One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean (2011)

Based on Carlo Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters (1746).

Charlie Clench (Pantalone)
Pauline Clench (Clarise)
Harry Dangle (Lombardi)
Alan (Silvio) – Harry’s son
Dolly (Smeraldina) – Pauline’s servant
Lloyd Boateng (Brighella)
Francis (Truffaldino)
Rachel Crabbe (Rachel Rasponi) – Brother of Roscoe Crabbe
Stanley Stubbers (Florindo)

ACT ONE

  • Scene One – Charlie’s House
  • Pauline and Alan just about to get married
  • Alan is the one Pauline wants
  • Charlie hilarious going on about “muvver”
  • As soon as set up done, the doorbell rings
  • Lloyd bears the news that Pauline was going to marry Roscoe
  • And then Roscoe appears, i.e., Rachel
  • Pauline wants Alan – not Roscoe
  • But Charlie wants her to marry Roscoe
  • Lloyd recognizes Rachel in disguise as Roscoe
  • Scene Two – The Cricketers Arms
  • Some backstory as an aside from Francis
  • Stanley meets Francis and hires him
  • Both Stanley and Rachel send Francis to the post office
  • Alan wants to see Francis’s Guv
  • Stanley and Alan talk
  • Alan says he saw Roscoe; Stanley thought he killed Roscoe
  • Alan gives Francis a threat for Roscoe
  • Francis puts letters in his pockets
  • Francis eats a letter
  • Stanley sees letter to Rachel, which he reads
  • Rachel see her letter has been opened
  • Charlie gives cash to Francis for Roscoe; Stanley grabs it
  • Scene Three – Charlie’s House
  • Pauline does not want to marry “Roscoe”
  • Rachel tells Pauline what’s going on
  • When they hug, Charlie sees it – thinks they’ve reconciled
  • Scene Four – Private rooms above Cricketers Arms
  • Stanley gives Francis a bunch of the cash to hang on to
  • The waiters
  • Francis gives cash to Rachel (Roscoe)
  • Alfie getting knocked down the stairs
  • Francis stashes food
  • Physical comedy mayhem
  • Alfie’s pacemaker

ACT TWO

  • Scene One – Charlie’s House
  • Alan getting pissed off
  • Thatcher joke
  • Scene Two – The Cricketers Arms
  • Francis and Dolly
  • Francis gets slapped
  • Scene Three – The Cricketers Arms
  • Word play
  • The diary
  • The identical twins joke
  • Scene Four – The Pier
  • Stanley and Rachel thinking the other is dead
  • Scene Five – Charlie’s House
  • Music

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields (2016)

Nine actors, 35 characters.

One of the most wildly inventive plays I have ever read.  Hugely talented writers.  Expanding the limits of what’s possible on stage.

Act One

  • Scene One
  • Not clear why the WARDEN comes in when he does.
  • Constant puns.
  • Reversal: Guards busting out the prisoners.
  • Everyone told everyone about the robbery.
  • It keeps escalating. Completely over the top.
  • RAUL dies early.
  • Scene Two
  • Throwing papers.
  • Mistaken identities.
  • Hilarious wordplay on Robin Freeboys.
  • CAPRICE dialing for dollars.
  • SAM steals CAPRICE’s pocketbook then gives it back.
  • Scene Three
  • The escalating pecking order of police anger and moustache size.
  • SAM and CAPRICE love story.
  • Scene Four
  • Repeating joke of CAPRICE having many guys.
  • The Murphy bed.
  • Seagulls.
  • SAM making up stuff as he speaks watching CAPRICE.

Act Two

  • Scene One
  • The escalating police command chain again.
  • Scene Two
  • SAM dressed as FREEBOYS.
  • Radio “over” nonsense.
  • The abuse of WARREN is possibly the funniest thing ever written.
  • Scene Three
  • Singing the song as they break in.
  • Scene Four
  • Car chase.
  • Scene Five
  • And that’s it.

The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey (1923)

Set in 1920.  First play written, middle in terms of chronology (when set).  60 pages.  A precious historical and dramatic document.  The terror of inner city guerrilla warfare comes alive.

(Year written/Year Set in)

Ordered by when written:

The Shadow of a Gunman (1923/May 1920)
Juno and the Paycock (1924/1922)
The Plough and the Stars (1926 /1915-16)

Ordered by dramatic chronology (when set):

The Plough and the Stars (1926 /1915-16)
The Shadow of a Gunman (1923/May 1920)
Juno and the Paycock (1924/1922)