnership which culminated in the world famous “Beeton’s Book of Household Management”.

 

  

"Highly entertaining, from start to finish, and fascinating in its content.”

OXFORD TIMES

 

"This attractive and spontaneous show... keeps interest bubbling continually" 

SPEECH AND DRAMA MAGAZINE

 

"The linguistic power of Alison Neil's script "

 HALSTEAD GAZETTE

THE  SIXTH WIFE

 

 

Cast:  one young woman

 

TWO VERSIONS:

      

Two acts, with one interval

One-hour version

 

Katherine Parr witnessed it all - the dazzling reign of Henry VIII; the lust and

the laugher, double-dealing and deaths...and the coming and going of all

those wives. In this witty and fast-moving play, Katherine tells her story; her

many marriages, brushes with death for treason, time as Queen Regent of

England, and how she finally fell in love.  And lived to tell the tale...

 

 

A mesmerising one-woman play, performed in numerous venues up and down the country.

"an entertaining and at times funny commentary on the life of one or our most

notorious monarchs" 

STROUD NEWS

 

"a rivetting tale" 

OXFORD TIMES

 

"great show...a delightful entertainment" 

OXFORD MAIL

 

"Neil's play superbly delves into the history and politics of the time"   

BORDON HERALD

TRULY YOURS, C.B.

 

 

Cast:  one young woman

 

TWO VERSIONS:

Two acts with one interval

One-hour version, no interval

 

Determined, brilliant and romantic, Charlotte tells her story of passion

and duty, triumph and tragedy, and above all - love.

 

Devoted to her strange and unworldly family, Charlotte Brontë was also

wildly ambitious. The joy of literary success was tempered by the scandalous

fall of her brother Branwell, and a succession of family disasters. Charlotte's

own life, however, had an extraordinary, happy twist at the end.

 

The Brontë family's story has captivated the imagination for a century and a half. Alison Neil's engrossing play - using many of Charlotte's own words - provides an exceptional theatrical treat.

 

  

“This enthralling and moving play” 

HUNGERFORD & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ARTS

 

" a spellbinding and hugely enjoyable insight into one of our best-loved novelists." 

DETOUR

 

 "Both informative and entertaining in full measure - many of us remember little bits about the Bronte story, and the books read so long ago, so it was wonderful to have all of these memories brought to life, and perfectly staged.."

 

AUDIENCE EMAIL:  THEATR FFWRNES, LLANELLI

 

"Truly Yours took us to the heart of Charlotte Brontë… excellent entertainment" 

SURREY ADVERTISER

 

 “Another of Alison Neil’s brilliant series of one-woman shows”

 LETCHWORTH ARTS CENTRE

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