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The Borzoletti Monstrance

Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 4m

by Norman Robbins

When the Catholic Church decides to close the tiny convent of St Gudrun and dispose of its assets, it unwittingly brings tragedy to the peaceful village of Redston. For Redston’s greatest asset is the Monstrance created by legendary goldsmith, Teodoro Borzoletti, in the 18thCentury, and now believed to be worth millions to a collector.

The Borzoletti Monstrance

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

When the Catholic Church decides to close the tiny convent of St. Gudrun and dispose of its assets, it unwittingly brings tragedy to the peaceful village of Redston. For Redston’s greatest asset is the Monstrance created by legendary goldsmith, Teodoro Borzoletti, in the 18thCentury, and now believed to be worth millions to a collector.

In Redston Hall, Austin Reeves-Mercer, a noted Protestant, struggles to keep his ancestral home solvent, but an ancient family feud brings the actual ownership of the Monstrance into question and tensions mount.

The revelation that the Monstrance is a fake is a shock to all concerned, and when deceit, blackmail and death pay unexpected visits to Redston Hall, only one solution is possible...murder.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

Terrace Room of Redston Hall, Kent, home of the Reeves-Mercer family since 1769

Act 1 Sc1 An August morning: Sc 2 The same day, early afternoon

Act 2 Sc 1 Ten days later, mid afternoon: Sc 2 Late morning, the following day

Casting

5f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable

1 male late 20s

1 female mid 20's

1 male about 30

2 females - 40's

1 male early 50's

1 male late 60's

1 female late 70's

Casting Notes

There is always movement on age of characters so long as they are relative to the relationships of the individual characters

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Written by the author of Prescription for Murder, At the Sign of ‘The Crippled Harlequin’, And Evermore Shall Be So and more and based on a real life event, The Borzoletti Monstrance will have audiences guessing until the very end.

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Authors

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 always available) ...

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