and sketches by Kay Macauliffe
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Accidents Will Happen
Mime. Many accidents befall four women in a living room, trying to put
up a `Safety in the Home' poster.
published by Kenyon-Deane in Five more Mimes for Women
According to Plan
A morning of wedding preparations. A widow is to marry her childhood
sweetheart; but she has second thoughts, and her change of heart throws
her family into confusion.
This play won a silver cup for the best comedy at the Beckenham One
Act Play Festival in 1961. "Has not only credibility but warmth
and sincerity" - Amateur Stage Vol. XXXIII, Nov., 1978
Ian Henry Publications 1978
All Sir Garnet
Lucy, an old servant, tells the new occupants of a cottage about two
previous inhabitants, shown in flashback; a mystery is solved and a
At the Black Eagle Inn
Lady Nelson and Horatia, Lady Hamilton's daughter, meet at a Merton
Be My Guest
A comedy of misunderstandings when Mary's friends confuse the identities
of her mother-in-law and a women's organization's visiting speaker.
A duologue. A woman wakes up in her friend's house, with no recollection
of the events of the night before.
Behind the Curtain (originally titled Beginners, Please)
During a play rehearsal, the mystery of the sudden death of the actress
who formerly played the lead is solved. Includes dialogue between actresses
playing Mary Tudor and her sister Elizabeth.
Chaotic events precede the women's Bowls competition, with misunderstandings
and high tempers.
A Christmas Carol
Adapted as a mime with narration from Charles Dickens' story. Only one
speaking part, the Commère. Ideal for Christmas parties and Old
in Double Bill, Kenyon-Deane 1964
A potted pantomime in verse with theme of smokeless fuel.
in Double Bill, Kenyon-Deane 1964
One speaking part, for Commère. Needs up to thirteen women (parts
can be doubled) and a pianist.
Townswomens Guild Play Bank
A Cuckoo for Christmas (originally titled Sing Little Birdie)
Beryl's desire for a truly peaceful Christmas is frustrated as her guest,
Alice, has a phobia about birds, and birds of all sorts seem to converge
in her house.
A funny yet touching littleplay, obviously aimed at the TG/WI drama
groups, both well written and original. - Amateur Stage
New Playwrights' Network / Cressrelles Publishing Co
The 80th birthday of a former suffragette now in an old people's home,
with visits from relations providing surprises.
Evans 1973/ Samuel French
Full Steam Ahead
During a women's organization's meeting, a melodramatic play is read
- or misread.
Evans 1966/ Samuel French
I Shall Not Cease: the Story of Blenheim Palace
About the first Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, and her fight
to build Blenheim Palace. Set in 1753.
Clementine Churchill commented in a letter, on being sent a copy of
this play, "I think your rendering of Sarah in her old age excellent."
The Little Foundling
A `rehearsal' employing the devices of Victorian melodrama interspersed
with `out-of-character' comments, with faux-pas and assorted disasters.
The Little Heir
The producer of an amateur drama group has written a play. She is delighted
when they offer to give it a reading for her - until they start!
This play has been translated into Dutch, as De Kleine Jonke.
Looking for Romance
A cockney woman and a foreigner meet in a café.
Many Happy Returns!
A charade in three scenes: Happy Birthday!, A Piece of Cake,
and Welcome to the W.I.! The first two can be performed separately.
In Happy Birthday! Mother astonishes her three daughters on her 80th
birthday. The Wimbledon local paper called this "a nicely balanced
mixture of pathos and gentle humour".
In A Piece of Cake two suspicious visitors to the home of two sisters
are foiled by the wits of one of them.
In Welcome to the W.I., chaotic events during a meeting appal a prospective
A play within a play, set out-doors, for Fetes, etc., with folk dancing
and a musician.
Now and Then
Scenes set in 1747, 1847 and 1947, with successive Lady Meadows.
One Touch of Nature
Mime. A class preparing to receive a distinguished visitor is thrown
into chaos when their leader develops hiccups, and they try various
methods of curing them.
in Five More Mimes for Women, Kenyon-Deane
The Price of Pride
A proud mother, who despises failures, is brought to realize, by her
daughter-in-law, that she has failed her own son.
in Last-minute Sketches, Kenyon-Deane 1972
Red Letter Day
On the day of Sybil's driving test, further mishaps are added to those
she has already incurred in striving to learn to drive.
Evans 1968 / Samuel French
Myra is running the village fete, and asks her famous actress sister
to open it. The sister gets a better offer, and plans to let down the
village, but is persuaded to stay.
Something to Celebrate
In the home of the Chairwoman of the local Townswomen's Guild, the day
before their Open Day, a colourful assortment of ladies gather together
in preparation, and all discover they have something to celebrate.
This play won the National Townswomens' Guild play competition in 1978.
The adjudicator called it "A good, lively comedy, amusing and convincing".
Time Will Tell
A murder play. Old Mrs Beams drives her daughter-in-law to desperate,
grim measures, hoping to inherit her house.
What Do You Think?
Five unfinished playlets to stimulate discussion
Townswomens' Guild Play Bank
Would You Believe It?
Six women in the house. Who has stolen the money and the necklace?
You Can't Be Too Careful
Monologue. Mother-in-law visiting daughter-in-law supine in hospital
recounts a series of disasters that have befallen her husband and home.
in Last-Minute Sketches, Kenyon-Deane 1978