Scripts for hire

The following scripts are available for hire from

  • Hound Dog – See below (Available from 
  • The Mother in Law – 51 minute one act play for 2 females and 1 male. Optional roles for 3 children.
    Irene’s scheming elderly mother Grace needs to be cared for so Irene persuades reluctant husband Peter that the best answer is for Grace to move in with them. What follows is a game of pig in the middle as the trio struggle to cope with the situation.
  • A Mum’s Life10 minute comedy monologue for one female.
    Overworked and under-appreciated mother of three struggles to take a group of reluctant children to their swimming lesson.

Hound Dog

Hound Dog was written in 2013 and premiered at International Two, Sweet Grassmarket during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013.

Family-friendly. Suitable for all ages.

The script is available to amateur and professional theatre companies from

Linda and Lucy return home from a failed mother/teenage daughter bonding holiday. Lucy has a tan. Linda has a plan to bring home an abandoned dog. Family tensions are exposed and heighten as Linda single-mindedly pursues her goal. A touching and witty look at modern family relationships with improvisation adding unpredictability and spontaneity. A brand new play with a twist and a wag in its tail.

Characters: Linda (a mother aged 40-55), Bob, her husband (similar ages), Sarah, her friend (aged 35-65), Lucy (teenage daughter, 15-17), Greg (teenage son aged 14-16), Jack (elderly dog), Juno (young dog)


Over the last few years, actor-playwright Ginny Davis has earned herself a reputation for delivering witty reflections on family life. Her popular “Ruth Rich saga” now runs to four much-lauded instalments, but with Hound Dog she’s tried something different – handing over the stage to a full cast of actors, and stepping back herself into the writer’s role. Her script tells a tale inspired by a real-life experience: on a recent holiday in Crete, she rescued a dog from an abusive owner, bringing it home to live with her ageing Labrador and the rest of her middle-class family.

And, as it’s portrayed in the play at least, that family could barely be more stereotypically conventional. There’s the quietly sensible father, the big-hearted emotionally-driven mum, the fine upstanding son, and the rebellious daughter – whose feisty side is finally quelled by the feel of a new-born in her arms. Yes, some people will throw up their hands in horror at such an old-fashioned set of gender roles, but there are plenty of others who’ll celebrate seeing the traditional family unit reflected on a Fringe stage.

That unit includes the dogs. I hesitate to spoil the following surprise, but I’m really not doing the play justice if I fail to mention it: the dogs are played by human actors, in furry costumes, who do all the things that real dogs do (including sniffing the other actors’ feet and eating chocolate drops directly off the floor). I admit I groaned inwardly when I realised what was going to happen, but I’d completely changed my mind by halfway through. There’s a kind of carefree joy in seeing two people play the parts of two quarrelling canines – and the whole thing’s done with a liberating touch of irony, the occasional acknowledgement that that there’s something really quite peculiar happening on the stage.

So this play is perfectly lovely …

A tighter and pacier delivery would help the humour to shine, which matters, because there’s plenty of humour to enjoy. The script is filled with a multitude of gently funny lines – observations on the nuances of family life, which anyone at all can understand. There are some serious themes, too, about finding the time to rub along with the people we love, and while those thoughts could be developed with a little more subtlety they’re heartwarming and life-affirming just the same. So there’s a lot that’s loveable about Hound Dog; but it perhaps needs to be trimmer and fitter to do justice to its undoubted pedigree.

*** Richard Stamp

(Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013)

Tour Venues

  • Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
  • Stahl Theatre, Oundle
  • Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
  • Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
  • Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
  • Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth
  • Braintree Arts Theatre
  • MCT at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich
  • Playbox Theatre, Warwick
  • The Place, Bedford
  • Bromsgrove School
  • Bridge House Theatre, Warwick for Warwick Words
  • Tolmen Centre, Constantine, Cornwall
  • Pleasance Theatre, Islington
  • Blue Orange Theatre, Great Hampton St, Birmingham.
  • The Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London.
  • Tutbury Village Hall, Monk St, Tutbury, Staffs
  • The Players Theatre, Nelson St, Thame, Oxon.
  • Staveley Roundhouse, Main St, Staveley, Cumbria .
  • The Heron Theatre, Beetham, Cumbria, Stanley St, Beetham, Cumbria
  • West Deeping Village Hall, King St, West Deeping, Lincs
  • Hemswell & Harpswell Village Hall, Maypole St, Hemswell, Lincs
  • Broughton Parish Rooms, Main Rd, Wetwood, Staffs
  • Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London
  • Manchester Crown Court
  • The Robin Hood Theatre, Church Lane, Averham Notts
  • Broadbent Theatre, Snarford Rd Wickenby, Lincs LN3 5AW
  • Caistor Town Hall, North St, Caistor Lincs
  • Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts, 1 Newton St, Birmingham B4 7EH.
  • Buxton Fringe Festival (2014, 2012, 2011)
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2008, 2010, 2013)
  • Brighton Fringe (2011, 2012)
  • Venues in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffs and Derbyshire for Live and Local Rural Touring Scheme
  • Rural touring venues in Notts, Leics, Rutland and Lincs
  • Ettington Community Centre
  • Byfield VH
  • Lapworth VH
  • Wellesbourne VH
  • Fenny Compton VH
  • Salt VH
  • Chesterfield Hub
  • Rous Lench VH