Other Plays by Ian R. Hornby
Hornby, Ian R. (British playwright, writer, 1949-____), Time Itself,
a 25-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, anywhere, during the days leading up to Christmas, 2000,
(plus optional extras)
© 20__ by Ian R. Hornby;
in Ian R. Hornby's Time Itself (United Kingdom: New Theatre Publications, 20__)
script/rights available from New Theatre Publications, http://www.plays4theatre.com.
Contact Ian R. Hornby, 2 Hereford Close, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 4HR, UK, telephone +44 1925 485605, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cited by Ian R. Hornby via e-mail December 20, 2010.
Barry (m), __, the hero of the piece, husband of Christine; Gerry (m), __, Barry's friend; Christine (f), __, Barry's wife; Golfer (f) __, a golfer.
Barry is clearing his deceased mother's effects from their attic when he discovers an old parchment bearing the inscription "Whoever holds the open parchment holds time itself". And that's what it does - when he unfolds it, time stops. Barry is heading for fun and wealth and a peaceful life, until the breeze plays a fateful hand.
Optional extras include a card player, two attractive girls.
This title is available as part of a trilogy imaginatively called Three Short Plays by Ian Hornby. The other titles are "Time Itself" and "Fantasy." Why write three short plays that have no relation to one another? Good question; I wish I knew the answer.
About the Author
Brilliant, creative, entertaining - three words I'd love to have applied to me.
What can I tell you? I started writing plays in my early 40s and still love to write them today, in between trying to write more novels and TV/radio scripts and being a drama adjudicator for The Greater Manchester Drama Federation. Oh, and I'm 2010 chairman of The Bridgewater Players Dramatic Society. And I run The Playwrights' Co-operative. Most recently I'm involved with Dying 4 Dinner - I write, along with my lovely wife Alison, murder mystery scripts, which we act out with a group of close friends at various venues, usually around the North West of England - call us for a quote! They're fascinating and lively fun, and are a good way of raising funds for the drama group, doing what we all love to do - act!
When people were foolish enough to actually employ me and pay me a salary, I used to design computers for a living: high-tech electronics and a job I loved. When my favourite employers, Ferranti Computer Systems, went bust, I moved to Unilever Research for 6 years and then to a couple of small electronics companies before going freelance, training people to use computers, interleaving my love of writing.
I have a full length crime thriller waiting for some imaginative publisher to snap up. It's called "Time To Kill", but you'll have to read it to find out why.
My favourite ever plays? Easy. Noises Off by Michael Frayn and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.
My favourite writer? Again easy, though perhaps a surprise: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, a singer/songwriter who can craft words in ways I can only envy.
Page mounted December 20, 2010, by the Webmaster.
death, fate, inheritance, parchment.