The Clock Strikes Noon

by  Jethro Compton

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

A one act play from The Frontier Trilogy of plays from the Wild West

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The Clock Strikes Noon

by  Jethro Compton

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    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Trapped, guns near empty, the clock is ticking. Walker must make the choice: to do what’s easy, or to do what’s right. The railroad shines like a beacon of the modern age; for the people of Cooper’s Ridge, it brings only darkness.

Part of The Frontier Trilogy: three one act plays with the all the drama, atmosphere and exctiement of the Old West. The plays can each be performed seperately, or together as part of the complete trilogy.

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"Direct and punchy." - The Stage 

"Tense and’s satisfying to drink in the whisky-soaked ambience." - Time Out Edinburgh 


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Betrayal, Death


Performing Groups

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


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Wild West
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The Chapel of Emmanuel, North of Canyon Falls, America, Spring 1864
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


3m, 1f
BENJAMIN ‘BEN’ WALKER – A farmer, running for sheriff. 30-40. He is calm, confident, and strong. He is a natural leader who easily commands the respect of those around him.
SHERIFF FELIX JACKSON – A lawman and farm owner. 30-40. Crippled with paranoia and insecurity, he is defensive and relentlessly hostile. 
LILLIAN ‘MISS LILY’ DAVENPORT – Daughter of COLONEL DAVENPORT, head of the American Pacific Railroad. 25-35. She is calm, level-headed and aggressively well spoken. She hides her true nature beneath a veneer of polite civility. 
FATHER MANOAH – The priest at The Chapel of Emmanuel. 30-40. He is powerful and has a gravity that demands men listen to his words.
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Jethro Compton

Jethro Compton is a writer, director and independent theatre producer. His most notable production is the stage adaptation of the classic Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. His most recent theatre work includes, Blood Red Moon, The Clock Strikes Noon and The Rattlesnake's Kiss, three original Western plays ...

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The Clock Strikes Noon premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2015 under the direction of Jethro Compton.

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