Calling Time

1-Act Play (Variable from 2M, 2F to 12M, 12F) Running time: Variable from 30 mins to 1 hour

Calling Time offers any company great versatility. Not only does it have variable casting (from 2M, 2F to 12M, 12F) but it can vary in length from around 30 minutes to an hour. So it's ideal for festivals as well as a one-act evening.

'Calling Time' has already had dozens of performances including a New Zealand production at Little Theatre which was voted 'Best Production of 2013'!  Set in a pub, Calling Time is made up of five linked short plays that take place the same evening:

A woman shares a revelation with her friend about her recently deceased husband. A man meeting a woman on a blind date has unforeseen consequences. When an MP meets a journalist who will come out on top? Two apparent strangers meet in a pub, but appearances can be very deceptive, especially when one can't keep her thoughts to herself. And when a young man carrying a suspicious bag comes in, why do thoughts turn to terrorism? 

They are all two-handers varying from straight comedies to more thought-provoking ones, together with a short intro and outro scene. And, by dropping one or more scenes, the running time can be easily reduced if necessary.

"Worthy of comparison with Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions"

That's what the review of Calling Time in Amateur Stage magazine said.

And press reviews of past productions have been equally effusive:

"A series of perfectly pitched dark-light comedies... this was quality from start to finish... a great show." Salisbury Journal

For a free downloadable pdf copy of the script for evaluation purposes, and details of performing rights, click here:

Calling Time - Gallery

Click here for some photos of various productions

This article was updated on 29 December 2017