Practice to Deceive

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 5f, 2m or f

The gruesome discovery of several dead bodies on the moor sparks a police investigation and a heavy media presence in the remote North Yorkshire Village of Chellingford. When Adrian Brooks shows up at Jessica Scanlon's cottage, however, it is with another line of enquiry in mind. His sister, Laura, …

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Practice to Deceive

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f, 2m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The gruesome discovery of several dead bodies on the moor sparks a police investigation and a heavy media presence in the remote North Yorkshire Village of Chellingford. When Adrian Brooks shows up at Jessica Scanlon's cottage, however, it is with another line of enquiry in mind. His sister, Laura, has disappeared, and he thinks watercolour artist Jessica might be able to help him find her. Jessica's friend Etta has also gone missing, and when she is called upon to identify of the bodies discovered by the police, she confirms that it is Etta. But Jessica's landlady Mildred seems to have other ideas. A mysterious suicide, an elaborate insurance scam and the arrival of nosy true crime writer Diana Wishart create further layers of intrigue that lead to a thrilling denouement.

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Reviews

" Norman Robbins is famous for his pantomimes and farces including the wonderful "Tomb" trilogy but he has also written some cracking thrillers and Practice to Deceive is no exception .........Practice to Deceive will certainly keep an audience on it toes as they enjoy this good old fashioned whodunit" - Amateur Stage June 2012

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional 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 of the play takes place in the living room of the Herdsman's cottage, McBride's farm, Upper Chellingford, North Yorkshire

    Act 1 Sc 1 Late summer, abour midday:  Sc 2 A few hours later

    Act 2 Sc 1 Two Hours later:  Sc 2 Ten minutes later

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

Casting

3m, 5f, 2m or f

ADRIAN BROOKES - late 30s
MILDRED MCBRIDE - late 60s
GAVIN PURDIE - 40s
DONALD CAFFREY - about 70
JESSICA SCANLON - early 40s
DIANA WISHART - 20s
SUSAN TONKS - slightly older than Diana
RHODA BRADSTOCK - 50s
INSPECTOR TYSON - 40S
SERGEANT MORLEY - 30S

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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The Inspector and Sergeant can be male or female roles and age is not important.

 

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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 March 2012 Bournemouth

To date 5 productions nationally

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