NUMB NUTS by Ben Henderson

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Over 35 theatres in the UK are at risk. Year on year cuts in funding to the Arts. A 1% employment rate amongst professional actors. An inability of theatre to access lucrative advertising and sponsorship revenue. A general insouciance in the great British public who are broadly content with satellite television.

To compete with Sky, Virgin Media and the like, the Numb Nuts Satellite Theatrical Agency has had Domestic Theatres installed in homes across the land. The home owners must believe they still have complete control of what they choose to watch. Each Home Theatre comes with its own outsized remote control. The contracted actors must enter the homes surreptitiously, and live unseen and unheard by the residents when they’re not performing. The whole deceit is made entirely feasible with the use of the Agency’s specially formulated spray – Numb Nuts!

A madcap farce written to draw attention to the important work of The Theatres Trust.

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CHARACTERS

THE ACTORS:

Frances/Francis

Dorian

Noelle/ Noel

Only Dorian n need be male. Open casting as to age of all three and sex of the other characters. These characters are dressed in black. The script may readily be adapted as to how it’s cast.

THE COUPLE:

Kim

Bernie (Bernard/ Bernadette)

Open casting as to age and sex. This may be a straight or gay couple.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

First performed by Alternate Shadows, at the Duncan Rand One- Act Play Festival held at Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, Kent ,where it won Best Comedy Play,Adjudicators Award,  & Ensemble Award.

 

REVIEWS

(extracts from the Adjudicator’s Review) ‘This is a very clever, very funny and relevant play. It makes a sadly, serious point in a ridiculous farce. I laughed out loud while reading this highly innovative script.

RUNNING TIME

Approx 38-40 minutes

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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