Category Archives: Short Plays

Below is a collection of ten minute plays I have written in the last few years. A number have been performed as part of short play festivals and similar events throughout Australia and further abroad. All scripts are free to download and perform. I don’t ask for any fees or royalties for their use, however attribution is appreciated. If you do use one my scripts in a production be sure to let me know. It’s always fun knowing where my plays have been produced and by whom. You can email me at: greg@nowordfor.com.

Stargazers

Stargazers-Poster-webSynopsis
Two teenagers, Denny and Becky, are enjoying a romantic evening under the stars when they are rudely interrupted by Denny’s father, the nutty professor Dr Ludwig. Now Denny has a decision to make – a decision that could be out of this world.

Tagline
Infinite universe. Infinite possibilities.

Cast
2 male, 1 female

Production History
“Stargazers” was first produced at the Ten X 10 Play Fest 2016 (Wagga Wagga). It was directed by Saasha McMillan.

It has also been produce at:

  • Short+Sweet Canberra 2016
  • Short+Sweet Hollywood 2016
  • Short+Sweet Manila 2016

Awards / Prizes

  • Winner Judge’s Choice, Short+Sweet Hollywood Week 1, 2016
  • Gala Finalist, Short+Sweet Hollywood 2016

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Stargazers (pdf 118kb)

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Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection

Brendan Kelly and Rob de FriesSynopsis
Moving house is always stressful, but when Beth’s father turns up to help Beth and Dale move into their new apartment, things quickly go from stressful to downright awkward.

Tagline
No need to be embarrassed.

Cast
2 male, 1 female

Production History
“Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection” was first produced at Unwrap Me (a Budding Theatre production) at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra, 2014. It was directed by Greg Gould and featured Alison McGregor as Beth, Rob de Fries (pictured) as Phil, and Brendan Kelly (pictured) as Dale.

It has also been produce at:

  • Short+Sweet South India 2017

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Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection (pdf 38kb)

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Last Drinks

Image from Last DrinksSynopsis
Mel’s partners keep dying. Ben can’t die, no matter how hard he tries. Did destiny bring these two lost souls together? What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

Tagline
A bride walks into a bar …

Cast
1 male, 1 female

Production History
“Last Drinks” was first produced at Short + Sweet Auckland 2013. It was directed by Matt Baker and featured Rohan Glynn as Ben, and Rachael Blampied as Mel.

It has also been produced at:

  • Short + Sweet Canberra 2013
  • Short + Sweet Melbourne 2013
  • Short + Sweet Brisbane 2013
  • Short + Sweet Dubai 2014
  • Short + Sweet Sydney 2014
  • Short + Sweet Manila 2014
  • Short + Sweet Bengaluru 2014
  • Shorter + Sweeter: The Best of Short+Sweet 2015 (Dubai & Abu Dhabi)
  • Shorts on Stage (Noosa Arts Theatre) 2016
  • Best of Crash Test (Budding Theatre) 2016
  • At The Gates (Variety Show) 2016
  • L’amour et la mort – Love and death in a French Restaurant (Ally Cat Productions) 2016

Awards / Prizes

  • Winner People’s Choice, Short + Sweet Canberra 2013
  • Winner People’s Choice, Crash Test Drama Canberra #1, 2012
  • Winner People’s Choice, Crash Test Drama Canberra Season One Final, 2013
  • Winner Best Script, Crash Test Drama Canberra Season One Final, 2013
  • Gala Finalist, Short + Sweet Auckland 2013
  • Gala Finalist, Short + Sweet Dubai 2014
  • Shortlisted, Pint‐Sized Plays Competition 2014

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Smart Jimmy, Slow Bob

Image of Smart Jimmy, Slob Bob actos

Image by 3 Fates Media

Synopsis
When Jimmy’s dim-witted brother, Bobby, screws up a hit for the boss, Jimmy has to clean up the mess. But when Sally, the sister of Bobby’s intended victim, turns up, Jimmy’s job gets a lot more complicated.

Tagline
He had one job: kill the kid.

Cast
2 male, 1 female

Production History
“Smart Jimmy, Slow Bob” was first produced at Short + Sweet Canberra 2012. It was directed by Margaret Allen and featured Scott Rutar as Slow Bob (pictured), Dan Holliday as Smart Jimmy (pictured), and Cara Matthews as Sally.

It has also been produced at:

  • Echoes of … 2015 (a 906 Theatre Company producion, Chicago USA)
  • Short + Sweet Sydney 2013
  • Short + Sweet Melbourne 2012
  • Short + Sweet Mumbai 2012

Awards / Prizes

  • Winner Best Overall Production, Short + Sweet Canberra 2012
  • Winner People’s Choice, Short + Sweet Canberra 2012—Week 2
  • Nominated for Best Script, Short + Sweet Canberra 2012

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Smart Jimmy, Slow Bob (pdf 60kb)

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The Unexpected

Image of actors reading a script

Image by Trevar Alan Chilver

Synopsis
Lisa’s a wreck. She’s unexpectedly expecting and has no idea how to tell her husband. But that’s the least of her problems when Jeannie, her seventeen year old daughter, reveals some unexpected news of her own.

Tagline
She just found out she’s expecting, but she wasn’t expecting this …

Cast
2 female, 1 male

Production History
“The Unexpected” was first produced at the Ten Minute Quickies at Eltham Little Theatre, Victoria, in May 2014. It was directed by Brad Buckingham and featured Audrey Farthing as Lisa, Kate de Bomford as Jeannie, and Tony Adams as Robert.

It has also been produced at:

  • The TenX10 Play Fest 2014 (Wagga Wagga, NSW)
  • Short + Sweet Canberra 2014
  • Short + Sweet Sydney 2016
  • Short + Sweet Dubai 2016

Awards / Prizes

  • Finalist in The Ten Minute Quickies Short Play Competition, 2014
  • Winner People’s Choice, Crash Test Drama Canberra #3, 2013
  • Winner Best Script, Crash Test Drama Canberra #3, 2013

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The Unexpected (pdf 110kb)

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The Truth About Mum and Dad

Synopsis
Rachael is shocked to find her father’s car parked outside a brothel. But when she calls her brother Jason for support, she discovers that there is a lot more to mum and dad’s sex life than she ever wanted to know.

Tagline
Parents. We know they do. We pretend they don’t.

Cast
1 male, 1 female

Production History
“The Truth About Mum and Dad” was first produced at Short+Sweet Brisbane 2015. It was directed by Shae Riches and featured Ben Knapton as Jason and Samantha Sherrin as Rachael.

It has also been produced at:

  • Short + Sweet Canberra 2015

Awards / Prizes

  • Winner People’s Choice, Short+Sweet Canberra 2015
  • Winner Best Script, Short+Sweet Canberra 2015
  • Winner Judge’s Choice, Short+Sweet Brisbane Week 1, 2015
  • Longlisted, Pint‐Sized Plays Competition 2015
  • Winner People’s Choice, Crash Test Drama Canberra #6, 2014

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The Truth About Mum and Dad (pdf 116kb)

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Limbo

Image of two mysterious doorsSynopsis
After tragically slipping in the shower, a Newcomer arrives in limbo and learns that even in death there are important choices to be made.

Tagline
Which door have you chosen?

Cast
2 characters (either gender)

Production History
“Limbo” was first produced at Damned if you Duo 4—Voyage of the Damned at the Belconnen Theatre, ACT in 2008.

It has also been produced at:

  • The TenX10 Play Fest 2013 (Wagga Wagga, NSW)
  • L’amour et la mort – Love and death in a French Restaurant (Ally Cat Productions) 2016

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Limbo (pdf 74kb)

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Roll For Initiative

Image of a Dungeons and Dragons die

Image by janet galore

Synopsis
Graag the Great, Sissdra the Enchantress and Sir Brandon have just slain the evil dragon overlord of Shadowbridge. But do these mighty heroes know who they have saved? Or why?

Tagline
What role do you play?

Cast
3 male, 1 female

Production History
“Roll For Initiative” was first produced at Nothing is Sacred at Smith’s Alternative, ACT, in July 2014. It was directed by Arne Sjostedt and featured Josh Knol as Graag, Brendan Kelly as The Dungeon Master, John Lombard as Sir Brandon, and Jess Waterhouse as Sissdra.

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Roll For Initiative (pdf 130kb)

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