A Handbag

by  Anthony Horowitz

Short Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f

Acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and playwright Anthony Horowitz was commissioned to write a play as part of the National Theatre’s New Connections programme for young people and the result is a short play which is both funny and poignant for a cast of six.


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • SubGenre


    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A group of people are rehearsing The Importance of Being Earnest but, as they attempt to perform a play which is alien to them, it becomes apparent that their surroundings are not normal. Gradually, as tensions mount, squabbles ensue and each young person’s story starts to emerge.
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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: A room in an institution


4m, 2f
M4 F2.
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Casting Notes

All the characters are aged between 18 and 22.


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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism. Anthony has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, whi ...

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