The Butler Did It & Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind & Start of Term at Grunge Hill - A Trio of Spoofs


Roger Poole

Published by SchoolPlay Productions

Large Mixed Cast
The Butler Did It - a farcical whodunnit in which Cutler, the butler, admits his guilt to the audience but succeeds in hiding it from dim detective, Seymour Clewes. After three fatal poisonings, the culprit is exposed by young Lucy and Ernest.

Cast : 9 (5 m, 4 f) Suggested Age Range : 12 - 18. Running Time : 30 - 35 minutes. Music : The play ends with knockabout dancing to the Can-Can. Set : The Drawing Room of Codliver Hall.

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind - when two New York-bound Space aliens ask the Nerd family of West Bromwich for directions, confusion and misunderstanding result. After meeting Nerd relatives, friends and neighbours, the visitors decide that communication with Earthlings is impossible and settle for taking a live specimen home with them instead.

Cast : 11 (6m, 5f). Suggested Age Range : 12 - 18. Running Time : 20 - 25 minutes. Set : A sitting room with basic furniture.

Start of Term at Grunge Hill - every pupil's wildest imaginings about what goes on behind the staff room door! On the first day of term staff face the problem of protecting wealthy new boy, Jeremy Foxtrot, from Year 11 tough Neville Knuckles. As things turn out, however, this is not their real problem at all.

Cast : 16 (9m, 7f). Suggested Age Range : 12 - 18. Running Time : 20 - 25 minutes. Set : The staff room at Grunge Hill School.

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