Plays

Looking for a play that’s a bit different for your school or youth theatre production? Maybe a bit off-the-wall, quirky, surreal and generally jolly good fun? Well, at Offbeat Theatre, that’s what we have always produced! 
What they all have in common is a quirky craziness that kids of all ages just love. 
I started to write because I was running a youth theatre and really wanted to create some unique theatre with the various groups I had the pleasure of working with. Rob, (my brother and the other Offbeat playwright), on the other hand, was more inclined to write for television, but then decided to have a go at stage as well. Rather successfully as it turned out. We hope you enjoy exploring our work. We also hope you fancy staging something! All our plays have been staged, some many times throughout the UK and further afield.
I have also written for adults (the big kids) and may add a few more of those. THE FROG KING is great for any age!

DARKNESS IN THE NIGHT
A one act play by Rob Hockley

  • A fast paced, surreal witty comedy for 4 teenagers
  • Easy set and costumes with minimal props
  • Wordplay to die for (sorry)
  • Some physical comedy required
  • Runs for 50 minutes
  • A good competition piece
  • Set in the underworld – sort of..

    A pretty whacky small cast adventure into the Underworld – has served well in one act competitions.
    Photo by Jim Rolt

MAY CONTAIN NUTS!
A one act play by Barbara Hockley

  • Cast of 16 or more required – lots of crazy parts to play with
  • Easy to stage and costume
  • Requires pirate gear and fake facial hair is always good
  • Extremely silly and surreal, but on the sensible theme of story writing
  • Lots of physical acting including a (ridiculous) sword fight
  • Age 11+ Runs for 35-40 minutes
  • More fun than you can imagine on stage

I have yet to meet a group that didn’t enjoy rehearsing this.
Practising ‘Gaaarrrhhhh’ (or similar) is particularly important.

Artwork by Emma Beebee

WAR AND CAKE
A one act play by Rob Hockley

  • An award-winning one act play
  • Good competition piece
  • Cast of 8 age 13+
  • Running time of 45 minutes
  • Very very funny
  • Easy to stage and costume
  • Food related incidents throughout

Tackling the relationship issues facing teenagers, but in a rather surprising manner.

Artwork by Emma Beebee

SPY SCHOOL: THE SEVENTH DEPARTMENT
Words by Barbara Hockley; Music by Greg Swinford

  • A one act musical written for a ‘Leavers’ Gala’ – age 10+
  • Cast of 20 – 30 required (some flexibility on casting numbers)
  • Fantastic company songs and dance opportunities
  • Backing and practise tracks included
  • Running time 50 minutes
  • Characters are great fun and everything has lines and action!
  • Listen to music previews on SoundCloud

    Artwork by Emma Beebee

THE DREAM MAKERS
A full length play by Barbara Hockley

  • Cast of 24+ required ages from 11 years upwards
  • A full length play with dream interludes allowing creativity with music and sound
  • Flexible staging – super easy or elaborate as you like
  • Funny and poignant – some great characters to work with
  •  A plot that tackles the issues of friendship, ambition and ‘moving on’ in life
  • A magical experience working with dreams of all types
  • Opportunities for your tech teams to get busy and creative

    Photo by Jim Rolt

THE FROG KING
A full length play by Barbara Hockley

  • Written for adults to perform (very silly ones)
  • A chaotic rampage through ‘fairytale-land’ messing up some much loved tales
  • A good imagination workout 
  • Easy to stage – or complex if you prefer.
  • Originally part immersive experience on multiple sets in different locations, but fine on a stage too
  • Cast of 10, with extras as you wish

Of all the plays I’ve directed , this one is very high up on the ‘amazing amounts of fun’ scale. If you have a bunch of teenagers or adults up for the challenge, it really is ‘bonkers’ (the word we heard most in reviews).
Artwork by Emma Beebee

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