The Dock Brief

by  John Mortimer

Short Play, Drama  /  2m

"Be prepared to laugh!" - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles

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The Dock Brief

by  John Mortimer

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)

Additional Info

Performed in London and on American television and stage with What Shall We Tell Caroline? A seedy lawyer has been waiting for years to make a grandstand defense. He is assigned to defend an innocuous little man accused of murdering his wife. The man cheerfully admits his guilt; he simply couldn't stand his wife's constant joking and laughing. The trial ends and the verdict is a foregone conclusion. The lawyer begs his client to let him appeal. Ironically the man is reprieved because of the ineptitude of his defense.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Mortimer’s dialogue sparkles in its lovely mid-century fashion." - Stage Raw

"Be prepared to laugh!" - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles

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Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: A prison cell.

Casting

2m
MORGENHALL - an unsuccessful barrister
FOWLE - an unsuccessful criminal
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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John Mortimer

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