Pull the Other One

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  3f, 4m

Pull the Other One
by Norman Robbins

When Albert's mother-in-law Boadicea discovers a letter written to Albert from his friend Hilary she refuses to believe it is perfectly innocent or that Hilary is a man. Along comes Hilary in blonde wig and evening dress straight from his drag act at…

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 4m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



Albert Perkins is blessed with a loving wife, Muriel and cursed with a fearsome mother-in-law, Boadecia.  When his friend Hilary Armitage writes to him reminiscing about the good times they used to have, Boadicea reads the letter and determines to remove her daughter instantly from the clutches of this evil sex-fiend.  Albert has a hard time explaining that the letter is perfectly inncent, and anyway Hilary is a man.  He isn't helped when Hilary turns up, wearing a blonde wig and a glamorous evening dress.  By the time Hilary manages to explain he's come straight from doing his drag acts at the local pub, it's too late - Bodicea has bashed Albert with the poker.  Further disasters are in store when Hilary, anxious to make amends for the trouble he has caused, tries to help Albert


First produced in 1977

Professional tour for The Proscenium Theatre Co Ltd in 1991

German translation 1986 – and TV

As of 2016 over 500 productions worldwide

Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


WILF - mid 60s

MURIEL - mid 30s

ALBERT - Mid 30s

VIRGINIA - (18 - 20)

HILARY - mid 30s


  • Time Period Present Day, 1980s
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


"The fast paced comic farcial drama writted by Norman Robbins.......it was hilarious" – bdafrica (Nairobi) January 2008

"Within a few minutes of the curtain rising on the Norman Robbins play, Bembridge Little Theatre Club had the audience chuckling, which turned to belly laughs as this story unfolded" – Isle of Wight County Press April 2010

"This uproarous North Country comedy, cheerfully vulgar and with double entrends, was performe with engaging vim & vigour" – Lincolnshire Free Press




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Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors, wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatregoer from the age of three (his grandparents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were al ...

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