The Bride of Brackenloch! A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?

by  Rick Abbot

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 8f

In this cheerily goofy spoof of all those gothic novels where the heroine is brought to the ancient manor by her handsome, brooding groom, new bride Daphne is brought to Brackenloch the day after her husband Jabez Thorngall lost his first bride to the family curse: any bride at Brackenloch Manor is doomed to die on her wedding day. Suspicion and danger are omnipresent and audeinces love every minute of this thriller.

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The Bride of Brackenloch! A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?

by  Rick Abbot

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The Bride of Brackenloch! A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In this cheerily goofy spoof of all those gothic novels where the heroine is brought to the ancient manor by her handsome, brooding groom, new bride Daphne is brought to Brackenloch the day after her husband Jabez Thorngall lost his first bride to the family curse: any bride at Brackenloch Manor is doomed to die on her wedding day. At the bottom of the bracken fringed Scottish loch which gives the manor its name lurks "Bracky" who is not a monster to take lightly. The murder of Jabez's father six years earlier remains unsolved and family disappearances create further mysteries. Also missing is the Strong Wong, a Hong Kong tong gong thong which used to hang above the crossed claymores above the fireplace. Potential suspects include the housekeeper, the maid, the sister, the cook, the handyman, the aunt, the sexy female neighbor, the cast off sweetheart of Jabez who thought she would be the new bride. Suspicion and danger are omnipresent and audiences love every minute of this thriller.
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The parlor of Brackenloch Manor, in a desolate area of the Scottish moors about the mid-1800s.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 8f
JABEZ THORNGALL - moody young Lord of Brackenloch Manor
DAPHNE DIXON - his sweet young innocent unsuspecting bride
COMFORT GRODY - Jabez's former fiancee, a houseguest
GLYNIS PRESCOTT - Jabez's "widowed" sister
LADY ALICIA GODDARD - Jabez's maternal aunt
MAVIS BEAUFORT - chatelaine of adjoining estate
JANET MAGLEESH - housekeeper at Brackenloch
MANOR FANELLA - a timorous housemaid
MRS. MOUSELY - the family's longtime cook
WILBUR YARDLEY - a chief inspector of the Glasgow Police Force
ANDREW MACHANFORD - the gardiner/handyman
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Rick Abbot

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college wi ...

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