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Nightmare - Full Length Play, Drama


Norman Robbins

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573113062

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, a kind soul from the nearby village, looks after her in a most caring way, while coping with her mentally retarded brother of twenty. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland, Laura, an expe…
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Full Length Play



120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

The action takes place in the living-room of Marion Bishop's home, Moor View, an isolated house on the edge of Barrowdale Moor, two miles from the village of Hanbury.

Act 1 Sc 1: A Saturday morning in mid-September: Sc 2 Two weeks later : Sc 3 Ten days later

Act 2 Sc1 Later that evening: Sc 2 Four days later, morning: Sc 3 The following day, evening



Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying.  Katherine Willis,  kind soul from the nearby village, looks after Marion in a most caring wwy while coping with her own mentally retarded brother oftwenty.  When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland. Laura and experienced nurse from London comes to take care of the failing writer, on the recommendation of the local doctor. A series of mysterious phone calls and the appearance of Raymond, Marion's rapacious nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated when Katherine's brother is found murdered in a ditch.  Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are subtly woven into a web ofcrime which is completed by a dramamtic confrontation scene just before an ingenious twist brings a surprising close.

"It would be hard to find a play with so many ingenious twists and turns.......are to be congratulated for putting on a show that had most people, including myself, baffled till the very end with a few scary moments in between.  A classic whodunit" - Lancashire Evening Post October 2009

First production at the  Oast Theatre Tonbridge opened on 2th October 1987

To date over 200 productions worldwide

Translated into Dutch



3m, 4f


Parts for Senior Actors


Katherine and Michael could be cast older or slightly younger, but their relative ages must be comparative to their relationship.

Doris could be cast older.

DORIS (30 - 40)

KATHERINE (30 - 40)

ANDREW (40's)

MICHAEL (20's)

RAYMOND (30's)

MARION (70's)

LAURA (mid 20's)

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 ...

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