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Plays by Alan Richardson


Platform Party
One Act Comedy

  • First performed in the SCDA One Act Festival, February 1984
  • 42 Productions in the UK
  • Festival awards for winning play, best production, best comedy, best actor, most promising actor and most promising actress
  • Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson

Characters (3m 3f or 2m 4f plus supernumeraries)

Mrs Madge Davenport: Chairperson of the Festival Organising Committee 
Miss Rowena Evans: Presenting the trophies
Miss Cartwright: Representing the sponsors
Councillor Wilson: Assistant Convener of the Executive Committee of the District Council Department of Recreation and Sport
Mr Gilbert Hamnell: The Adjudicator
John (or Jan) Mitchell: Festival stage director
Supernumeraries:  As audience, club representatives and stage crew

The Setting: The stage of a theatre on the last night of an amateur drama festival

Running Time: 35 minutes


It's the last night of another drama festival. The teams have done their bit and anxiously await the adjudicator's final verdict, but before the glittering prizes can be awarded, there are speeches galore from the chairman, the sponsor and the inevitable local dignitary, not to mention the prize draw and some problems with the new lighting board.

Especially written to be performed at drama festivals, this satirical view of a time-honoured ritual offers not only six very recognisable character parts but also a limitless number of supernumeraries onstage, offstage and even amongst the audience.

The Mercators The Mercators The Mercators

The play went like a dream from the moment the curtain opened... The audience were absolutely fantastic and joined in with us from start to finish” - Peninver Players

Hugely appreciated by the audience” - Brechin Advertiser

A masterpiece of observational comedy” - S.C.D.A. One Act Festival adjudicator

St. Kentigern's Academy Youth Theatre