Theatre

A wide range of one-act and full length theatre plays are available for performance by primary schools, secondary schools, solo performers, drama groups or theatre companies.

ActUpStar plays

ActUpStar has over twenty plays that are fun, exciting and with plenty of action. They've a good range of speaking and non-speaking roles, minimal settings, few props and different performance lengths. They can easily be adapted to suit production needs around student numbers and settings. Use them in drama classes, school productions, performing arts or theatre groups shows. Read more about ActUpStar plays at www.actupstar.com

Mark A.Casson plays

Mark has also written a large number of theatre plays which are listed below. To find out more about these plays please contact Playmarket.

A Shallow Grave for the Falling Tear
Aerobics, Music, Lights, Action
Book Clubs, Sports Teams and Dance Classes
C’mon: Celebrating 60s, 70s and 80s New Zealand
Man With Head
Our School’s Great, Big, Variety Show Now On!
Rail Friends
Soldier Stale
Stretch
The Birthday Stain
The Brooding Sin
The Burning of Willi Bruell and the Reincarnation of Ben Chuckles
The Coloured Room Through The B&W Window
The Great Squat And The Potato
The Tin Cross
The Urinal, Mrs Fish And The Prime Minister
Touch Sevens
Tuesday's Stranger
Two Gnomes, A Fishing Pole And A Crusty Tale
ActUpStar plays 
Licensing and production enquiries

A Shallow Grave for the Falling Tear

Slater and Moirette are under threat from a mysterious person called Scundenthorpe. 

Pinteresque tale of menace. Cast:  2

Aerobics, Music, Lights, Action 

Aerobics comes to life as students decide to be a part of a fund-raising performance. Being keen, though, is not the same as being competent and this is apparent after the first rehearsal. However... Cast:  6

Book Clubs, Sports Teams and Dance Classes 

The school sports team win and go through the national finals but unfortunately the school business class loses the sports team’s money through poor investments. Although the school dance team try... Cast:  26

C’mon: Celebrating 60s, 70s and 80s New Zealand

The deadline’s rapidly approaching for a group of students to finish their history assignment on life in 60s, 70s and 80s New Zealand. Each act introduces a new decade. Seven speaking roles...Cast:  6

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Man With Head

Drayton Slythe is a hospital patient.  He tells the story of buying new shoes and laces, his best friend Charlie Chalker, and the Talent Quest. Cast:  2

Our School’s Great, Big, Variety Show Now On!

After weeks of rehearsal finally word arrives that the performance rights for the school production have been revoked. All is gloom until one student suggests creating a production to showcase the...Cast:  16

Rail Friends

A black comedy involving a chance encounter on a train and Rachael's race to Gore leaving a gory trail. Cast:  3

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Soldier Stale

In a room in a strife-torn, bombed-out city, a woman reluctantly allows a stranger to enter.  Shelter, warmth and human companionship have almost become unprocurable. Cast:  2

Stretch

The South Otago Aerobics team plan to do a fundraising display but plans soon start to fall apart. Cast:  6

The Birthday Stain

Frank, just out of prison, Allison, Roxy and Tommy spring a surprise party for Father on his birthday.  Menacing and sardonic, this is a gothic revenge drama. Cast:  5

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The Brooding Sin

Adjante works discontentedly in a cafe.  She meets Max there and they return to the apartment that Adjante shares with Henri.  Henri drives a red Chevrolet, spends a good deal of time in the... Cast:  3

The Burning of Willi Bruell and the Reincarnation of Ben Chuckles

A two-hander set in a crematorium lavatory where two old souls are discussing their past lives and future hopes. But Willi is about to be burned for the last time. Cast:  2

The Coloured Room Through The B&W Window

Theresa and Monica, Siamese twins living in a boarding house run by Mary, are visited by Ben who is keen to move in. Cast:  4

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The Great Squat And The Potato

Rua, Ilam and King Edward, the potato carriers, must outrun the chip mongers AND do business with the coal miners.  Perhaps with co-operation they could all live together happily... Cast:  26

The Tin Cross

Two elderly people confront the world, and the Nursing Van from their park bench, with the support of their family of pet decoy ducks. Cast:  2

The Urinal, Mrs Fish And The Prime Minister

A before-and-after account, by Mrs Fish, of the Prime Minister's official visit to the urinal where she cleans. Cast:  1

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Touch Sevens 

Competition to play in the national finals is fierce between the girls’ and boys’ touch seven rugby teams. Off-field antics ensure on-field anxiety with unexpected results. Game is played among... Cast:  32

Tuesday's Stranger

Routine is upset when Eunice invites company for tea on a Tuesday.  A murderously funny two-hander. Cast:  2

Two Gnomes, A Fishing Pole And A Crusty Tale

Two gnomes discuss life's vicissitudes. Cast:  2

Licensing and production enquiries

The Playmarket Agency issues and manages performance licences, manages royalty payments, circulates plays to producers and theatres in NZ and internationally. For all licensing and performance enquiries contact Playmarket.

Playmarket: Wellington - Level 2, 16 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand Auckland - Level 11, 44 - 52 Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand Mail: P.O.Box 9767, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand. Phone: +64 4 382 8462Fax: +64 4 382 8461 Email: info@playmarket.org.nz Web:  www.playmarket.org.nz

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