Parentcraft

by  Stephen Smith

Short Play, Comedy, Drama  /  1m, 4f

Four expectant mothers and one father find themselves in a small hospital room awaiting the midwife who is to give them their first Parentcraft class. Differences in experience, outlook and class lead to some interesting and at times hilarious exchan…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Four expectant mothers and one father find themselves in a small hospital room awaiting the midwife who is to give them their first Parentcraft class. Differences in experiences, outlook and class lead to some interesting and at times hilarious exchanges, as each of the five have to face, and come to terms with, the prejudices and foibles of their companions. An amazing revelation shocks them all - one of their number is not, in fact, going to be a parent at all ! Amusing, thought-provoking and with five good acting parts, Parentcraft is an ideal play for festivals.

Very popular comedy that is inspired by the author`s first experience of Parentcraft classes and dedicated to his daughter. Also published in dutch as Zwangerschaps gymnastiek. Can be performed in the 1990`s or updated to present day as it is a universal theme

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Reviews

`Pelvic tilts and pickled gherkins (dipped in tea, of course) are all the props they need to get the most out of a script that is always a bit of a giggle but quite frequently provokes guffaws from the audience`

Alan Kersey, Cambridge Evening News.

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1990s
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    A hospital room

    A table is C of the back wall with leaflets on it; R are three stacks of chairs. There are various posters on the back wall. Positioned DR is a table with a cassette player, a carousel of cassette tapes, a large felt-tip pen and self-adhesive labels.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 4f
M1 (30s) F4 (20s, 30s, middle-age)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith started writing plays in 1985 and has so far had sixteen published. He either directs or appears in every play and has won numerous Best New Play Awards. His plays have been produced not only throughout the UK but in many overseas countries as well with Parentcaft translated into ...

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First performed on 8th March 1996 at the Sawston, Cambridgeshire, Drama Festival.

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