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Pull the Other One

  • Norman Robbins
  • Full Length Play, Comedy, Contemporary
  • 4M, 3F
  • ISBN: 9780573113581

When Albert's mother-in-law Boadicea discovers a letter written to Albert from his friend Hilary, she refuses to believe it is perfectly innocent... Or that Hilary is a man.

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Reader's Theatre, College Theatre / Student
Albert Perkins is blessed with a loving wife, Muriel and cursed with a fearsome mother-in-law, Boadicea. When his friend Hilary Armitage writes to him reminiscing about the good times they used to have, Boadicea reads the letter and determines to remove her daughter instantly from the clutches of this evil sex-fiend.

Albert has a hard time explaining that the letter is perfectly innocent, and anyway Hilary is a man. He isn't helped when Hilary turns up, wearing a blonde wig and a glamorous evening dress. By the time Hilary manages to explain he's come straight from doing his drag acts at the local pub, it's too late -- Boadicea has bashed Albert with the poker.

Further disasters are in store when Hilary, anxious to make amends for the trouble he has caused, tries to help Albert.


"Within a few minutes of the curtain rising on the Norman Robbins play, Bembridge Little Theatre Club had the audience chuckling, which turned into belly laughs as this story unfolded."

 Isle of Wight Country Press, April 2010

"This uproarious North Country comedy, cheerfully vulgar and with double entendres, was performed with engaging vim and vigour."

 Lincolnshire Free Press

Premiere Production: First produced in 1977.
Professional tour for The Proscenium Theatre Co Ltd in 1991
German translation 1986 - and TV
To date nearly 500 productions worldwide.
  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Parts for Senior Actors
  • Casting Notes: Boadicea preferably should be of imposing stature or build, whilst the role of Albert works well with someone of smaller stature, though these characteristics are not essential.

WILF - mid-60's
MURIEL - mid-30's
ALBERT - mid-30's
VIRGINIA - (18-20)
HILARY - mid-30's

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When Albert's mother-in-law Boadicea discovers a letter written to Albert from his friend Hilary she refuses to believe it is perfectly innocent or that Hilary is a man. Along comes Hilary in blonde wig and evening dress straight from his drag act at the local pub. Further disasters ensue as Hilary attempts to make amends for the trouble he has caused and tries to help Albert.