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Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb

Norman Robbins

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573113598

Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs. As night falls and fog descends on Monument House Hotel …

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

The action of the play takes place in the Garden Room of Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Farm, some fifty miles from London

Act 1 Sc1 Late Saturday afternoon in February: Sc 2 The same. An hour later

Act 2 Sc1 The same. Half-an-hour later: Sc 2 The same. An hour later.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs.

As night falls and fog descends on Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Spa, Hecuba Tomb and her niece Drusilla receive a series of unexpected visitors. Novelist Philippa and her assistant Daphne are seeking refuge from a mysterious follower they fear may be the notorious "Norfolk Strangler". Hot on their heels come TV historian Quentin Danesworth and vacuous honeymooners Robert and Miranda. The uninvited guests are soon snooping around the secret passages of the creepy old mansion and asking too many questions for comfort. Sure enough, one by one they fall victim to violent deaths by devious techniques — no secret panel is unoccupied, no cup of tea untouched, and nobody is who they appear to be. This irresistible combination of spoof and baffling murder mystery, over-the-top characters and shocking plot twists will thrill and delight in equal measure.

"This is the sort of thing that Norman Robbins does best: eccentric characters;secret panels;plot twists taht are every bit as shocking, and frequent, as the violent deaths suffered by the cast list; and a gloriously funny sense of the macabre throughout" - Amateur Stage September 2010

First productions in 2010

To date nearly 30 productions nationally

Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

The more skilled the performers and director the more the watchers will enjoy themselves.  Characters are pure stock, giving performers wonderful opportunities for truly bizarre characterization, whilst laughter and chills are in equal amounts.  Forget political correctness.  Here is a family that play together and slay together.

DRUSILLA TOMB - 19
HECUBA TOMB - her aunt; 60s
SIR BEVERLEY COMSTOCK - 60s
PHILLIPA COLLINS - 40s
DAPHNE SUMMERS - late 50s
ANTHONY STRICKLAND - late 20s
QUENTIN DANESWORTH - effeminate; late 60s
ROBERT SANDBROOKE - late 30s
MIRANDA TORRENCE - early 40s
CECILY VENNER - late 30s

Author
Norman Robbins

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 Operettas, Musical Comedies, Oratorios, Plays and Pantomimes. A keen amateur actor and ... view full profile

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