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Slaughterhouse - Full Length Play, Drama

Slaughterhouse

Norman Robbins

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573018961

In Usher, his great country house, aging horror star Romney Marsh gathers a group to read a new play. When the last guest arrives, Romney unleashes the guard dogs and, with a moat full of piranha, he has his visitors trapped. Someone has been sending him newspaper clippings about the suicide thirty …
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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Action of play takes place in the Lovecraft Room of "Usher", the great country house owned by ageing horror star, Romney Marsh.

Act 1 Sc 1 Saturday evening:  Sc 2 Two hours later

Act 2 Sc 1 Early Sunday morning: Sc 2 Twenty minutes later

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget

In Usher, his great country house, aging horror star Romney Marsh gathers a group to read a new play. When the last guest arrives, Romney unleashes the guard dogs and, with a moat full of piranha, he has his visitors trapped. Someone has been sending him newspaper clippings about the suicide thirty years ago of Mabel Monk, an actress and Romney's lover. He intends to find out who is responsible, but first one of his quests is found with her throat cut. Then Romney dies, poisoned by his own chocolates. Marooned in the house with thick fog swirling outside, the guests realize that the murderer must have some connection with Mabel. The finger of suspicion points at each of them until the truth is revealed with fatal consequences.

First production 1991

To date nearly 70 productions worldwide

Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Bradford - admits to 47 but is very camp so could be mid to late 50s!

All characters, with the exception of Harriet, are all 'theatrical' i.e. larger than life.

EDITH - late 60s

CAROLINE - 30s

DOUGLAS - early 50s

BRADFORD - 50ish

FREDDY - 30

LINDA -  mid 40s

TANIA - late 50s

HARRIET - early 50s

STELLA - early 30s

ROMNEY - late 60s

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 ...

Other Norman Robbins titles:

  • Hansel and Gretel (Robbins)

  • Jack and Jill (Robbins)

  • Puss in Boots (Robbins)

  • The Sleeping Beauty (Robbins)

  • Snow White (Robbins)

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