MURDER MYSTERY - THE LOBSTER TRAP:
After attending a set of workshops with the Eastern Shore Players earlier in the year, this Group performed The Lobster Trap as a dinner theatre production at Memory Lane on October 19, 21st & 22nd to a sold out audience all three nights.
Written by Sue*, this new comedy is set on the Eastern Shore in the 1940s where there are few complaints from the workers at a local lobster canning factory, but murder is afoot after a big announcement that a new business partner has changes and job losses in mind.
*The play was created with assistance from Pamela Halstead, a locally renowned director, dramaturg, actor and certified teacher, as well as the newly appointed Artistic Director of PARC. [The workshops were partly funded by NS Communities, Culture & Heritage.]
Many photos of the play can be found on easternshoreplayers.ca.
For information about Memory Lane Heritage go to: heritagevillage.ca.
ALSO IN 2017:
THE THREE SCARECROWS, a 10 minute comedy, was performed by the Eastern Shore Players on Friday, July 7 at Memory Lane Heritage Village, Clam Harbour, as part of an evening of songs, readings, recitals and magic, modeled on the 1940s musical revues of that time. Further information about the Memory Lane Heritage Village can be found at heritagevillage.ca.
SALTY & SWEET: A new 10 minute comedy, was performed as part of the King's Shorts Festival of Ten-Minute Plays, in June at the King's Theatre, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Further information about the Kings Theatre can be found at kingstheatre.ca or telephone 902-532-7704.
A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER, a new play culminating from an intensive workshop with the Eastern Shore Players earlier in the year, was performed as a promenade 'walkabout' theatre production at Memory Lane Heritage Village on 29th September and 1st & 2nd October.
This comedy was based on a fictional visit to the Village by Helen Creighton, the renowned folkorist who collected and published traditional music and lore of Maritime Canada: When Helen and her dear friend, Doreen Senior, are lured to the village with the promise of new ghostly tales and songs, they arrive eager to take notes. But after the villagers' pitiful attempts at impressing them, it comes to light that the stories were all taken from one of Helen's previous books.
[With thanks to Jeremy Webb (Artistic Producer Eastern Front Theatre) who ran the workshops and to The Helen Creighton Folklore Society (helencreighton.org), as well as NS Communities, Culture and Heritage for partly funding those workshops.]
OTHER 2016 NEWS:
Sue's short comedy Hot Flush! was performed as part of the the King's Shorts Festival of 10 minute Plays. The venue was the Kings Theatre, Annapolis Royal. This popular Festival showcases eight new 10 minute plays every year over 3 consecutive days. This year's dates were 17th to 19th June. For more information about this annual event, please go to their website, kingstheatre.ca.
2015: This was a great year as A Groom's Folly was a resounding success. This comedy was produced as 'walkabout' theatre at Memory Lane Heritage Centre, Lake Charlotte, NS, on July 9th, 10th and 11th. Performed by the popular Eastern Shore Players, this play was the result of a set of workshops run Wanda Graham the year before.*
Set in the 1940s and staged at 5 different locations around the Village, this comedy listened in on the Buttle family as Lilly prepared for her wedding day. But all was not well. If her tyrannical Father had his way, there would be no wedding, as he schemed to prevent the Groom from getting to the Church. The play ended with an audience interactive grand finale of pie and music.
*Wanda Graham is the Artistic Director of Heat Theatre and these workshops were partly funded by a grant from NS Communities, Culture & Heritage.
More 2015 news, A Twisted Tale [Murder on the 13th], is one of 5 plays to be chosen for the Mystery on the Menu Fenstival, July 13th 2015, Hollywood, FL.
LIST OF PLAYS:
Most of these plays are suitable for both small and large venues, with the majority of settings being simple. If you are interested in reading any of these, please contact me through this website and I will e-mail a copy to you.
A HELPING HAND - 20 minute light comedy (9 actors). [Written for and performed by the Eastern Shore Players July 2014] Outline: Set on the Eastern Shore in the late 1940s, this short story is about Dorothy, a young 14 year old girl. When she is taken out of school to care for a family whose 40 year old Mother can't cope with the family she already has, let alone a new baby that's on the way, Dorothy is happy to help. She didn't like school anyway. She only has one problem, remembering everything that needs to be done.
A SNAPSHOT OF HOME – 10 minute comedy set during WWII (9 actors) [written for and performed by the Eastern Shore Players 2013] Outline: It's 1942 and Gerald is in a bad mood. All the men are away fighting except him. They said he's too old. To make matters worse, he's surrounded by women doing men's work. [Could be suitable as a school production. A full synopsis can be found with PHOTOS.]
A TWISTED TALE
10 minute courtroom drama/light comedy (5 essential actors) [performed at the King's Shorts (winner of the People's Choice Award 2011) and performed by the Eastern Shore Players 2012] Outline: In what appears to be a straightforward courtroom trial, Mrs Jones is accused of murdering Mr Jones. But all is not as it seems. [Also chosen for the Mystery on the Menu Fenstival, July 13th 2015 with the additional title 'Murder on the 13th'.]
ADDICTION – 11 minute drama/light comedy (three young actors + one young/middle-aged woman). Outline: This short play is about two young drug dealers and a desperate buyer.
Without making too light of the subjects of bullying and addiction, this drama is played out as a light comedy, but the underlying story and aim of the play is to highlight the possible devastating life of an addict and how that can impact their loved ones.
MODEL T – 12 minute comedy set in a bar (4 actors) Outline: Long lost mates, Malcolm and Craig, bump into each other in a bar one afternoon. Craig thinks Malcolm has it all, a model girlfriend and plenty of money to buy an antique Model T car. But all is not what it seems with comedic results.
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES FOR VICTORY – 12 minute light comedy set during WWII (12 actors) [written for and performed by the Eastern Shore Players 2013] Outline: Set in a munitions factory, the ladies are having a coffee break in the back room. The year is 1942 and World War 2 is in full swing. The ladies fantasise about doing more glamorous work; joining the Army, the Airforce or the Wrens, but deep down, they know they are needed in the factory. [Could be suitable as a school production. A full synopsis can be found with PHOTOS.]
THE ASHES – 10 minute comedy (4 actors) [performed at the King's Shorts and by the Eastern Shore Players 2012] Outline: A lighthearted look at what can sometimes be a serious subject, this play is about a Mother who keeps her Husband's ashes in an urn on the coffee table. But her three grown up children don't approve. They want her to part with them.
THE THREE SCARECROWS/FUN ON THE FARM 10 minute comedy (4 actors) [performed at the King's Shorts and at the North Park Playwright Festival, San Diego 2013. Outline: Scarecrows, Frank and John, fight over Melda, a new scarecrow to the farm. But they aren't the only ones interested in her affections, as Farmer Noggins has his eye on her as well. [Also suitable for children.]
HEAVENS ABOVE - 10 minute comedy (2 actors). [Performed as part of the King's Shorts festival, June 2014] Outline: When a man arrives at the gates of heaven, he accuses St Peter of being out of touch with the modern world. He suggests St Peter go down to earth for a visit, but he isn't keen on the idea. Besides, who will do his job while he's away?
GLAMOROUS GRANDMA AND GRANDCHILD COMPETITION - 10 minute comedy (3 actors). Outline: When Marg registers for the local Glamorous Grandma and Grandchild Competition, Nancy, the star-struck organiser, mistakes the baby's name and believes she is the daughter of a famous young singer.
DON'T THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – 10 minute comedy (2 actors) [Suitable for young adults] Outline: Combat Corey and Nurse Nathan find themselves thrown together. Combat Corey thinks he's brave compared to being a nurse like Nathan. But it's Nurse Nathan that stays calm in the pending crisis.
THE CHEAT - 7 minute comedy (2 actors of similar age, 1 male & 1 female). Outline: This is a fast, snappy comedy about infidelity, with a fun twist at the end. [Not suitable for children.]
NED – 30 minute comedy set in 1948 (14 actors) [written for, workshoped by and performed by the Eastern Shore Players] Outline: Set in a local store in the year 1948, this comedy is about a mysterious parcel that arrives at the post office for the local hermit.
- FREE A MAN FOR SERVICE AT SEA – 35 minute light comedy set in a Wren's recruiting office during WWII (15 actors) [written for and performed by the Eastern Shore Players 2013] Outline: Officer Leonard is a recruitment officer and a stickler for the rules, but welcomes a dithering Officer Clark as her assistant. [Could be suitable as a school production. A full synopsis can be found with PHOTOS.]
THE OLD RADIO SHOW – DOWN ON THE FARM - 60 minute comedy performed in the style of a live old radio play (12 actors) Outline: Set in the late 1940s/early 1950s, this radio play is about a family gathering together for a birthday party. But the sisters clash and nothing goes to plan. [A huge part of this radio play is the visual spectacle of the sound effects people handling their props. No electronics are required as coconut shell halves create the sound of horses hooves and the simple farm animal noises can be made by the props people themselves, adding to the comedy.]
THE CRYSTAL BALL – 90 minute comedy set in a Fortune Teller's tent at a fair (10 actors) [Shortlisted for the WFNS Playwriting Competition 2012] Outline: This play is about a young woman looking for love in the wrong place. Put in charge of the Fortune Telling tent for the day, Sandra demonstrates a natural talent for solving other people's problems, but not her own. When her friend, Tina, gives her a self- help book for her birthday, Sandra is inclined to dismiss it as rubbish, but curiosity gets the better of her and she decides to follow it's advice in pursuit of the man she believes will make her happy.
ALL A TWITTER - 90 minute comedy about racism and prejudice. (21 actors). Outline: Shelby is a Bluejay and is looking forward to getting married the following day. But when Pa Alan withdraws his consent for his young daughter to marry a Crow just because he is not one of them, Ma Judy steps in to change his mind, even if it means revealing that her own Pa thought he was unworthy of her hand because of his poor upbringing. The play has a host of colourful characters with friends and family gathering for the wedding, including an Aunt who is constantly hungry, a flamboyant French Grandma admired by all and Old Snipe who lives up to his name by constantly criticising what he considers to be lax modern attitudes.
SHIPWRECKED - 20 minute comedy/drama set on an island in a harbour somewhere in Nova Scotia (3 actors) Outline: Nancy, Frank and Melvyn find themselves stranded when their dingy springs a leak. Nancy is livid. Stuck for the night, they light a fire and play a game of truth. [Not suitable for children.)
THE JEDDORE PIRATE - 30 minute light comedy/drama written for a young audience. There are three cast members, an old pirate, a store owner and a young boy. The story is about an old pirate who comes to life in the store. He needs the boy's help, or he will never rest peacefully in his grave.
THE MAGIC OF THE JEDDORE PIRATE - 60 minute light comedy/drama written for a young audience. This is a longer version of my one Act play, The Jeddore Pirate. In this more adventurous two Act, young Tom has to go to sea in his wooden dinghy in order to save the old pirate.
BOOK: THE LAND OF CHILDREN / STORKSAPIEN - one of four titles shortlisted for the 35th Atlantic Writing Competition 2012, Young Adult Novel category.
This story is about the Storksapien, who are extraordinary shape-shifting creatures that are both human and stork. Based on the myth that storks deliver babies, the Storksapien destiny is to deliver the spirit of life to all babies around the world. But they have a problem. A very big problem, as their arch enemy, Geesesapien, have kidnapped their children to be slaves, preventing them from fulfilling their destiny and putting all new babies at risk. Failing to rescue their children, Tekkar, the Storksapien King, looks for outside help.
Twins, Emma and Steven, are just two ordinary young teenagers whose Mother is about to have a baby and they are amazed when Tekkar traps them and begs for their help. In the Land of Children, they accompany Tekkar through the trecherous Garden of Guilt to the top of Turtle Head Mountain, from where they can spy on the Geeseapien below. But when an ambush splits them up and Steven and Tekkar are thrown into prison, Emma has to find her way back to the colony alone.
Tekkar regrets getting the twins involved, but when Emma and Steven begin sending messages to each other in their old childhood code, they come up with a plan to free the children. But, even if the plan works, will it work in time to save their new baby brother?