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 Two Short Comic Plays

by ANDREW RICE-OXLEY

  The Dastardly Deeds of Lord Swindleham
or
The Reluctant Regent
 Cast:  17 m (but some parts variable).
 Suggested Age Range:  10 to 14.
 Approx. Running Time:  35 minutes.
 Music:  None (except recommended recorded music at the start of the play).
 Set:  Alternates between Larsony Wood in the Kingdom of Rogaria and the Royal Court of Rogaria.
 Synopsis:  A mediaeval-flavoured tale set in the murky past, involving a missing king and a corrupt minister ruling in his place. Honest rogues, a charlatan magician and a good, wise politician (!) join forces to oust the villainous Lord Swindleham. Even so, only the intervention of a higher power with genuine magic enable them to achieve their ends and restore order to the Kingdom of Rogaria.
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Performance at:
Merchant Taylors'
School, Crosby, Lancashire, 1982

The Ratbusters
 Cast:  20 speaking parts ( 6 m, 14 variable ) + crowd.
 Suggested Age Range:  10 to 14.
 Approx. Running Time:  40 - 45 minutes.
 Music:  None
 Set:  Market place; a room in the Town Hall; and a street.
 Synopsis:  A modern version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin with humanoid rats and a quirky team of "Ratbusters"- in the Ghostbusters mould (loosely!). Plenty of characters, including conscientious though incompetent policemen; manic action; and a moral which gets a little mangled along the way by the unscrupulous mayor.
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Price Codes: 

 Script:  Code B
 Performance Rights:
 The Dastardly Deeds of Lord  Swindleham
Code Z

 Licence To Copy:
 The Dastardly Deeds of Lord  Swindleham
Code Z
 
 Performance Rights:
 The Ratbusters
Code Z
 Licence to Copy:
 The Ratbusters
Code Z
 Video Recording Licence: Code H

ISBN 978 1 872475 90 5

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