On Location

by  Stephen Smith

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

From the author of the popular BACKGROUND ARTISTE comes this hilarious companion piece which focuses on the zany world of the movie extra. Novice Mary is sent to the film shoot of a dubious sci-fi movie.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Science Fiction, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

From the author of the popular BACKGROUND ARTISTE comes this hilarious companion piece which focuses on the zany world of the movie extra. Novice Mary is sent to the film shoot of a dubious sci-fi movie. At the early-morning call in the church hall-cum-film crew canteen, she is initiated by seasoned pros, morose Malcolm and camp Roddy, but with the arrival of wealthy, eccentric Victoria, matters become decidedly wacky. Can Samantha with her clipboard keep everyone in check, on cue, in costume - and disentangle her love life ?

Based on the author's own experiences as a film extra the play can be performed by itself or as a double bill with BACKGROUND ARTIST. Both plays contain the character of Mary with this being her first shoot having joined the agency in the previous play. It was originally performed in a double bill entitled Lights Camera Action.

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Keywords

Business, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A church hall in winter at 6.30am. The hall is being used as the canteen for a film crew on location. Centrally at the rear of the hall is a pair of double doors through which all entrances are made. On the  L wall is a display of children`s paintings and on the r wall is a notice-board with various church notices and local events. R of the doors are several children`s toys scattered about and L is a large table. UR is a smaller tablewith two chairs. UL is anothe table with two chairs.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f
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  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

As it is being used as a canteen the play can have as many extras as the director wishes as long as the don`t upstage the action. If presented as a double bill with Background Artiste there is room for doubling with both casts and the original production had Jessica/Sam and End/Victoria played by the same actresses. In theory both plays could have the same cast.

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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 performance 15th November 2000 in a double bill with Background Artiste in a production entitled Lights Camera Action in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and directed by the author.

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