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Practice to Deceive

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 3m, 2m or f

The gruesome discovery of several dead bodies on the moor sparks a police investigation and a heavy media presence in the remote North Yorkshire Village of Chellingford. When Adrian Brooks shows up at Jessica Scanlon's cottage, however, it is with another line of enquiry in mind. His sister, Laura, …

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m, 2m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

The gruesome discovery of several dead bodies on the moor sparks a police investigation and a heavy media presence in the remote North Yorkshire Village of Chellingford. When Adrian Brooks shows up at Jessica Scanlon's cottage, however, it is with another line of enquiry in mind. His sister, Laura, has disappeared, and he thinks watercolour artist Jessica might be able to help him find her. Jessica's friend Etta has also gone missing, and when she is called upon to identify of the bodies discovered by the police, she confirms that it is Etta. But Jessica's landlady Mildred seems to have other ideas. A mysterious suicide, an elaborate insurance scam and the arrival of nosy true crime writer Diana Wishart create further layers of intrigue that lead to a thrilling denouement.

History

First production March 2012 Bournemouth

As of 2016 over 5 productions nationally

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

ADRIAN BROOKES - late 30s
MILDRED MCBRIDE - late 60s
GAVIN PURDIE - 40s
DONALD CAFFREY - about 70
JESSICA SCANLON - early 40s
DIANA WISHART - 20s
SUSAN TONKS - slightly older than Diana
RHODA BRADSTOCK - 50s
INSPECTOR TYSON - 40S
SERGEANT MORLEY - 30S

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

Media

" Norman Robbins is famous for his pantomimes and farces including the wonderful "Tomb" trilogy but he has also written some cracking thrillers and Practice to Deceive is no exception .........Practice to Deceive will certainly keep an audience on it toes as they enjoy this good old fashioned whodunit" - Amateur Stage June 2012

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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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