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At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin

Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 3m

A case of mistaken identity leads to tragedy in this engaging thriller. In a snowbound guest house in the Peak District, Marjory Pike is wrongly identified by another guest as the author of a book declaiming certain mediums, one of whom had committed suicide as a result. The son of the deceased medi…

At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

A case of mistaken identity leads to tragedy in this engaging thriller. In a snowbound guest house in the Peak District, Marjory Pike is wrongly identified by another guest as the author of a book declaiming certain mediums, one of whom had committed suicide as a result. The son of the deceased medium is staying at the guest house, so when he arrives in the lounge bloodied and bruised, and Marjory is found dead, the finger of suspicion naturally points at him. But the guest house may be haunted, other guests have their own secrets, and even the proprietors are not above suspicion ... In true Norman Robbins fashion the deepening mystery is rich with shocks and laughs as the play moves to its unexpected close.

History

First production April 2007 Tiverton Dramatic Society

As of 2016 over 50 performances worldwide

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
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 of the play tkes place in the lounge of "Peak Lodge", a small guest-house in Derbyshire's Peak District.

Act 1 Sc1 A late afternoon in December. A few days before Christmas.  Sc 2 An hour later

Act 2 Sc1 Three housr later: Sc 2 Two hours later:

Time - The present

Casting

5f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors

one female - late 20s

3 female, one male 30's

one male, one female 40's

one female 70's

Casting Notes

There is a little movement on actual age grouping so long as ages compliment the characters.

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Authors

Norman Robbins

Norman, 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 theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operett ...

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