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They Call It Murder

Bettine Manktelow

Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573114496

They Call It Murder
by Bettine Manktelow

Despite his lowly origins Mr Dalrymple has done well, and now that he is elderly and ailing speculation inevitably arises as to the disposal of his money among his three granddaughters. One, Peggy, neurotic and inhibited, is driven to take drastic st…

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 1970s

Settings Of Play - A living-room, comfortable but shabby.  Two doors, one window.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

THEY CALL IT MURDER by Bettine Manktelow.   One set, two exits, one window.  Living-cum-dining room.   Poorly furnished.

First presented by Howard Theatre Productions at the Leas Pavilion, Folkestone, Kent in July 1976

Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Peggy Strange:  3s, a bank clerk and the elder sister of the three.  Good looking but quietly dressed, has a worried, preoccupied air.  She is mature beyond her years.

Babs Strange:  20s.  a nurse, the middle sister, a happy hedonist, attractive, extravert and good-humoured.

Julie Strange:   18.  the youngest sister, pretty and clever, on her way to university.

Howard Pierce:   Peggy's fiancee, 30-40.  Amiable and easy-going. 

Julian Fudge:    A male nurse, personality plus,  effeminate and sinister.  late 20s.

Mrs Moore:  The home-help and neighbour.  Warm-hearted,kind and gossipy.  50s

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MUSICAL STYLE

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VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Bettine Manktelow

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 parts.This early career lasted four years until family commitments forced her to ... view full profile

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