Babysitting Calvin

by  John H. Newmeir

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

Baby Calvin (acted by an adult) can remember his previous life when he was happily married to Laura. Calvin will lose his blissful memories when he reaches his first birthday - or speaks - so he determines not to talk! His babysitter is Laura but she…

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Babysitting Calvin

by  John H. Newmeir

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    the National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) George Taylor Memorial Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Calvin, a ten-month old baby (acted by an adult), can still remember his previous life when he was happily married to Laura, despite the constant attentions of his womanising friend, Bob. Calvin will lose his blissful memories when he reaches his first birthday - or speaks - so he determines nothing will make him talk! When his single parent mum is persuaded by her sexy friend Donna to go out for the evening, he learns that his babysitter is none other than Laura! Alas, she has brought along a friend - lecherous Bob. Calvin sets about thwarting Bob's licentious desires using every trick known to babies. Can Calvin prevent the unthinkable happening... without uttering a word? 



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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    A living-room

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 3f


baby (young appearance)

Bob (Lecherous 40s)


Katie (Pretty - young)

Donna (Curvaceous - young)

Laura (Late 30's/Early 40's)

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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

Casting Notes

The characters can be flexable. For instance - mothers come in all shapes, sizes and ages. So it follows that Katie may be modified to suit the availability of your actress. Likewise Laura etc, can be older or younger than as stated.

When ages are changed, careful consideration must be taken and other characters altered accordingly. For this purpose, the cast is divided into two categories: (a) Katie and Donna and (b) Laura, Bob and Calvin.

The essence of the play is fun for both cast and audience alike. As all good farces, and those comedies bordering on farce, are built on speed and energy, so it falls to Katie to initate the pace from the outset. Behind schedule with a million and one things on her mind, the chasing around to catch up must appear frantic. Donna's appearance as the man-hungry companion is both pleasing to the eye and helps establish the sex-mad character of Bob. Laura's level-headedness is the only semblance of normality during the first scene and creates the "straight-man" syndrome in the second. Calvin's character and general appearance are comical and care must be taken he does not detract from other acting areas.

Warning: Be mindful to build the play-pen larger so as to accommodate an adult!




John H. Newmeir

John H. Newmeir, author, actor and producer, was born 9th August 1951 in Bethnal Green, London. He completed drama school with honours from the London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has appeared in a full range of plays from comedy to tragedy, farce to musicals. Among his credits are A Man for all Seasons, The Kin ...

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First poduced by Adelphi Players at the Thurrock Drama Festival on 11th June 1997.

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