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Nightmare

Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4f, 3m

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, a kind soul from the nearby village, looks after her in a most caring way, while coping with her mentally retarded brother of twenty. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland, Laura, an expe…
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, kind soul from the nearby village, looks after Marion in a most caring way while coping with her own mentally retarded brother of twenty. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin’s wedding in Scotland. Laura and experienced nurse from London comes to take care of the failing writer, on the recommendation of the local doctor. A series of mysterious phone calls and the appearance of Raymond, Marion’s rapacious nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated when Katherine’s brother is found murdered in a ditch.

History

First production at the  Oast Theatre Tonbridge opened on 2th October 1987

As of 2016 over 200 productions worldwide

Translated into Dutch

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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior 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:

The action takes place in the living-room of Marion Bishop's home, Moor View, an isolated house on the edge of Barrowdale Moor, two miles from the village of Hanbury.

Act 1 Sc 1: A Saturday morning in mid-September: Sc 2 Two weeks later : Sc 3 Ten days later

Act 2 Sc1 Later that evening: Sc 2 Four days later, morning: Sc 3 The following day, evening

 

Casting

4f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors

DORIS (30 - 40)

KATHERINE (30 - 40)

ANDREW (40's)

MICHAEL (20's)

RAYMOND (30's)

MARION (70's)

LAURA (mid 20's)

Casting Notes

Katherine and Michael could be cast older or slightly younger, but their relative ages must be comparative to their relationship.

Doris could be cast older.

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Press

"It would be hard to find a play with so many ingenious twists and turns.......are to be congratulated for putting on a show that had most people, including myself, baffled till the very end with a few scary moments in between.  A classic whodunit" - Lancashire Evening Post October 2009

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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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