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Never Tell Them
AuthorLEE, STUART - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author
SynopsisWinner of the Oxford Writers/Oxford Playhouse New Writing Competition 2008. Described by Gareth Machin, National Theatre, as 'impressive', 'deft', with 'great theatrical moment'(s), displaying 'an essential humanity'; 'Gripping' DailyInfo; 'You can hardly get a better evening's entertainment' Oxford Prospect. The play is in two scenes, both set in 1920. In scene 1 we meet Celia Jones who has invited a spiritualist to her home (Professor Brailey). Brailey is a conman who agrees to perform a seance believing Celia to be a war widow. He is surprised at the end of the scene when her husband, Captain Jones, enters. Scene 2 is a week later and Brailey performs the seance to Celia and a very sceptical Captain. The con-tricks of the spiritualist are revealed but the experience releases all the anger and fear of the soldier. The play touches on war guilt, the home front, and the afterlife. Production history: Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford, 2008; OxFringe Festival, Oxford, 2010.
InformationSuitable for Under-16s to see
Cast1F, 2 or 3M (character of Jenkyns can be recorded) (minimum 3)
Brailey (25-60), Celia (25+), Jones (25+), Jenkyns (35+)
ProductionOne set, living room of house.
StatusAvailable for performance
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Amateur PerformanceUp to 600 seats. EEC Countries.£10.00 per performance
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My theatrical writing career includes: 'Quiz Night at the Britannia' (Deck Theatre: OxFRINGE 2011; Oxford Copa Bar, 2012); 'Dev's Army' (Winner Galway Theatre Festival New Writing, 2010; winner 'Forever Manchester Award' 2011; Winner 'Buxton New Writing Award 2011'; Elysion Productions - Manchester, Buxton Fringe, Preston Fringe 2011; London, Liverpool, Oxford - 2012) ['Dev's Army' is available as a Kindle Ebook -; 'The Ghosts May Laugh' (produced December 2003 Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford; August 2004 Greyfriars Kirkhouse, Edinburgh); 'The Attic' winner of the 2007 Oxford Writers/Oxford Playhouse New Writing Competition (produced September 2007 Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford); 'Never Tell Them' winner of the 2008 Oxford Writers/Oxford Playhouse New Writing Competition 2008 (produced September 2008 Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford; Oxford Fringe Festival, 24-27th March 2010). I have had three short plays on at the Oxford Playhouse Playbites competitions - 'Leafmould', 'The Intricate Workings of a Sherbet Lemon', and 'An Academic's Progress'). The first was also produced by Semper Theatre Company as part of their 'Wonder' competition (Birmingham, 2010) and 'Sherbet Lemon' was produced as part of the Off-Cut Festival, Red Lion Theatre, London (2009), the Pint Sized Plays Festival (Wales, 2013), Telstar Productions (Cardiff, 2013); part of the Skylight Festival (London, 2013); and to appear at the Joseph Stone Ctr, Sheffield, by Embers Theatre Company 16/17/10/2015. I have also one unproduced play 'Aynho Turn'.

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