Mark A.Casson and his theatre script company, ActUpStar, have written a wide range of one-act and full length theatre plays. They are available to perform by primary schools, secondary schools, solo performers, drama groups or theatre companies.
ActUpStar has over twenty plays with plenty of action for drama classes, school productions, performing arts or theatre groups shows. Speaking and non-speaking roles, minimal settings, few props and varying performance lengths. Read more about ActUpStar plays at www.actupstar.com
Mark A.Casson plays
The following one-act and full length plays have been produced by professional, local and independent theatre companies. Some of these plays have been performed on radio.
Playmarket Agency issues performance licences, manages royalty payments, and circulates plays to producers and theatres in NZ and internationally. Read more about the following plays on the Playmarket website.
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!
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
Two Gnomes, A Fishing Pole And A Crusty Tale
Licensing and production enquiries
Slater and Moirette are under threat from a mysterious person called Scundenthorpe.
Pinteresque tale of menace. Cast: 2
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
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
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
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
After weeks of rehearsal finally word arrives that the performance rights for the school production have been revoked.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
A black comedy involving a chance encounter on a train and Rachael's race to Gore leaving a gory trail. Cast: 3
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
The South Otago Aerobics team plan to do a fundraising display but plans soon start to fall apart. Cast: 6
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
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
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
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
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
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
A before-and-after account, by Mrs Fish, of the Prime Minister's official visit to the urinal where she cleans. Cast: 1
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
Routine is upset when Eunice invites company for tea on a Tuesday. A murderously funny two-hander. Cast: 2
Two gnomes discuss life's vicissitudes. Cast: 2
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.
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