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The Bailie’s Stratagem
Comedy  (4m 3f)  Period - 18th Century

Bailie William Provan's scheme to become the next town Provost is hilariously hindered by political intrigue and romantic misunderstandings.

Alan Richardson's comedy moves at a brisk pace and keeps the pot
 boiling nicely
” - Amateur Stage


Humbie Players

The Black Ring
Drama  (3m 4f)  Period - 18th Century

Five coach passengers stranded at a remote roadside Inn find themselves at the mercy of a notorious highwayman. Most popular Scottish one act play with over 70 performances.

Winner of the Scott Salver for best original play in the 1978 SCDA One Act Festival 


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The Broken Band
Drama  (2m 2f)  Period - 1513

The day after the disastrous battle at Flodden. Four Scottish survivors, facing the dangerous journey home, remain divided by mistrust and conflict between themselves. 


The Barony Players

Farewell Ploy
Comedy  (4m 4f)  Period - Early 16th Century

After years of feuding, a peace treaty between Sir Archibald Brodie and his English neighbour, Sir Henry Milburn, seems a forlorn hope, but his wife, Lady Kate is not to be thwarted. This play is also available in a full length version titled Brodie the Broadsword.

Winner of the Scott Salver for best original play in the 1977 SCDA One Act Festival 

Carnoustie Theatre Club

A Fine Gentleman
Comedy  (3m 3f)  Period - 1763

A young gentleman goes midnight courting with the aid of a ladder, a convenient window, and a scheming maid. His plans to elope are foiled by a blunderbuss, but the intervention of an Italian painter changes his luck.
This is a delightful play. The fun is fast and furious” - Amateur Stage
  

 

Katch Theatre

Liddesdale
Drama  (3m 3f)  Period - 1565

An innocent family become unwittingly involved in a violent feud between the powerful families of Scott and Elliot. The play is an unromantic and realistic depiction of the darkest side of 16th century border life.  

Winner of the 1978 SCDA One Act playwriting Competition  "The tale is told with fine dramatic impact and the characters are particularly well drawn" - Amateur Stage 

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 A Tale o' Twa Undertakers  
Black Comedy  (4m 3f)  Period - Late Victorian

Two brothers run rival funeral parlours in the same street. A partnership would seem a sensible arrangement, but the men prefer to squabble. That is until one eventful morning changes everything.

Winner of the 1974 SCDA One Act Playwriting Competition   
A tale of great humour” - Amateur Stage

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Telltale  
Drama  (2m 2f)  Period - 1715

Careless talk jeopardises a Jacobite plot to capture Edinburgh Castle. The play is based on a true incident.

“A tense and well written play - Amateur Stage 

 

Edinburgh People's Theatre

The Auld Alliance
Comedy/Drama  (4m 5f)  Period - 1815

A shipwreck, missing treasure and two romances. Intrigue and mystery, set against the background of the Napoleonic Wars.

A colourful play with romance and drama, but also with homely warmth and humour” - Amateur Stage 

Saughtonhall Drama Group

Brodie the Broadsword
Comedy  (4m 5f)  Period - Early 16th Century

After years of feuding, a peace treaty between Sir Archibald Brodie and his English neighbour, Sir Henry Milburn, seems a forlorn hope, but his wife, Lady Kate, is not to be thwarted. Most popular Scottish full length play.

Winner of the 1975 SCDA Playwriting Competition    “Full of laughs galore” - Hawick News

Leitheatre

The Comedy of the Marks
Comedy  (4m 4f)  Period - 17th Century

Take a splash of Commedia Dell'Arte, blend with wry Scottish humour and mix into a Venetian setting for a hilarious brew. Created for an Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere.

An updated version of Commedia Dell'Arte that gains in comedy from the transition... Hilarious” - Amateur Stage

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Nicht O' The Blunt Claymore
Comedy  (6m 4f)  Period - 1746

A family with Jacobite sympathies are obliged to act as hosts to a  Hanoverian rebel-hunter. Their troubles are complicated by an illicit still, a fugitive rebel and a company of redcoats.

 Winner of the 1973 SCDA Playwriting Competition