Uncle Jack

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“The play is set in a church hall where the Fortieth Wedding Anniversary of Harold and Maude Connolly is about to be celebrated. Their two married daughters, Claire and Lorna are setting the table as Harold arrives with the news that their mother, Maude has just been seen leaving town, with on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike.

The girls have invited over one hundred guests, a band and a professional entertainer. Everyone will be able to identify with this dysfunctional family as their carefully planned special event becomes an hilarious disaster. Mum and Dad are fighting, the black sheep of the family “Uncle Jack” has turned up uninvited, somebody has spiked the punch and the Vicar is doing a creditable impression of The Vicar of Tiddley.....

  • The ages of the characters make this suitable for a more mature cast.
  • Cast required Four male Four female one M/F(The Vicar)

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Plot / Synopsis

 

The play is set in a church hall where the Fortieth Wedding Anniversary of Harold and Maude Connolly is about to be celebrated. A long  table is set on stage, as for a wedding. Six chairs are set along the upstage side facing the audience and one chair at either end. Leave enough downstage area for action.

            Somewhere a banner reads “Congratulations Mum and Dad 40 Years.”  The audience are included as “Guests”. 

Crystal or silver vases etc grace the tables. Depending on the ages of the cast it may be advisable to make the wedding anniversary either a “Silver Wedding” or a “Golden Wedding” as the actual ages of Harold and Maude and your cast may well determine the plausible length of their union.

The musical content of the play is open to the discretion of the director. A pianist may be substituted for “The Band”. If you have a cast with musical ability, you may want to put in more songs. If not leave some,  or all of the music out.

 

 

ACT ONE.

 

 1.        (Overture.)  Wedding March            (Music only.)

 

2.         The Anniversary Song..  (Claire.)

            (Oh how they danced on the night they were wed.... )

 

3.         I Love to have a Beer with Duncan.

            Or Thank Heaven for Little Girls. (Lorna and Harold.)

 

 4.        Side by Side. (Claire and Lorna.)

 

5.          I’m My Own Grandpa . Or,  Sheik of Scrubby Creek   (Stephen.)

             

ACT TWO

 

6.         Anniversary Waltz. (Say that you will always dance..)

 

7.         A solo item for any member of the family.

 

8.         For They are Jolly Good Fellows.

            (All except Harold and Maude.)

 

9.         I walk the Line.  Or,  When I’m Sixty Four.

                (Maude and Harold.)

 

10.       All of Me.  Or,  Any Popular Torch Song. (Possibly mimed.)

             ( “ Jacqui la Mond” aka. Uncle Jack )

 

11.       Friends and neighbours.  Or,  Side by Side

            (Finale Entire cast.)

 

 

N.B.  This script is text only. Above music is an indication only of the type of song suitable. Music is of your own choosing and copyright permission should be sought.

 

 

 

 

Cast

 

Cast in order of appearance:-

 

Claire………………………..Well off,  Oldest Daughter.

 

Lorna……………………………Not so well off, Younger Daughter

 

Ralph…………………………..Long suffering Husband of Claire

 

Harold………………………….Father Celebrating Wedding Anniversary

 

Vicar…………………………..Male or Female

 

Uncle Jack………………………Brother of Harold

 

Stephen ……………………………Friend of Jack’s from the City.

 

Maude…………….…………Mother Celebrating Wedding Anniversary

 

Gran………………………….Elderly mother of Jack and Harold

 

Cast required:-

 

Four Male,  Four Female,  One Male/Female

PROFILE OF CHARACTERS.

 

Claire.  Well dressed, wealthy married daughter of Harold and Maude. Snobbish, bossy . Social climber well known in the district for her charity work. Has organised the entire function and wants everyone to know that.

 

Ralph.  Farmer. Long suffering husband of Claire.  Down to earth,  man of few words. Church background. Very proud of and thoroughly devoted to Claire.

 

Lorna. Attractive divorcee, likes to flirt. Pretty, wears flashy modern clothes, large ear-rings, too much makeup. Likes a drink. Is a little overawed by her sister Claire, but has the sense of humour in the family.

 

Harold.  Father of Clare and Lorna, husband of Maude. Retired railway worker, likes a drink or two. Loud and rather coarse, but lovable. Jealous of his brother Jack.

 

Maude. Wife of Harold, mother of Claire and Lorna. Motherly figure, vague at times. 

 

Jack.  Black sheep of the family. Harold’s younger brother. From the City. Has a pony tail, rides a Harley Davidson. Unknown to the family Jack is a famous Female Impersonator.

 

Stephen.  Friend of Jack’s from the City.  Smartly dressed. Looks like an interior decorator or a hairdresser.

 

Vicar.  Very straight.  Male or female Vicar of religion.

 

Gran.  Elderly mother of Jack and Harold, deaf, has hearing aid. Speaks very loudly.

 

 

Suggested table seating.  Vicar seated at one end of table. Upstage next to Vicar,  Ralph,  Claire,  Harold,  Maude, Stephen, Lorna.  With Gran at other end  (Next to Lorna.)

 

Sample Script

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Production Costs

12.5% of Box office gross. Minimum of $110 per show. Script Purchase $17.50 each or $165 for a licence to photocopy.