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Nancy McPherson


Nancy McPherson

Nancy spends much of her time directing. Her production of Linda McLean’s ‘One Good Beating’ in 2008 won the best director award at the Scottish Final of the One-Act Festival and also won the British Final.

However, her main passion is writing. Her first pantomime, ‘Calamity Jeannie’ was published in 1986 and her first play, ‘Camouflage’ – which has reached the Scottish Finals twice - was published in 1988. 

Since stopping work in 2009, Nancy’s creative energy has been channelled into writing again.  Her recently published ‘Becoming Maggie’, a one-act play set in the 1940s, and ‘The Night I Danced With Cyd Charisse’, collectively won seven trophies in the SCDA 2010 One-Act Festival. 

Nancy has recently written three new one-act plays which are having debut performances in 2011 – one of these, ‘Waste Management’ won the Glasgow District round of the 2011 One-Act Festival, and was subsequently runner-up at the Scottish Finals in Inverness.


Scripts by this Author


Cinderella - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups

The traditional story of Cinderella with all the familiar characters - the dashing Prince Charming, Dandini, the hilarious Swanky and Manky (the Ugly Sisters) and the unlucky-in-love Buttons. The addition of some very funny Scottish characters - King Airchie and Queen Isa of Caledonia, along with Fatchance and Naechance, the hapless Palace guards - injects a lot of humour. There is also much hilarity and action from Boab the Dug, the pet dog that Buttons keeps secretly in the Baron's house.

Excess Baggage - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups

Nancy McPherson's new play is a comedy set in a health spa and has strong roles for six women. Winner of EK Rep One-Act Play Festival May 2012 and winner of trophy for best staging.

Fusion - One Act Play Scripts - Drama - Adult Groups

Winner of the Scott Salver Competition 2012, this powerful drama describes the tensions within a once happy family which surface during a cocktail party.

Jack & The Beanstalk - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups

A pantomime with a Scottish flavour. Nancy McPherson's new version of the classic tale has the perfect mix of fun characters and very funny dialogue. "A good, novel pantomime written with the family in mind, its full of fun and frivolity, jokes and silly nonsense, with a good smattering of visual comedy." - Amateur Stage Magazine, April 2012. Read John Hicks's full article below.

Made Up - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups

Sequel to the award-winning Waste Management, describes Danny and Lindas continuing efforts to preserve their fragile relationship.

Night I Danced With Cyd Charisse, The - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups

A comedy for three men and two women set in a garage workshop. "We can relate to and sympathise with the (male)characters ... the female characters make the whole thing gel. I enjoyed reading this script and would recommend it as a festival piece." - Amateur Stage

Snow White - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups

Nancy McPherson's version of the much-loved tale is very Scottish and very funny. It's also well-plotted, full of lively characters and will delight all devotees of panto.

Waste Management - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups

Nancy McPherson's acclaimed comedy/drama about a couple who meet at a recycling bank after a split-up. Please note that this play is available in Scots and in Standard English. "This is a beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing and very clever piece." - Scene

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