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Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4f, 3m

The lounge of a country house - Time: the present. The author of Curtain Up on Murder and Murder Weekend has woven "an intense web of deceit, intrigue and secrets" (Whitstable and Herne Bay Times). Prospective contestants for a TV reality show gather in a country house, a…
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
The lounge of a country house - Time: the present. The author of Curtain Up on Murder and Murder Weekend has woven "an intense web of deceit, intrigue and secrets" (Whitstable and Herne Bay Times). Prospective contestants for a TV reality show gather in a country house, aiming to win a large cash prize, but only if they survive the rigours of the ultimate Spygame. This excellent play offers seven good acting roles and will grip your audience until the totally unexpected ending.
History
SPYGAME by Bettine Manktelow first presented by the New Deal Theatre Company at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 17th July 2008.
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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Gun Shots

Licence details

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

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

SPYGAME takes place in the lounge of a large country house much in need of modernisation, a shabby, antique look about the place.  One main entrance, a side entrance and french windows.

Casting

4f, 3m
Cast Attributes

Sadie:  a shy lady in her fifties, ingratiating and sweet, anxious to please everybody.

Dapne:   Supercilious and reserved, a secret poet, she observes more than she speaks.  40 - 50

Claire:   Attractive, intelligent and adventurous, 40s

Lloyd:    Itinerant actor, good-natured, an opportunist.  Dominates the others.  40s

Marie:   The maid, apparently eastern-european.  Attractive young woman.

Major Daniels:  50s.  Breezy and bossy, a military man, runs his establishment like an army barracks, or tries to.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

  "this play crackled with both suspense and humour"  "the totally unexpected ending is a masterpiece of ingenuity."   Kentish Gazette

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Authors

Bettine Manktelow

Bettine Manktelow was born Bettine Stratton in Gillingham in Kent, and is the middle daughter of three.She became stage-struck at an early age andworked in a repertory company atChatham Theatre Royalat the age of sixteen as an assistant stage-manager, learning stage craft from the bottom up and graduating to acting par ...

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