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One Act Plays to be performed by or for young people. Those marked * are suitable for all groups, including 'adult' groups. Five are multiple Festival Award Winners, five have reached Divisional Finals, and five have reached the Scottish Youth Final - in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012 & 2014 - winning in 2012.(see below)

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ASSIPATTLE AND THE STOORWORM   *

Orcadian Folk Tale Comedy : 7m 4f - Assipattle, Fingal, Freya, Mother, Father, Magnus, Gemdelovely, Beitris, Bailie, Minister, Murdo + optional non-speaking servants 

“…parts the actors can really get their teeth into…” (Literary Director, Traverse Theatre) "thoroughly enjoyable" (Newton Stewart Players)

When a ferocious sea-monster threatens the kingdom, evil Queen Beitris and Murdo the Sorceror plot to have Princess Gemdelovely sacrificed to the creature. Timid Assipattle determines to rescue her - and to the amazement of his family, he succeeds.

There is a full length version of this play. See 'Assipattle' on the Full Length Plays page.

Spotlight Publications  ISBN : 978-1-904930-46-8

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BEWARE THE JABBERWOCK    *

Fantasy : 1m 3f 12m/f - variable - Emma, Lucy, 3 Toves, Jubjub Bird, Queen, 2 Borogroves, 2 Raths, Prince Percy, Tumtum  Tree, Jabberwock, 2 Bandersnatches.

Shortlisted in the Youth Play sections of the 2006 Scottish Community Drama Association Play on Words and the Drama Association of Wales playwriting competitions

"It has the same delightfully confusing dialogue of Carroll's work and brings back fond memories of reading these stories as a child. Wonderfully cryptic nonsensical moments and moments of philosophical clarity made me smile and wonder. This play will go down a treat with children and adults alike." (Angharad Elen, judge, D.A.W. Youth playwriting competition 2006)

"Full of nonsensical language, confusion and bewilderment, the play is a delight from start to finish. Ron Nicol has created a piece of theatre that will have adults and children laughing along to the same thing, and family entertainment doesn't get better than that." (Amateur Stage)

"weird and wonderful" (Scene) "nonsensically fun and whole-family friendly" (Knight Letter, magazine of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America) "we love this show" (Biloxi High School, Mississippi) "something for everyone - not to be missed" (Crossville Chronicle, Tennessee)

Emma and Lucy are lost in mysterious Tulgey Wood, which is full of weird and wonderful creatures. Trying to find their way home, they encounter boisterous Toves and frightened Raths, receive warnings from the aristocratic Borogroves about the frightful Jubjub Bird, and are tracked wherever they go by the frumious Bandersnatch. Joined by intrepid but hapless knight Percy, they come face to face with the fearsome Jabberwock - and then Lucy is bandersnatched! Eventually the Jabberwock's terrible secret is revealed, and the children find out what frumious really means.

*Festival Awards* Biloxi High School:- 2010 South Mississippi High School Drama Festival Distinguished Play Award, Best Makeup, Outstanding Costume Design, Peer Choice Award & 3 All-Star Cast Awards; Biloxi High School:- 2010 Mississippi Statewide Festival Best Supporting Actress, All Star Cast Award. Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society Youth:- 2012 Stirling District Festival Youth Winners; Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society Youth:- 2012 Eastern Division Youth Final Winners; Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society Youth:- 2012 SCDA Scottish Youth Final Winners. Leyton High School:- 2012 MAC Competition Runners-up, Best Actor (Zack Schrotberger), Best Actress (Katy Ernest), Acting Award (Jessica Powell); Leyton High School:- 2012 Nebraska Districts Third Place, Outstanding Acting Awards (Zack Schrotberger, Katy Ernest, Emily Gill, Zac Jones, Tanner Bellmyer); Cary Christian School:- 2013 North Carolina Theatre Conference Middle School Play Festival Production Award Superior Rating, Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting, Excellence in Costume Design, Excellence in Acting (Stuart Till), Outstanding Achievement in Acting (Christian Shriver), Excellence in Directing (Kendra Thomas); Lynnfield Middle School:- 2013 Massachusetts ETG Middle School Festival Gold Medal

Productions in Britain and the USA

Samuel French Inc./Baker's Plays  ISBN : 978-0-87440-215-5

Available from Samuel French or order your copy from Amazon.co.uk

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THE EDGE

Drama : 1m 1f - He, She

*Writing Award Winner* - winner of the Youth Section of the Scottish Community Drama Association Play On Words playwriting competition 2006

"a cleverly controlled situation, with grimly comic moments, about the saving of a would-be suicide - by a genuine suicide ... a deeply serious, ultimately tragic tale of teenage angst versus genuine anguish." (Alastair Cording, judge of Play on Words 2006) "...a fine play. Ron Nicol is not only one of our most prolific playwrights, but a highly respected one, who is a fine wordsmith. This is surely one of the finest challenges to the talents of two teenage actors that I have read for some time." (Charles Vance, Amateur Stage) "Our thanks to you for such a wonderful piece of theatre that had the audience totally gripped..." (Young Oxted Players - winners of five festival awards with 'The Edge') "a brilliant piece of modern theatre which explores a number of emotionally charged and at times difficult issues in a very realistic way" (Saltburn '53 Drama Group - winners of four festival awards with 'The Edge') "emotionally charged" (Evolve Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) "tense and powerful" (Edinburgh Spotlight) "thought provoking theatre (LoveFringe) "handles the difficult subject matter very well ... reflects some of the many issues that face young people today" (NSPCC)

A young man is on the roof of a high building, contemplating throwing himself over the edge. A young woman finds him there and initiates a conversation, but her readiness to slip into fantasies sounds a warning note. The young man eventually leaves the roof - but the girl is fixated with death and has a dark secret.

*Festival Awards* Dingwall Academy Drama Group:- 2007 Moray Firth District Youth Festival Winners & Highest Marks in Acting. Abbey Youth Drama Group:- 2007 Ayrshire District Festival Second Place & Highest Marks in Acting. Young Oxted Players:- 2008 Southern Counties Drama Festival Runners Up, Best Junior Entry, Best Young Actress (Jo Cox), Best Young Actor (Adam Farrell) & Best Stage Presentation; 2008 AETF Southern Division Festival Best Technical Presentation. Blairgowrie Junior Players: - 2010 SCDA Perthshire District Festival Youth Winners; 2010 SCDA Northern Division Second Place. Aberdour Players Youth:- 2010 SCDA Fife District Youth Final Best Moment of Theatre. Saltburn '53 Drama Group:- 2013 AETF Saltburn Drama Festival Best Production, Best Youth Production, Best Youth Actress & Actor (Natasha Graham & Noah Harrison), Audience Award; 2013 AETF North East of England Quarter Finals - Best Youth Performers (Natasha Graham & Noah Harrison). Kegworth Players Youth Arts:- 2013 NANDA Youth Festival Runner Up, Highly Commended (Sadie Sweetland and James Highton). Dolman Theatre Works:- 2014 DAW Gwent Festival Best Youth Production, Best Youth Performer (Carys Parselle). Birchvale Players Juniors:- 2014 SCDA Stewartry District Youth Winners; 2014 SCDA Western Divisional Youth Final Winners; 2014 SCDA Scottish National Finalists. Saltburn '53 Drama Group:- 2014 Sedgefield Drama Festival Youth Award, Best Under 21 Performers (Natasha Graham & Noah Harrison), Best 30 Seconds Award, Audience Appreciation Award .

Spotlight Publications  ISBN : 978-1-904930-83-2

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FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS

Drama : 3m 2f - Fraser, Bugs, Lexy, Rab, Delia, non-speaking victims

*Writing Award Winner* - third in the Youth Section of the 2004 Scottish Community Drama Association Play On Words playwriting competition

"...an exceptional play. This is indeed powerful drama, and particularly cogent at this time of the rapidly developing gun culture amongst the younger generation." (Amateur Stage) "an excellent play ... a strong message ... a terrifying ending ..." (Scene) 

Set against a background of racial tension and violence in a Scottish city. Fraser is the ultimate bully, leading his teenage gang in racial attacks and hounding anyone who dares to challenge him. Then Rab meets Delia, an English girl who encourages him to challenge Fraser's racist views. Bugs and Lexy, Rab's ex-girlfriend, are forced to examine thir own beliefs when Fraser stabs an immigrant. Thinking Rab has betrayed him to the police, Fraser wants revenge, and rushes headlong towards confrontation and tragedy.

*Festival Awards* Young Portonian Theatre Company:- 2005 Falkirk District Festival Second Place; 2005 Eastern Divisional Final Best Portrayal of a Play depicting Scottish Life and Character; 2005 Eastern Division Youth Final Winners; 2005 Scottish Youth Finalist; Elgin Amateur Dramatic Society (Youth):- 2013 Moray Arts Festival Best Youth Production & Best Youth Performance (Grant Jamieson).

Spotlight Publications  ISBN : 978-1-904930-47-6

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GULEESH   *

Irish Folk Tale : 5m 3f 2 m/f - Priest, Guleesh, Gruach, Mogerach, Marie, Queen, King, Mother, Father, Fairy King

Short-listed in the Youth Section of the 2000 Scottish Community Drama Association Play On Words playwriting competition

“…an enchanting tale … rollicks along … lots of fun…” (Scene)

Guleesh goes with the Fairy Folk to help steal the King of France’s daughter, but falls in love with the Princess and rescues her from the kidnappers. The furious Fairy King plans his revenge, and sends Mogerach and Gruach to track Guleesh down.

Spotlight Publications  ISBN : 978-1-904930-48-4

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MOLLY WHUPPIE AND THE DOUBLE-FACED OGRE   *

Folk Tale Comedy : 4m 3f - Molly, Olga, Ogre's Wife, Ogre, Wilfrid, King Walter, Balderdash 

*Writing Award Winner* - runner-up in the Youth Section of the 2002 Scottish Community Drama Association Play On Words playwriting competition

"funny, lively...went down a treat with the audience..." (Scene)

'Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Ogre' at the Fourth Annual Scottish National One Act Youth Final 2003 - "...a light-hearted fairy tale with a modern slant, it is delightful and charming - a modern day pantomime. Mocking convention it is hugely enjoyable to watch... The audience were so reluctant to say goodbye to Molly and her gang. What a start to the festival..." (Scene - October 2003)

When Prince Wilfrid falls in love with bold and clever Molly Whuppie, King Walter challenges her to steal the Ogre's sword, purse and ring. Molly succeeds, and marries the Prince on her own terms.

*Festival Awards* - Young Portonian Theatre Company:- 2003 Falkirk District Festival Adjudicator's Award & Audience Award; 2003 Eastern Divisional Final Winners; 2003 Scottish Youth Finalists. Dingwall Academy Drama Group:- 2003 Moray Firth District Festival Third Place & Highest Marks in Acting. Dolfor Young Farmers Club:- 2007 Montgomery YFC Festival Third Place.

There is a full-length version of this play - see 'Molly Whuppie' on the Full Length Plays page.

Spotlight Publications  ISBN : 978-0-9560209-6-3

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PIG TALE   *

Traditional Tale Comedy : some doubling and trebling - Narrator, Prompter, First, Second and Third Little Pigs, Mummy Pig, Sheep, Big Bad Wolf, Man or Woman With Straw, Man or Woman With Sticks, Man or Woman With Bricks, Police Officer 

Shortlisted in the Youth section of the Drama Association of Wales One Act playwriting competition 2008, being described by the judge Angharad Elen as "by far the funniest play in the competition. The only play that made me laugh out loud, not once but several times. Ron Nicol has a wonderful and quirky sense of humour." "the audience loved the play" (Peninver Junior Players) "hilarious" (Kintyre Forum)

"The audience and the adjudicator loved the play and the reception we got from the audience was fantastic ... I would say the best audience reaction out of the whole festival. We are chuffed to bits. I hope you have a great success with the play. We certainly had!" (Peninver Players - 'Pig Tale' 2010)

An updated re-telling of the tale of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs. Mummy Pig throws the Three Little Pigs out into the big wide world to seek their fortunes. They have to cope with the demands of relating to others, gathering materials, building houses, and keeping the Wolf from the door. The Narrator also has problems to deal with in the shape of an insufferable Prompter and a wily and wilful Sheep.

*Festival Awards* - Peninver Players Juniors:- 2010 Argyll Kintyre District Festival - Best Youth Entry; 2010 Western Division Youth Final - Best Stage Presentation. Highnam Players Youth:- 2010 Gloucestershire One Act Festival - Best Youth Play, Best Female Youth Performers (Lis Rising as Narrator & Jenny Baker as Prompter) Best Male Youth Performer Runner Up (Dan Norris as Wolf). Hyde Little Theatre Youth Group:- 2010 Hale One Act Play Festival - Best Junior Production, Best Director Junior Section (Janice Haughton) Most Promising Newcomer (Lucy Mellor as First Little Pig). Young Portonian Theatre Company - 2014 SCDA Falkirk District Youth Winners.2014 SCDA Eastern Division Youth Finalists and Eastern Division Finalists; Saltburn ’53 Drama Group (Youth):- 2014 AETF Saltburn Drama Festival - Audience Award for Best Production, Best Youth Production, Best Youth Actress (Lucy Ivison as Narrator), Best Youth Comedy (Natasha Graham as Mummy Pig), Best Cameo Performance (Hannah Whiley as Sheep); Abbey Players:- 2014 AETF Tamworth Hastilow Festival Open Festival Winners, Overall Festival Runners-Up, Most Promising Junior (Grace as First Pig); 2014 AETF Warwickshire One-Act Play Festival Runners-Up, Adjudicator’s Shield (Wolf); 2014 AETF Eastern Division Quarter-Final Runners-Up; 2014 AETF Semi-Finalists.

Spotlight Publications - ISBN : 978-1-907307-05-8

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POCKET-SIZED PLAYS

Three short plays for Young People

"Great fun and highly recommended" (Scene)

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

Folk Tale Comedy : 2m 3f variable - Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear, Baby Bear, Goldlilocks, Ugglymuggly

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPE ROBBERY

Pantomime : 1m 3f variable - Elfie Elf, Granny Bolster, Greedy Gutbucket, The Bogle 

THE PIED PIPER

Folk Tale : 2m 9m/f variable - The Mayor, Secretary, Councillor 1, Councillor 2, Villager 1, Villager 2, Villager 3, The Pied Piper, First Rat, Second Rat, Third Rat, Child 

These Pocket-Sized Plays have been used for many years in schools and evening classes to introduce young people aged from eight to sixteen to the perfomance of plays and pantomimes - and people of more advanced years have had fun with them too. They're simple to produce in a classroom or on a stage, with basic costumes and the minimum of properties. Each runs for approximately 20 minutes, and can be performed as separate items or together as an evening of entertainment.

New Theatre Publications  - ISBN 978-1-84094-889-9

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THE SPIRITING OF BURD ELLEN   *

Folk Tale Comedy : large mixed cast - doubling and trebling - Stage Manager, Stage Crew, Merlin, Rowland, Burd Ellen, Guinevere, Elf, Elfin King, Shadow, Herdsman, Cowherd, Henwife, Horses, Cows, Hens, Cockerel, Knights, Courtiers, Elves. Despite the apparently large cast the play can be performed by groups of all sizes as many characters make only one appearance.

*Writing Award Winner* - runner-up in the Youth Section of the 2004 Scottish Community Drama Association Play On Words playwriting competition

"...a lovely play ... a wonderful asset to children's theatre..." (Scene)

"lively, inventive and often hilarious" (Amateur Stage)

"full of fun and good humour" (Ross-shire Journal)

"We performed your wonderful play and managed to win the Junior Section of the Highland Division. It was really good to find something in which we could cast the whole of our P6/7 and which allowed our strong players to perform. The humour, balance and pace really allowed us to show what they could do. Thanks." (Auchtertyre Primary School - 'The Spiriting of Burd Ellen' 2005)

When Burd Ellen mysteriously disappears, her brother Childe Rowland consults the wizard Merlin, who suspects that Ellen has been spirited away by the Elves. Rowland sets out on a journey to the Dark Tower in the Land of Faery, where he comes face to face with the King of Elfland.

*Festival Awards* Largs Junior Players:- 2005 Ayrshire District Festival Ayrshire - Youth Trophy & Highest Marks in Acting; 2005 Western Division Youth Final. Auchtertyre Primary School:- 2005 Highland Division Youth Festival - Junior Section Winners. Dingwall Academy Drama Group:- 2006 Moray Firth District Youth Festival - Winners & Highest Marks in Acting; 2006 Highland Division Senior Section - Winners; 2006 Highland Divisional Final; 2006 Scottish Youth Final. Ravenshead Youth Theatre Group:- 2008 NANDA Youth Theatre Festival - Best U12 Actress (Ellie Thomas as Childe Rowland) Best U12 Actor (Gethin Williams as Herdsman) Highly Commended (Marisha Milek as Merlin & Saachi Oza as the Elfin King)Peninver Players Juniors:- 2011 SCDA Argyll Kintyre District Festival - Best Youth Entry

Spotlight Publications  ISBN : 978-1-904930-62-X

There is a full-length version of this play - see 'Childe Rowland' on the Full Length Plays page

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TWO TALL TALES *

The nonsensical and hilarious adventures of Victorian explorer Sir Henry Nearly. The plays can be performed together or separately and are suitable for young players of all ages and for more ‘mature’ performers.

NEARLY UP THE POLE : 2m 3f 3m/f. Narrator, Henry, Mortimer, Henrietta, Aurora, Goudeau, Rowff, Voice Off

The intrepid adventurer and his sidekick Mortimer Leeveme set out on a expedition to find the Pole – any Pole. Led by expedition expediter Jules Goudeau (aka as Jessie Boggs) and hampered by husky Rowff, they merely encounter Henry’s indomitable wife Henrietta and his irritating daughter Aurora.

NEARLY ALL AT SEA : 3m 3f 2m/f. Narrator, Henry, Mortimer, Henrietta, Aurora, Cap'n Codfish, Barnacle, Voice Off

The hapless pair set out on a voyage of discovery with Cap’n Codfish and Barnacle the Mate. Unluckily for them, the fabulous island they discover is simply the Isle of Wight, now inhabited by the vindictive Henrietta and irksome Aurora.

Productions in Britain and Canada

*Festival Awards* Northern Lights Academy:-
2013 Newfoundland & Labrador High School Drama Festival - Best Comedic Duo (Josh Adams as Sir Henry & Robert Jaque as Mortimer), Best Ensemble & Directing Award (Sarah Oldford)

 Spotlight Publications - ISBN : 978-1-907307-17-1

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THE WISE VILLAGERS *

Folk Tale Comedy : 4m 4f 9m/f variable - doubling possible - Squire Squibley, Gwendolyne, Farmer Gumble, Mistress Gumble, Grandmama, Old Woman, Cow, man with Breeches, Five Villagers, The Wise Man (or Woman), non-speaking villagers and sheep 

Squire Squibley searches for sillier sillies than the woman he's to marry. He travels to the village of Gotham, where he finds sillies and silliness a-plenty - and realises his fiancee is no sillier than anybody else!

*Festival Awards* Peninver Players Juniors:- 2012 Argyll Kintyre District Festival Best Youth Entry

Spotlight Publications ISBN : 978-1-904930-49-2

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WOLF TALE    *

3m 5f 1m/f variable - Mrs Hood, Red Hood, Fairy, Wolf, Big Bad, Granny Hood, Sheep, Wee Sheep, Robin Hood

'sure to appeal to children of all ages' (Amateur Stage)

'Thank you so much for suggesting 'Wolf Tale' for us - we had a great time, and the audience loved it!' (Highnam Young Players)

A re-telling of the tale of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Wolf tries to turn events to his own advantage, but despite the warnings of his cousin Big Bad nothing turns out the way he expects. Little Red won’t co-operate, Granny’s more troublesome than anticipated, the Woodland Fairy is less than helpful, a pair of infuriating Sheep complicate proceedings, and the arrival of Robin Hood finally throws a spanner into the works.

*Festival Awards*Highnam Young Players 2011 Gloucestershire Drama Association One-Act Festival - Best Youth Play Runners-up, Best Female Performer U18 Runner-up (Jenny Baker as Fairy) Best Female Performer U18 Nomination (Lis Rising as Red) Best Male Performer U18 (Dan Norris as Wolf), Best Female Performer U13 (Alice Davies as Granny).

Spotlight Publications - ISBN : 978-1-907307-22-5

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