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Shut and Bar the Door - Short Play, Comedy

Shut and Bar the Door

Tom Gray

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Short Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780874405781

Here is a farcical bit of business based on an old English ballad. The entire play has the feel of an old time movie and will leave the audience breathless with belly-laughs. 

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce

30 minutes

Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)

Settings Of Play - The interior of a small cottage in Merry Old England; a mild spring evening in April, 13th Century, A.D. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

UIL Approved

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Here is a farcical bit of business based on an old English ballad. The entire play has the feel of an old time movie and will leave the audience breathless with belly-laughs. The setting is Merrie Olde England during the 13th century. Lenore, the peasant housewife and John, her shepherd husband, have a disagreement over who should shut and bar the door. The argument grows to ridiculous proportions and ends in a challenge to silence. Both agree to remain mute until one surrenders and agrees to shut the door. During the silence they are threatened by robbers and scolded by a princess who is lost in the wood while searching for her Prince Arthur. The climax of the play is a wild and furious chase about the room with the cast running in every direction.

Shut and Bar the Door was originally presented by Thespian Troupe 451 of Findlay, Ohio at the Northwestern Ohio Thespian Conference. The play was directed by Jim Toth. 
Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

LENORE - a 13th century housewife. 
JOHN - her husband. 
PRINCESS - daughter of King Somerset. 
THEIF - the terror of England. 
JOCK - his apprentice. 
PRINCE - the hero. 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
Christine Beniers 4/15/2015 10:04 AM
I really enjoyed this clever, farcical one act.  I am using it for my middle school drama class, and my students love it.  It also gives a reason for the students to be introduced to commedia dell'arte.

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