The Drummer

by  Athol Fugard

10 Minute Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m

In this short piece lacking dialogue but packing power, a homeless man finds brief musical joy when he discovers a pair of drumsticks in a trashcan.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

In this short piece lacking dialogue but packing power, a homeless man finds brief musical joy when he discovers a pair of drumsticks in a trashcan.

Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: a city sidewalk
  • Additional Features: Mime
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m
THE MAN – homeless person rifling through garbage cans in search of something he can use
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include The Captain's Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloe ...

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The Drummer was first commissioned and produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville on February 27, 1980. It was directed by Michael Hankins.

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