A Cut in the Rates

by  Alan Ayckbourn

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 2f

When Miss Pickhart visits the illusionist Ratchet on official Town Hall business, she discovers a sinister secret. Alone in the cellar after Ratchet is called away, she confronts the ghost of Rosalinda who met an untimely death during the saw the woman in half trick. 

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A Cut in the Rates

by  Alan Ayckbourn

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    1m, 2f
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When Miss Pickhart visits the illusionist Ratchet on official Town Hall business, she discovers a sinister secret. Alone in the cellar after Ratchet is called away, she confronts the ghost of Rosalinda who met an untimely death during the saw the woman in half trick. The ghost believes it was not an accident and calls upon Miss Pickhart to release her. To do this Miss Pickhart must relive that fateful night and climb into the cabinet. It seems as though she too is to meet a grim death until the play takes an unexpected twist.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: A street, a study, and a cellar.

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1m, 2f
MS. PICKETT
WOMAN/ROSALINDA
RATCHET
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Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countles ...

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First transmitted on BBC TV Schools on January 21, 1984.

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