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Wife After Death - Full Length Play, Comedy

Wife After Death

Eric Chappell

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573114755

"A terrific evening of love and laughter." - The British Theatre Guide

Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. There's Harvey, who wrote Dave's material; Vi, Harvey's wife; Kevin, Dave's agent, and Ke…

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Full Length Play

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Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. There's Harvey, who wrote Dave's material; Vi, Harvey's wife; Kevin, Dave's agent, and Kevin's wife Jane. Dave's glamorous widow Laura has arranged a funeral to remember, complete with a horse-drawn hearse and an attendant dog. An unfamiliar woman in flamboyant mourning clothes turns out to be Kay, Dave's ex-wife from before he was famous, and a series of revelations end with Kevin throwing a drink into the coffin and all the guests asking themselves if they ever knew the "real" Dave.

Act II opens three weeks later for the disposal of Dave's ashes. The atmosphere is tense and Kevin is wearing a controversial tie, but as more truths are revealed, even from beyond the crematorium Dave seems to be having the last laugh.

"A terrific evening of love and laughter." - The British Theatre Guide
Wife After Death was first presented at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in March 2010, with Tom Conti playing Harvey..
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2m, 4f

Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. There's Harvey, who wrote Dave's material; Vi, Harvey's wife; Kevin, Dave's agent, and Kevin's wife Jane. Dave's glamorous widow Laura has arranged a funeral to remember, complete with a horse-drawn hearse and an attendant dog. An unfamiliar woman in flamboyant mourning clothes turns out to be Kay, Dave's ex-wife from before he was famous, and a series of revelations end with Kevin throwing a drink into the coffin and all the guests asking themselves if they ever knew the "real" Dave.

Act II opens three weeks later for the disposal of Dave's ashes. The atmosphere is tense and Kevin is wearing a controversial tie, but as more truths are revealed, even from beyond the crematorium Dave seems to be having the last laugh.

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Geoff Wharton 12/16/2015 5:27 AM
An excellent play which I have recommended to our theatre club, for a social reading, with a possible production to be looked at in the next couple of years.

An audience may be initially put off by the theme of death, but the humour will quickly get through, and I am certain that any audience will thoroughly enjoy the growing inter-relationship of the characters, and the finding out of the intricacies of the deceased man, as they realize that none of them really knew him.

A great comedy.
Gillian Bexon 10/4/2014 1:38 PM
For amateurs this play may be difficult to cast, as it has a huge part for a man. However it may be of advantage that there are only two men altogether in the cast, as amateur groups tend to be short of men. Similarly, the women are easy enough to cast as two are middle aged, though they have to be specifically 'gaunt' and 'overweight'.

The theme of the play is a little dubious for an audience wanting a fun night out. The casket on the stage might be considered in rather bad taste, with the comments about the 'corpse' inside,  but there should be ways round this for the director. Once the audience has got over its slight unease, they should enjoy the humour.

There are some funny lines and situations and the characters are interesting.

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