David Muncaster
Playwright
Full Length Plays
Community Spirit
The village of Snickerton has  a new community hall and all the local groups get together to organise an opening day that will never be forgotten. Pity Mel, the poor official from the local council who has
to try to keep apart the warring factions.

There is Mike, the bombastic chaiman from the choral society, who clashes with Chris, his deadly rival, as well as just about anyone else who dares to disagree with him. Add a couple of lovies from the am dram, some representatives of Churches Together who couldn't be further apart, the leader of the cubs and beavers who sees things in the night, and a host of other characters including a caretaker with a very unfortunate name.

Community Spirit is a large cast play with eleven speaking roles and any number of none speaking roles that starts out as a comedy of manners but by the end is pure farce. Great fun for any theatre group looking to involve as many of their members as possible.

The Cat and the Canary
The Cat and the Canary was written by John Willard and was first performed in New York in 1922. There are at least four film versions of the story, the first being a very influential silent film released in 1927.

This new version imagines the original play being performed as a live radio broadcast and should be presented on stage with the actors reading from scripts and the sound effects being performed live in view of the audience. The twist is that the company doing the performance have a few problems with cast members not turning up, so have to improvise as best they can. Whilst this is very funny at times it does not take away from the original story which will have the audience intrigued from start to finish.


Mad Gary's Fruit and Nut Case
Life Begins Again
Life Begins Again is a prequal to Life Begins at Seventy but works very well as a standalone play in its own right.

Betty and Dorothy have been best friends since childhood, maybe the fact that they are so different is what keeps them together. Now in their forties Dorothy is happy with her domestic routine but her husband Frank is looking for a bit of spice in his life. Enter Helen, young and exciting she sends Frank's head in a spin.

Bill has a reputation as a ladies man but it is Betty that initiates the extra marital affair. Bill doesn't take much persuation. Things come to a head when both Frank and Bill start to get serious and the women have to take control of the situation.

Life Begins Again will delight audiences with this slice of 1980s romantic comedy



Waiting for a Train
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It is a big day for Tommy. His lovely daughter Peaches has just married Lionel Looselips, the son of the biggest fruit and veg wholesale magnate in the whole of the county. Now Tommy can be assured that his market stall will always have the freshest, best value produce known to man. The wedding reception is a grand affair, friends and relations are joined by rivals who, for one day, put their differences aside; or do they?

As the ceremonial fruit salad is consumed the guests start dropping like fruit flies. Who is responsible for this murderous act? What did they hope to gain? Who will be next? It’s a job for “Mad” Gary Grasslover of the local constabulary. This intentionally corny and ribald comedy/murder mystery provides plenty of laughs and opportunity for the audience to join in the fun by, not only trying to guess the murderer, but also by selected members being given characters to play.


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All the action takes place on the platform of a rural railway station. It’s a play about life, destinations, purpose, love, and friendship.

Vicky and Ester are teenage friends waiting for a train that never comes.

They pass the time performing their own version of Waiting for Godot but with the arrival Lucy and Pam, not to mention the deadpan announcements over the loudspeaker system, the boundaries between reality and the absurd become blurred.

As it becomes clear that Vicky is suffering from schizophrenia we wonder how much of what we are seeing is just a figment of her imagination.
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The Beginners Guide to Murdering Your Husband
This play is presented as though it is an instructional video that the audience are watching being filmed. Maddy will present a variety of methods for disposing of an unwanted husband, aided by Jim, her real life husband, and her faithful employees.

But is she really trying to get rid of her husband? Is the video just a ruse to lull him into a false sense of security? The parallels with their real life relationship give Jim plenty to worry about but, as the play reaches its its climax, we realise that nothing is what it seems.

Criss-cross indeed!

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Characters

Maddy, a business woman – F 35 – 45
Jim, her husband – M 35 – 45
John, an employee – M 20 – 40
Kerry, an employee – F 20 – 40
Julie, an employee – F 20 - 40

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The World and its Arse
Frank’s mind plays tricks on him as horrors from his past torment him. Len has nothing but memories. Brian doesn’t know what he’s got. He probably shouldn’t even be there but he has nowhere else to go. A few days in an NHS ward give us a glimpse into the lives of a diverse set of people.

You see all sorts in here Any colour, any class, any religion Disease doesn’t discriminate You get the world and its arse come through that door

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Characters

Frank (Male, Eighties) Fidgets and talks to himself. Has Parkinson's Disease. Well Spoken.
Nurse (Female, Thirties) Friendly, stressed, professional.
Porter (Male, Forties) Uncompromisingly cheerful.
Brian (Male, Forties) Timid, put-upon.
Doctor (Male, Any age) Cold, busy.
Sister (Female, Any age) Cool, professional.
Len (Male, Seventies) Hardly conscious. Gentle.
Judith (Female, Forties) Brian's wife. Angry.
Maureen (Female, Seventies) Len's wife. Scared.
Rosie (Female, Forties) Len's daughter. Practical.
John (Male, Fifties) Frank's son. Menacing.
Victoria (Female, Teens) Brian's daughter. Astute.

Life Begins at Seventy
A light-hearted yet touching story about four elderly, but not over the hill, people who discover that one is never too old to fall in love, but issues from the past must be resolved before making plans for the future.

Betty and Dorothy have known each other since childhood and their constant bickering  belies a deep friendship resulting from mutual support and shared tragedy. However, one gets the impression that they have drifted apart in recent years and their weekly outings are more out of habit than anything else.

Meanwhile, straight-laced Tom has recently moved to the area to be nearer to his daughter following the death of his wife and has been befriended by Bill, an ageing rogue with a half-forgotten reputation for womanising. When Tom bumps into Betty in a local supermarket they get chatting and an unlikely relationship develops. Things are looking promising, but Bill’s past might just be the spanner in the works.


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