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Better Off Dead

  • Alan Ayckbourn
  • Full Length Play, Comedy, Contemporary
  • 4M, 3F
  • ISBN: 9780573116711

Larger than life and highly irascible author Algy Watebridge is hard at work on his 33rd crime novel featuring blunt Yorkshire cop, DCI Tommy Middlebrass.

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Senior, Adult

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre
Irascible author Algy Waterbridge is hard at work on his thirty-third crime novel.

While Algy’s wife is getting more forgetful, and his PA frequently oversteps the mark, the constant interruptions come to a head with an unfortunate newspaper interview. As Algy’s fictional characters take over, the lines between fiction and reality become blurred.

A comedy of confusion about a grumpy old man who might not be so grumpy after all.

Premiere Production: Better Off Dead was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in the Round auditorium on 11 September, 2018.
  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Parts for Senior Actors

  • ALGY WATERBRIDGE - an author, seventies
    JESSICA WATERBRIDGE - his wife, seventies
    THELMA BOSTOCK - his PA, fifties
    JASON RATCLIFFE - his publisher, thirties
    GUS CREWES - a journalist, seventies
  • The Figments
    DS GEMMA PRICE - mid-twenties
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