Practice to Deceive

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 5f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

The gruesome discovery of several dead bodies on the moor sparks a police investigation and a heavy media presence in the remote North Yorkshire Village of Chellingford. When Adrian Brooks shows up at Jessica Scanlon's cottage, however, it is with another line of enquiry in mind. His sister, Laura, …

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Practice to Deceive

by  Norman Robbins

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    3m, 5f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
  • SubGenre

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    Mystery/Thriller

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The gruesome discovery of several dead bodies on the moor sparks a police investigation and a heavy media presence in the remote North Yorkshire Village of Chellingford. When Adrian Brooks shows up at Jessica Scanlon's cottage, however, it is with another line of enquiry in mind. His sister, Laura, has disappeared, and he thinks watercolour artist Jessica might be able to help him find her. Jessica's friend Etta has also gone missing, and when she is called upon to identify of the bodies discovered by the police, she confirms that it is Etta. But Jessica's landlady Mildred seems to have other ideas. A mysterious suicide, an elaborate insurance scam and the arrival of nosy true crime writer Diana Wishart create further layers of intrigue that lead to a thrilling denouement.

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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Casting

3m, 5f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
ADRIAN BROOKES - late 30s
MILDRED MCBRIDE - late 60s
GAVIN PURDIE - 40s
DONALD CAFFREY - about 70
JESSICA SCANLON - early 40s
DIANA WISHART - 20s
SUSAN TONKS - slightly older than Diana
RHODA BRADSTOCK - 50s
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Norman Robbins

Norman, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operett ...

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