Primrose Way

by  Ron Nicol

Short Play, Drama  /  3f

An old actress retraces her theatrical career, remembering her ambitious mother and her enthusiastic youthful self, until she realises that perhaps there’s nothing valuable in her memories after all. An ideal festival play for three women.

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Primrose Way

by  Ron Nicol

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The aging bag lady on the streets who opens the play is the eponymous Primrose Way, once a professional actress. As she reminisces and her story unfolds, we see her enthusiastic youthful self retracing her career in the theatre, and reliving the memories of her ambitious mother, herself a professional actress, who delights in playing a number of other characters who drift through Primrose’s recollections.

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"A touching drama with moments of gentle comedy" - Amateur Stage

"A beautifully written, poignant drama" - Scene

"I loved this play. It made me laugh. It made me cry. What more could one want?" - Prompt Magazine


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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



  • Time Period: Present Day, 1970s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting:

    Three acting areas - a theatre doorway with a camp-chair and a shopping trolley; a theatre dressing-room with a make-up mirror and dressing-table; an open area with an armchair, upright chairs, a small table and a small settee.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)



PRIMROSE - sixties/seventies
HER MOTHER - middle-aged
YOUNG PRIMROSE - teens/twenties

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Optional additional, non-speaking male role. Mother not only represents herself but delights in playing a number of other characters who drift through Primrose’s recollections during the play. The brief scene with Primrose’s Father can be played with an empty armchair if preferred.


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Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, the USA, and the Netherlands. He's written more than fifty one-act dramas, comedies, plays for young people, full length plays, and pantomimes, which have been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany, the ...

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McGavin Drama Club, Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock. 2013

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