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Death & Taxe$

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“Death & Taxes” is a madcap financial farce set in the very topical world of insurance and  investments. It’s a crime story, ghost story and hilarious comedy. Featuring dodgy deals, a potty psychic, a fishy tax inspector, a nutty cop, murder, mayhem and a hairy yak!


Ulverstone Reportory Society Tasmania in 2017
Bell Theatre Group in 2016

Plot / Synopsis

The play takes place in the office of the Destiny Life Assurance Company.


Scene 1 Monday morning

Scene 2 Monday mid morning

Scene 3 Tuesday morning

Scene 4 A short time afterwards

Scene 5 Tuesday afternoon

Scene 6 Tuesday afternoon – later on


Scene 1 Thursday morning

Scene 2 Friday morning



Gareth Burke Middle or late middle-aged insurance agent. An arrogant,

offensive, show-off who thinks he’s God’s gift. Gareth

gesticulates punctuation.

Tiffany Martin Late 20’s/early 30’s – Receptionist. A bimbo with attitude and a

gold digger.

Enid Burke Middle or late middle-aged – Gareth’s wife. A domineering,

large, intimidating woman with expensive taste.

Bob Greene Early ‘40s. An unambitious insurance agent. Nice and polite and

single; still lives with his mother.

Lucille Potts Middle aged female insurance agent. Lucille is an ambitious

saleswoman. She is a dowdy, frumpy spinster and although

confident in business, she is extremely uncomfortable with

anything of a sexual or personal nature.

Douglas Graves
Middle aged Business Development Manager. Nasal and

monotone, unsmiling and slightly creepy. Think of Mr Bean

crossed with the manic depressive robot from “Hitchhikers Guide

to the Galaxy”.

Ted Patchett 30’s or 40’s - detective inspector who habitually quotes from

movies and impersonates his favourite stars.

Elizabeth Battersea Aged 68 – a forthright widow who doesn’t suffer fools and speaks her mind.

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Production Costs

12.5% of Box Office. In New Zealand inquire to