The Three Musketeers by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 11 characters, 8 Men, 3 Women (extras casting possible)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: This epic full-length romp, suitable for a family audience, captures the spirit of Dumas’ classic without slavishly lifting it line by line. It follows D’Artagnan’s quest to become a musketeer against the background of royalist and religious plotting and power struggles — with more than a few laughs on the way. Whilst playable by 3 f and 8 m, there is scope to use more actors.

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John Chambers
E-mail: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

The Three Musketeers was first presented by the Library Theatre Company, Manchester, U.K., in July, 1988.

Stiff Stuff by John Chambers

Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Ranging from a back street Manchester pub to an Oxford dinner table, Stiff Stuff melds an audacious array of characters, including a salesman on the edge, a celebrity footballer, and a professor of nonsense verse, into a wildly inventive collage of modern life. 

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Amateur and professional rights:
John Chambers
E-mail: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

Stiff Stuff was first presented by the Library Theatre Company, Manchester, U.K., in July, 1988.

Small’s World by John Chambers

Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ One Act, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Jamie has a secret fixation, and every Tuesday evening he amuses this fetish by wearing his mother’s skimpiest undergarments. He presses “play” and dances his way into another world, a happier world. Every week he looks forward to his one-man party, but one evening his mother comes home early and finds her son in mid-enjoyment. She is less than pleased.

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John Chambers
E-mail: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

Small’s World was first presented by the Real Life Theatre Company, Manchester, in March 2009

Silver Lining by John Chambers

Drama/ 4 characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Silver Lining looks at what happens when the rhythms of a life — to many, a life that is mundane, decidedly unglamorous, usually unappreciated — are disrupted by catastrophic events. Though written in the 1990s, it is set in the late ’60s during the first Foot and Mouth epidemic, and anticipates more recent outbreaks. Beyond the apparent lack of hope and (literal) shit of life for poor farmers, we find courage, humour, poetry and love.

 

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John Chambers
Email: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John’s stage plays include: Stiff Stuff; Shouting at the Radio; Raw Material; Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Any More; Robin Hood – The Raven’s Revenge – all at the Library Theatre Company where he was Arts Council Resident Dramatist; Two Wheel Tricycle (Contact Theatre); Silver Lining (Oldham Coliseum); Yoiks Oiks (Bolton Octagon); The Marigold Trilogy (Real Life Theatre. M.E.N. Best Fringe Award); Balling the Blues (One Step); City of Gold (Arden).

John has written three epics for Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons – Tales of King Arthur, Jungle Book and The Three Musketeers, and several pieces for/with young people at Manchester Youth Theatre and M6 where he was also Resident Writer.

Co-written theatre work includes: Scandals – The Life & Liver of Frank Randlewith Keith Clifford (which John also directed); Crazy People with Marvin Close (LTC); I’m Marrying Ryan Giggs (Robbie Fowler in Liverpool!) with Dave Simpson (Liverpool Playhouse & national tour); Koff with Brian Morgan (One Step).

He has written around 100 hours of television including: The Bill (Thames);Emmerdale (Granada-YTV). Working on it during BAFTA Best Soap year 2001); Eastenders; Runaway Bay (YTV / Lifetime); 14 episodes of Children’s Ward (Granada. Including RTS Best Children’s Drama Series); 3 fifteen minute films for BBC Education’s Turning Points, (which won BAFTA and RTS awards, 1999); Away From Home and Grease Lightning – 30 minute plays for BBC2 (Northwest); Dramarama (ITV).

Silver Lining was first produced by the Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, UK, 1995.

Little Ms Loony by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ 2 non-gender specific/ One Act, 20 minutes

Synopsis: We meet Jane as she is strapped into a straightjacket. She’s a young high-flying teacher in a High School, where her husband is Head. The shrink has to determine whether Jane is mad — or is it the world she lives in?

“A thought-provoking tragi-comedy.” – City Life

 

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Amateur and professional rights:
John Chambers
Email: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

Little Ms. Loony was first produced by the Real Life Theatre Co., Manchester, in Oct. 2009.

Jacked Off by John Chambers

Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ One Act

Synopsis:

Jack Shone was once a radical, optimistic playwright on the verge of recognition. Now middle-aged, he’s probably the most cynical misanthrope on the planet. His slightly younger wife, Abi – an actress whose career never took off — now feels she is the sole audience for his bile.

Then he gets a chance offer – to write a one-act play which a prestigious theatre company wants to tour. It could change everything, for both of them. But is Jack still up to the task?

 

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John Chambers
Email: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John’s stage plays include: Stiff Stuff; Shouting at the Radio; Raw Material; Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Any More; Robin Hood – The Raven’s Revenge – all at the Library Theatre Company where he was Arts Council Resident Dramatist; Two Wheel Tricycle (Contact Theatre); Silver Lining (Oldham Coliseum); Yoiks Oiks (Bolton Octagon); The Marigold Trilogy(Real Life Theatre. M.E.N. Best Fringe Award); Balling the Blues (One Step);City of Gold (Arden).

John has written three epics for Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons – Tales of King Arthur, Jungle Book and The Three Musketeers, and several pieces for/with young people at Manchester Youth Theatre and M6 where he was also Resident Writer.

Co-written theatre work includes: Scandals – The Life & Liver of Frank Randlewith Keith Clifford (which John also directed); Crazy People with Marvin Close (LTC); I’m Marrying Ryan Giggs (Robbie Fowler in Liverpool!) with Dave Simpson (Liverpool Playhouse & national tour); Koff with Brian Morgan (One Step).

He has written around 100 hours of television including: The Bill (Thames);Emmerdale (Granada-YTV). Working on it during BAFTA Best Soap year 2001); Eastenders; Runaway Bay (YTV / Lifetime); 14 episodes of Children’s Ward (Granada. Including RTS Best Children’s Drama Series); 3 fifteen minute films for BBC Education’s Turning Points, (which won BAFTA and RTS awards, 1999); Away From Home and Grease Lightning – 30 minute plays for BBC2 (Northwest); Dramarama (ITV).

Jacked Off awaits its first production.

In The Nature Of Things by John Chambers

Drama/ 1 Character, 1 Man/ One Act

Synopsis:

A one-act monologue structured around an imagined conversation between the middle-aged evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin and his (unseen) dying 10-year old daughter, Annie. Facing crushing grief, he is tormented about whether he should reveal to the world his life’s work, which has led to his conviction that all life on earth was the result of an evolutionary process rather than a divine act of creation.

His much loved wife has very strong religious beliefs and so his inner conflicts are heightened . . .

 

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Amateur and professional rights:
John Chambers
Email: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John’s stage plays include: Stiff Stuff; Shouting at the Radio; Raw Material; Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Any More; Robin Hood – The Raven’s Revenge – all at the Library Theatre Company where he was Arts Council Resident Dramatist; Two Wheel Tricycle (Contact Theatre); Silver Lining (Oldham Coliseum); Yoiks Oiks (Bolton Octagon); The Marigold Trilogy(Real Life Theatre. M.E.N. Best Fringe Award); Balling the Blues (One Step);City of Gold (Arden).

John has written three epics for Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons – Tales of King Arthur, Jungle Book and The Three Musketeers, and several pieces for/with young people at Manchester Youth Theatre and M6 where he was also Resident Writer.

Co-written theatre work includes: Scandals – The Life & Liver of Frank Randlewith Keith Clifford (which John also directed); Crazy People with Marvin Close (LTC); I’m Marrying Ryan Giggs (Robbie Fowler in Liverpool!) with Dave Simpson (Liverpool Playhouse & national tour); Koff with Brian Morgan (One Step).

He has written around 100 hours of television including: The Bill (Thames);Emmerdale (Granada-YTV). Working on it during BAFTA Best Soap year 2001); Eastenders; Runaway Bay (YTV / Lifetime); 14 episodes of Children’s Ward (Granada. Including RTS Best Children’s Drama Series); 3 fifteen minute films for BBC Education’s Turning Points, (which won BAFTA and RTS awards, 1999); Away From Home and Grease Lightning – 30 minute plays for BBC2 (Northwest); Dramarama (ITV).

In the Nature of Things awaits its first production.

Book of Days by John Chambers

Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: In late 18th-century England, Thomas Day, a disciple of Rousseau, decides the way to nuptial felicity is to mould a female into the perfect wife. He selects two pre-pubescent girls from charitable institutions and determines to marry one of them — with results that turn his well-ordered world on its head. Based on a true story.

 

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Contact information:
Amateur and professional rights:
John Chambers
Email: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John’s stage plays include: Stiff Stuff; Shouting at the Radio; Raw Material; Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Any More; Robin Hood – The Raven’s Revenge – all at the Library Theatre Company where he was Arts Council Resident Dramatist; Two Wheel Tricycle (Contact Theatre); Silver Lining (Oldham Coliseum); Yoiks Oiks (Bolton Octagon); The Marigold Trilogy(Real Life Theatre. M.E.N. Best Fringe Award); Balling the Blues (One Step);City of Gold (Arden).

John has written three epics for Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons – Tales of King Arthur, Jungle Book and The Three Musketeers, and several pieces for/with young people at Manchester Youth Theatre and M6 where he was also Resident Writer.

Co-written theatre work includes: Scandals – The Life & Liver of Frank Randlewith Keith Clifford (which John also directed); Crazy People with Marvin Close (LTC); I’m Marrying Ryan Giggs (Robbie Fowler in Liverpool!) with Dave Simpson (Liverpool Playhouse & national tour); Koff with Brian Morgan (One Step).

He has written around 100 hours of television including: The Bill (Thames);Emmerdale (Granada-YTV). Working on it during BAFTA Best Soap year 2001); Eastenders; Runaway Bay (YTV / Lifetime); 14 episodes of Children’s Ward (Granada. Including RTS Best Children’s Drama Series); 3 fifteen minute films for BBC Education’s Turning Points, (which won BAFTA and RTS awards, 1999); Away From Home and Grease Lightning – 30 minute plays for BBC2 (Northwest); Dramarama (ITV).

Book of Days awaits its first production.

 

Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 3 characters, 2 Men, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Steve is a disillusioned working class man. Liberated by the heady mix of music and radical politics in the ’60s and ’70s, the ’80s saw all his hopes of something better come to nothing. His teenage son “Lud” never held out any hope. He’s a Generation X-er — which adds to Steve’s frustrations. Steve’s wife Cath is caught between the warring factions. Her journey — and her direct action — becomes collective action. Can any of them see light at the end of the tunnel . . .

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John Chambers
Email: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Anymore was first performed at Manchester LTC, 1997.

My One and Only by Ken Cameron

Drama/ 9 characters, 6 Men, 3 Women (double casting possible)/ Full Length, 90 mins.

Synopsis (from Vue Weekly): “Like Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Scout, the hero of Ken Cameron’s play My One and Only, has come ‘unstuck in time,’ hopscotching unpredictably back and forth among the key events in his life, including an idyll with an impossibly sexy, gloriously yielding movie star. . . .

“Scout’s lover . . . is Marilyn Monroe, who has come to Banff, where Scout lives with his lonely, alcoholic mother, to shoot that turgid Otto Preminger potboiler River of No Return. The two of them meet by chance one afternoon on a deserted mountain road (“Ssshhh — I’m incognito!” whispers Marilyn from behind her attention-getting sunglasses) and they strike up an odd friendship when Scout allows Marilyn to take a ride on his bicycle. Scout soon becomes Marilyn’s pet companion on the set, helping her run her lines and smuggling bottles of whiskey to her, which he steals from his mother every night after she passes out. The whole situation is so sexually charged that it’s a wonder the virginal 15-year-old Scout doesn’t die from some kind of hormone overdose — Marilyn even winds up giving Scout his first sexual experience as they bathe together, naked, in a secret pool Scout knows about deep inside a mountain cave.”

Scout keeps getting pulled out of these blissful events, however, and into an incident 10 years later, in 1963, shortly after Marilyn’s death. It’s night, and Scout’s car has been pulled over by a California highway patrolman; Scout has been speeding, but when the cop discovers a map to Marilyn’s home in his glove compartment, it soon becomes apparent that he’s committed a crime a lot more serious than going 100 in a school zone. Gradually we realize the full extent to which Scout was never able to move on from his affair with Marilyn; he can’t stop reliving his time with her over and over again, and yet at the same time, Scout desperately wishes he could have done everything differently so that their affair could have had a happier outcome.”
– Paul Matwychuk, Vue Weekly

Playwright’s Notes

“Switching back and forth in time between scenes with Scout and his drunken slattern of a mother, whom he catches in trysts with the local reverend, Scout’s ongoing roadside lecture from an inquisitive cop with memories of his own to tell, and, of course, Scout’s encounters with the famous movie star herself — Cameron weaves an intriguing and convincing tale of boyhood obsession. . . . engaging, taut, and beautifully written.”
– Calgary Herald

 

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808 22 Ave SE,
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Email: kenwrites@gmail.com

 
About the Playwright: Ken Cameron is a multi-faceted playwright whose work fluctuates between commercially accessible plays and alternative theatre. On one end lie plays like Harvest, which has been performed across Canada and My One And Only which was produced by Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival, Workshop West in Edmonton and by the Bridge Theatre Company in New York City. Both have been published in Harvest and Other Plays.Dear Johnny Deere is a musical adaptation of songs by acclaimed Canadian musician Fred Eaglesmith, which was commissioned by The Blyth Festival and premiered there in June 2012. Dear Johnny Deere was revived at Blyth and Lighthouse Theatre and had a separate production at the Charlottetown Festival PEI in 2013. In 2015 Dear Johnny Deere was published by NeWest Press and produced by Theatre Calgary. It won both the Betty Mitchell Award and the Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Ken is currently commissioned by the Stratford Festival to adapt the novel Cue For Treason by Geoffrey Trease.On the alternative end of the spectrum is How iRan: Three Plays for iPod, a creation recorded entirely on iPod as the audience moves through installations set amongst the stacks of a downtown library. With the iPod set to shuffle, there are over 10.6 million versions of the play. How iRan: Three Plays for iPod premiered at the IMPACT multicultural theatre festival in Kitchener Ontario and received its Calgary premiere at the High Performance Rodeo.

Ken co-founded Productive Obsession, an independent inter-arts performance company, together with wife and co-Artistic Conspirator Rita Bozi.

My One and Only premiered at the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays in January, 2004, produced by Alberta Theatre Projects.

If you prefer, click here to buy a printed copy in the collection Harvest and Other Plays.
 

“The intriguing oddity of Ken Cameron’s coming-of-age story is the way time lurches to a stop at the intersection of Fantasy and Desire. . . . memory, fantasy and physics make a mysteriously heady compound.”
– The Edmonton Journal

“Cameron’s script, through its non-linear disjointedness, constructs a compelling portrait of a person hanging somewhere in time, caught like an insect in amber, unable to move forward, or erase the past in order to move on.”
– SEE Magazine