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Breaking News

A Comedy
by Helena Sheridan published 2009


Suitable for Adult Groups

Price: 4.00

This engaging comedy by Helena Sheridan gained First Prize in the Scottish Association of Writers drama awards, and has since been adapted and excerpts made into a short film by students of the Performing Arts Department at Ayr College.


Pensioner Stanley Appleton has fallen off a ladder and broken his leg while attempting a spot of DIY. His well-meaning neighbour, Cassy Bradshaw, has phoned for an ambulance to take him to hospital and contacted his son Philip and daughter-in-law Olivia, in Edinburgh. Olivia dislikes Stanley and wants him placed in a home for the elderly. Philip disagrees, but finds it hard to stand up to his overbearing wife. Stanley has his own ideas, and shocks them both by announcing his engagement to Meredith Thompson. However, he is not the only one with a secret!


Players: 2 male 3 female parts


Cast: Philip Appleton, Olivia Appleton, Stanley Appleton, Meredith Thompson, Cassy Bradshaw


Sets: A living room


Period: Modern


Running Time: 40 minutes


Download Sample Script: Breaking News


ISBN: ISBN 978-1-907307-03-4


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