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An Act of the Imagination - Full Length Play

An Act of the Imagination

Bernard Slade

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Full Length Play

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573670237

"Highly entertaining." - The Herald

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Full Length Play


Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - In the living room-study of a house in Hampstead on the outskirts of London over a period of some weeks in the spring and summer of 1964.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

This masterful suspense tale involves a successful mystery writer whose latest work has strangely turned into a romance – a vivid and adulterous romance. His son, his second wife, and his editor marvel at the truthfulness of the work, remarkable since it is inconceivable that he could ever have had such an affair. Enter a woman, who is intent on blackmail and whose story is foolproof and airtight: it appears that Arthur has been trysting away from home. Death stalks: the other woman disappears and evidence incriminates Arthur in her murder. There is a conspiracy to do Arthur in, a conspiracy that entails cunning, deceit, and ingenious plotting.

"Highly entertaining." - The Herald

"A sophisticated whodunit which manages to keep the audience on tender hooks until the end." - The Advertiser

AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION was first produced under the title SWEET WILLIAM on September 15, 1987 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in England. Directed by Val May.


3m, 4f

ARTHUR PUTNAM - mid to late fifties, an unromantic looking, appealing eccentric
JULIA PUTNAM - probably late forties, very beautiful, warm, graceful
SIMON PUTNAM - mid twenties, attractive, charming, impetuous
DETECTIVE SERGEANT FRED BURCHITT - a spry, friendly Londoner in his mid fifties
HOLLY ADAMS - pretty, enthusiastic, bright, vivacious, in her mid to late twenties
BRENDA SIMMONS - late twenties, off-beat, unpredictable, slightly unkempt
BROOKE CARMICHAEL - mid thirites, cooly beautiful with an unforced elegance and charm
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