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Twas The Night Before Xmas

A Comedy
by Dave Butler published December 2013


Suitable for Adult Groups

Price: 4.00

A hilarious comedy set in Dublin about a burglar who breaks into a mansion and causes havoc. Winner of the SCDA Play On Words Competition 2013. Adjudicator Ron Nicol described it thus: 'Well planned with rounded characters and flowing dialogue - this is assured writing, absorbing, entertaining and full of fun.'


It's the night before Xmas and small-time crook Jimmy the Weed breaks into the house of former developer and rugby international Peter Hickey. Discovered when his mobile goes off, he is soon overpowered and tied up by a drunken Hickey, but manages to convince him he's Jack, the brother of team-mate Frank Wilson. Then the formidable Serena Hickey arrives, in the company of Frank Wilson, and Jimmy, sensing the simmering rivalries underneath the triangle, plays one off against the other. The stakes are raised higher yet with the arrival of police Sergeant Billy Long. Relying entirely on his wits, Jimmy somehow manages to be left in charge of the house!


Players: 3 male 2 female


Cast: Jack (Jimmy the Weed), Peter Hickey, Serena Hickey, Frank Wilson, Sgt Wilhelmina (Billy) Long


Sets: The living room of a Dublin mansion


Period: The present


Running Time: 55 minutes


Notes: Production notes supplied


Download Sample Script: Twas The Night Before Xmas


ISBN: 978-1-907307-59-1


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