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Bettine Manktelow

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573114243

The lounge of a country house - Time: the present. The author of Curtain Up on Murder and Murder Weekend has woven "an intense web of deceit, intrigue and secrets" (Whitstable and Herne Bay Times). Prospective contestants for a TV reality show gather in a country house, a…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - SPYGAME takes place in the lounge of a large country house much in need of modernisation, a shabby, antique look about the place.  One main entrance, a side entrance and french windows.

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Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The lounge of a country house - Time: the present. The author of Curtain Up on Murder and Murder Weekend has woven "an intense web of deceit, intrigue and secrets" (Whitstable and Herne Bay Times). Prospective contestants for a TV reality show gather in a country house, aiming to win a large cash prize, but only if they survive the rigours of the ultimate Spygame. This excellent play offers seven good acting roles and will grip your audience until the totally unexpected ending.
  "this play crackled with both suspense and humour"  "the totally unexpected ending is a masterpiece of ingenuity."   Kentish Gazette
SPYGAME by Bettine Manktelow first presented by the New Deal Theatre Company at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 17th July 2008.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Sadie:  a shy lady in her fifties, ingratiating and sweet, anxious to please everybody.

Dapne:   Supercilious and reserved, a secret poet, she observes more than she speaks.  40 - 50

Claire:   Attractive, intelligent and adventurous, 40s

Lloyd:    Itinerant actor, good-natured, an opportunist.  Dominates the others.  40s

Marie:   The maid, apparently eastern-european.  Attractive young woman.

Major Daniels:  50s.  Breezy and bossy, a military man, runs his establishment like an army barracks, or tries to.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

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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Sheila Parkes 17/02/2016 03:09
This is a modern play (so no problems with costume expenses), well written and full of up-to-date references. Based on an amusing premise - characters applying for a TV show - with good strong parts for all 7 actors. Not at all prepared for the shock ending - a definite possibility!

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