Nightmare

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 4f

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, a kind soul from the nearby village, looks after her in a most caring way, while coping with her mentally retarded brother of twenty. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland, Laura, an expe…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying.  Katherine Willis,  kind soul from the nearby village, looks after Marion in a most caring wwy while coping with her own mentally retarded brother oftwenty.  When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland. Laura and experienced nurse from London comes to take care of the failing writer, on the recommendation of the local doctor. A series of mysterious phone calls and the appearance of Raymond, Marion's rapacious nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated when Katherine's brother is found murdered in a ditch.  Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are subtly woven into a web ofcrime which is completed by a dramamtic confrontation scene just before an ingenious twist brings a surprising close.

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Reviews

"It would be hard to find a play with so many ingenious twists and turns.......are to be congratulated for putting on a show that had most people, including myself, baffled till the very end with a few scary moments in between.  A classic whodunit" - Lancashire Evening Post October 2009

Keywords

Death, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The action takes place in the living-room of Marion Bishop's home, Moor View, an isolated house on the edge of Barrowdale Moor, two miles from the village of Hanbury.

    Act 1 Sc 1: A Saturday morning in mid-September: Sc 2 Two weeks later : Sc 3 Ten days later

    Act 2 Sc1 Later that evening: Sc 2 Four days later, morning: Sc 3 The following day, evening

     

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

Casting

3m, 4f

DORIS (30 - 40)

KATHERINE (30 - 40)

ANDREW (40's)

MICHAEL (20's)

RAYMOND (30's)

MARION (70's)

LAURA (mid 20's)

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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Katherine and Michael could be cast older or slightly younger, but their relative ages must be comparative to their relationship.

Doris could be cast older.

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Authors

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 Operett ...

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First production at the  Oast Theatre Tonbridge opened on 2th October 1987

To date over 200 productions worldwide

Translated into Dutch

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