Plays for Performance 

Plays written by David Weedall, a playwright largely known for writing comedy with a hint of the absurd, are listed here. If you are interested in performing any of these scripts, please use the 'Contact Us Page' to get in touch. We aim to make these scripts available for performance, subject to the usual terms and conditions.

 

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A Dirty Get-Away!

 

Synopsis: An absurd comedy featuring snow, wind, snakes and ladders, pyjamas, bathing costumes, balaclavas, raincoats, and thirty million quid to fight over! Stranded by severe snowstorms, three identically dressed strangers disturb the rural calm of a young woman living in a remote Sussex cottage. Who are these weird visitors? What exactly are they looking for? As news reports reveal more about their identities, this absurd comedy untangles a web of confusion whilst creating even more!

 

1st Produced: Bird Studios,  Brighton, UK    17 May 2016

 

Genre: An Absurd Comedy 

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3   

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2095: A Mind Odyssey

 

Synopsis: Welcome to a future world where the internet is now 'within you' and you're forced to be continually online. A comedic yet disturbing satire where Nanocomputers dominate the world! Here is a humorous, yet chilling, satire providing a glimpse into the 'end of the century' future where Bio-NanoTechnology has become so small it is inserted at birth within your DNA and the need for crude hand-held devices is at an end. No longer is there a need for 'voting in' a government as the world is now controlled by a 'Nano-Computer Mainframe' known as 'The Ruling Authority.' Is it the case that 'IBNAT' can be deposed as it seeks complete mind control or is resistance merely pointless? 

 

1st Produced: Werks Central Studios, Brighton, UK    13 May 2015

 

Genre: A Futuristic Satire

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3   

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About A Heist

 

Synopsis: When two girls advertise to rent a room in their London flat, neither of them can expect to be involved and implicated in a gem heist. When one Australian girl knocks on their door, the two girls immediately mistake her as a prospective flat-mate, not realising that they are allowing into their midst someone with entirely other intentions. In fact, it transpires she is an employee at a gem warehouse in Hatton Garden and is being followed by two Irish gem thieves who enter the flat and overpower the girls. Yet, the Australian girl steals their gun and all three girls lock the men in the cellar and the two girls are then persuaded into implementing the same heist being planned by the men. The heist takes place but at the last moment their Australian 'friend' disappears along with the loot and the two escaped Irish thieves, leaving the two girls to face the police and persuade them of their innocence. A fast paced story with many a twist!

 

1st Produced: Upstairs at The Lectern, Brighton, UK    14 May 2014

 

Genre: A Dark Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3   

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In Your Dreams!

 

Synopsis: A dark comedy concerning the psyche of one young girl who determines to change her life to the one she has always dreamed of, by freeing herself from her self-absorbed boyfriend and subduing her dominating boss. However she soon discovers that changing your life so radically can be far more stressful than she first imagined. This stress is made yet worse as she begins to struggle to distinguish lucid dreams from reality. Despite the best efforts of a friendly American workmate, who is into all things relating to self - improvement, it is all to no avail, as dreams and reality continue to merge. Characters take on bewildering significance as their roles warp and transform. Unexpected outcomes can only be foretold, in this dark and mysterious comedy!

 

1st Produced: Upstairs at the Lectern, Brighton, UK    15 May 2013

 

Genre: Dark, Mystery Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3    

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All Fingers and Thumbs

 

Synopsis: The daughter of a ruthless employer is abducted and then held hostage, by embittered former staff, demanding a multi-million-pound ransom. With no experience or plan of how things might develop, the abduction is carried out with unexpected consequences. In fact, the oddball daughter so despises her materialistic father that she persuades the abductees to up the ransom to a cool £4million whilst taking control of the naive abductors and the whole situation! The daughter then implements plans of her own which include fleeing the country with the £4 million kept to herself, in this dark and unpredictable comedy.

 

1st Produced: Upstairs at The Lectern, Brighton, UK    17 May 2012

 

Genre: A Dark Comedy Drama

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3            

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The Spy and the Femme Fatale

 

Synopsis: MI6 has never been more active, but in a shady world of espionage can every British spy be trusted? One highly intelligent MI6 I.T. operative uncovers the reality but is greatly hampered by his own lack of social skills. A Drama that twists and turns with intrigue and humour, resonating with certain spy cases as recently reported in the media. Penetrating, funny, sensual and disturbing!

 

1st Produced: Friends Meeting House Theatre, Brighton, UK    17 May 2011

 

Genre: Black Comedy Drama

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3            

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Bolt from the Blue. . .

 

Synopsis: An absurd comedy about a rogue city banker, who gets struck by lightning and whose wife then sells him on eBay! Yet his nightmare is only just beginning, since he is then confronted by an odd group of conspiracy theorists believing this current recession was a nightmare deliberately created by an elite group of bankers, set to dominate the world! This is a tight spot from which to escape, as the group seek to extract revenge in their own peculiar way. Funny, absurd, sexy and dangerous! A high energy, new comedy

 

1st Produced: Friends Meeting House Theatre, Brighton, UK    May 2010

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  3        

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Piano Man

 

Synopsis: Based on the true story of the media frenzy of 2005 when a mute young man emerged from the sea in Kent, dripping wet and wearing in a black suit! He is taken to a nearby Psychiatric Unit for observation where he draws a picture of a grand piano and it is said, he plays like a virtuoso classical pianist. In the weeks that follow, international TV crews gather outside the Hospital whilst newspapers feature the story on a daily basis. the event is lifted to a heightened state of intrigue by the arrival of Hollywood film producers. Yet one rather offbeat young female journalist has resolved to unravel this bizarre mystery, no matter what the cost! This quirky, stylised comedy, tells her story as the truth concerning this enigmatic man is finally unveiled

 

1st Produced: Friends Centre Theatre, Brighton, UK    May 2009

 

Genre: Stylised Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  4            Female:  3    

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Death of a Tomato Salesman

 

Synopsis: One man believes he can save the human race by changing their diets to be largely tomato based! He launches an international tomato eating campaign for which he must give his life and proves this to the world by scaling the Tate Modern chimney. 'A touching and amusing exploration of human obsession.'

 

1st Produced: Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, UK    2005

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  3            

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007 - My Other Life!

 

Synopsis: One man's mission to prove to the world that he really is 007 - and all this, despite the fact that he drives a Robin Reliant, has a nagging girlfriend and is perceived by most as a social inadequate! This 'would be Bond' has the chance to prove his true credentials as the Russians seek to bring total devastation to the UK. Surely the one way to prove his identity beyond all doubt is to save his country from disaster and pull the most attractive Russian agent?

 

1st Produced: Friends Meeting House Theatre, Brighton, UK    2008

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  3            

 

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Googled Out!

 

Synopsis: The play takes place 'on line' as virtual reality takes over from fantasy, and avatars are locked in a life and death struggles to retain their own identities and not be consumed by this virtual world. A comedic study in human psychology and behavior where retaining one's identity is the key to life.

 

1st Produced: The Friends Meeting House Theatre, Brighton.    2007

 

Genre: Futuristic comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  3    

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Slowly Going Under

 

Synopsis: London in the near future? Visions of a city submerging under rising water levels as people are tempted as never before to lose all hope. Will the British sense of humour and resilience survive as the last survivors face their inevitable end? The cocktail of life, without ice!

 

1st Produced: The Hope, Brighton, UK    2006

 

Genre: Futuristic comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  3    

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Double Gazing!

 

Synopsis: Two men spend hours studying two young ladies in an adjacent flat with binoculars! Voyeurs perhaps, or are their motives perhaps even more bizarre? A black comedy where two men's actions have completely unexpected consequences resulting in their own demise.

 

1st Produced: Club New York, Brighton, UK.    2004

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3            

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Clampers!

 

Synopsis: A comical look at the ridiculous future of parking - or the lack thereof! One female clamper joins a new breed of company who believe that given enough power, they can truly dominate the world and bring untold misery to unsuspecting car owners! An absurd glimpse into a future where everyone owns a car, but there's no room left to drive anywhere!

 

1st Produced: Upstairs at the Branch Tavern, Brighton, UK    2003

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3 

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   How to Remember Everything You Thought    You Had Forgotten!

Synopsis: Four underdressed amnesia sufferers, of dubious character, all identically dressed, make National Headlines with farcical results! But will they ever remember which bank they raided or where in the world they hid the swag?

 

1st Produced: Downstairs at the Sanctuary Theatre, Brighton, 2002

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3   

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Private Laughter

 

Synopsis: One man's quest to locate his stolen antique furniture and his not-so-antique abducted wife. But in engaging the services of a Soho-based detective agency, his difficulties are only just beginning!

 

1st Produced: Brighthelm Theatre, Brighton, UK    2001

 

Genre: Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  4            Female:  2      

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The Worlds Last Landlady

 

Synopsis: The organized, traditional and sterile world of a Blackburn landlady is turned upside down by the arrival of an artist lodger who paints her portrait and redefines her destiny.

 

1st Produced: Akademia Theatre, Brighton, UK  2000

 

Genre: Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  2       

 

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In Bed With Harry

 

Synopsis: Submissive Harry spends most of his time in bed with Carrie, who runs a disturbingly happy cult of Australian oddballs who have given her all their wealth in exchange for a life in or on their many large beds! the peace of this community is shattered by the arrival of Carrie's former university lecturer, now turned magician, who is determined to retrieve the many thousands Carrie conned out of him whilst at unvisited in England, some years previously. the results of his endeavour are more than could be expected!

 

1st Produced: The Old Market Theatre, Brighton, UK    1999

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  3            Female:  3            

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Out Of the Darkness

 

Synopsis: A writer moves into an apartment within a large Victorian house originally built as an asylum. the past history of the property begins to alarmingly merge with the present, invading her already active imagination and making her new novel more of a mystery thriller than first intended!

 

1st Produced: Brighthelm Centre Theatre, Brighton, UK    1998

 

Genre: Psychological mystery/thriller

 

Parts: Male:  2            Female:  3            

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GSOH!

 

Synopsis: Just how far will a good girl go to pull the right partner? By advertising with a dating agency an attractive young lady ends up with more than she ever bargained for! At a fancy dress party held by the agency she falls for one man heavily disguised, who turns out to be the person from whom she thought she was escaping!

 

1st Produced: Brighthelm Centre Theatre, Brighton, UK    1997

 

Genre: Absurd Comedy

 

Parts: Male:  6            Female:  4            

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Elephant Man, 2095

 

Synopsis: The last disabled man on earth - genetic scientists have 'cured' the rest. the Ruling Authority is obsessed with genetic purity, so will this man survive? A satirical glance into the future of genetic engineering and posing the question as to whether this brand of science really does hold all the answers for mankind.

 

1st Produced: Brighthelm Centre Theatre, Brighton, UK    1996

 

Genre: Futuristic Satire

 

Parts: Male:  4            Female:  6            

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