Nasty Things, Murders

by  Arthur Lovegrove

Short Play, Drama  /  5f

The four ladies in the Home for Retired Gentlewomen are upset when their TV breaks down at the climax of a real life murder drama. They talk about the murder. To the horror of three of them, it appears that the fourth, gentle Mary, may have been the murderess.

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Nasty Things, Murders

by  Arthur Lovegrove

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

Additional Info

The four ladies in the Home for Retired Gentlewomen are upset when their TV breaks down at the climax of a real life murder drama. They talk about the murder. To the horror of three of them, it appears that the fourth, gentle Mary, may have been the murderess. When Mary leaves the room, the others consult the Matron as to what steps should be taken; however, on Mary's return a most unexpected telephone conversation sets their fears at rest and leaves them feeling rather foolish. But after they have gone and Mary is left alone, her behavior is strange, to say the least.
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A winter's evening in the lounge of the Grantley Home for Retired Gentlewomen.

Casting

5f
ETHEL
LOUISE
MADGE
MARY
THE MATRON
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Arthur Lovegrove

Arthur Lovegrove (1913-1981) was an actor on stage, film and television. He was also a successful playwright with titles such as Just Another Day and Her Grace Will Be Here.

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