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Richardson, Alan Watt (Scottish playwright, May 28, 1949-____), “Telltale,”

a 40-minute Scottish drama in English, set in a doctor's surgery within a private house, Scotland, 1715,

2m2f (+ extra)

; • © 1990 by Alan Watt Richardson; • in Alan Watt Richardson’s Telltale (Glasgow, Scotland: Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd., 1990), IBSN 08517458652 pp.; • script/rights available from Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd, 4-10 Darnley Street, Glasgow G41 2SD, Scotland, telephone 0141 429 1234, e-mail info@skipper.co.uk; • contact Alan Watt Richardson, 40/9 Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh EH11 1PS, Scotland, telephone 0131 313 5040, e-mail alanrichardson@clara.co.uk or alan@playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk, http://playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk.

§ Dramatis Personae Doctor Robert Arthur (m), an Edinburgh physician; Arthur (m), Dr. Arthur’s brother; Catherine Arthur (f), Dr. Arthur’s wife; Mrs. Crombie (f), Dr. Arthur’s housekeeper.

§ Synopsis “Careless talk jeopardises a Jacobite plot to capture Edinburgh Castle.”—One Act Plays, http://www.playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk/one_act_plays.htm, accessed March 20, 2003.

§ Comment “The play is based on a true incident which happened during the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland. One of the characters in the play is written with a strong Scottish dialect which can be toned down to suit. • Alan was born and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He has been involved in amateur theatre for 35 years as an actor, director, stage manager and playwright. Since his first play won the Scottish Community Drama Association Playwriting Competition in 1973, another 6 plays have won playwriting competitions. His 20+ plays have been staged over 600 times, mainly in the UK, but also in Holland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”—Alan Watt Richardson via e-mail alanrichardson@clara.co.uk, July 11, 4002.

§ Themes 1715, Edinburgh Castle, Jacobite.



See also Alan Watt Richardson's

  • "The Broken Band," a 40-minute drama in English, set in a ruined sheiling (a temporary shelter for shepherds) close to the border between England and Scotland, September 10, 1513; the day after the Battle of Flodden, 2m2f (+ extra)
  • "Mr Perfect," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a hotel lounge bar, late afternoon, Scotland, 2003, 2f (+1m nonspeaking)
  • "Perfect Partners," a 40-minute Scottish comedy-drama in English (available in Dutch translation), set in an agency office, Scotland, 1990, 2m2f
  • "When a Man Knows," a 35- minute drama in English, set in _____, Scotland, 2003, 1m1f (+ extra)

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