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Standing Alone By Melville Lovatt
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Eight monologues for women and eight monologues for men for the older age group. Covering relationships, retirement and the loss of a loved one. Winner of The National Operatic & Dramatic... More > Association London Region Performance Showcase Festival Award’ NODA 23rd June 2018 for Egg and Spoon and Making Adjustments< Less
Accommodation By Melville Lovatt
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1970 No internet, computers or mobile phones. ‘Groovin With Mr Bloe’ tops the charts. Accommodation focuses sharply on both the random nature of death and the comic shift of power and... More > opportunity it brings to the inhabitants of a shabby London rooming house.   Triggered partly by the author’s own experience when first living in London, this early play demonstrates his already highly developed ability to use silence and rhythmic language to very considerable dramatic effect.   A vivid, quirky, darkly funny play.< Less
The Kiss By Melville Lovatt
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‘Simon observes his wife and best friend locked in an embrace. The kiss is long, passionate and highly inappropriate. Simon is convinced they must be having an affair and plans a terrible... More > revenge ... We never know for certain whether the affair ever took place but The Kiss is notable for what is left unsaid. It is a one act play that packs a punch and, like all the best thrillers, will leave the audience guessing long after the curtain goes down’.  David Muncaster, Theatre Critic, Amateur Stage ‘A chillingly funny razor sharp short play from an underrated playwright at the top of his Kendall Johns, Artistic Director< Less
The Boomerang By Melville Lovatt
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Ben, aged 12,has been given a boomerang and sets out with his father and grandfather to try it out in the local park. Unfortunately, the boomerang becomes lodged in the branches of a very high... More > tree. No amount of stone throwing by Ben’s father, Bob, can dislodge the boomerang from the tree. The image of the boomerang lost in the tree’s branches becomes central to the lives of all three. For all three are struggling separately with feelings of loss: Of a boomerang, of a job, of a wife and mother and of life itself. Their emotions and knowledge are concealed from each other for reasons of pride, cowardliness and love’.< Less
The Weekend By Melville Lovatt
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Colin returns, after many years away, to pay a weekend visit to Henry and Clair. On arriving, he announces ‘a slight change of plan’, implying he may be staying longer. For Colin has... More > returned to win Clair from Henry. Beneath seemingly light conversation, both men become locked in their battle for Clair. The Weekend, for all three, brings into sharp focus their past and present isolation from each other.< Less
The Lamp By Melville Lovatt
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Doreen and Arnold have driven 25 miles to buy a lamp advertised in a magazine. Unfortunately, to their increasing frustration, Doreen, on actually seeing the lamp, is unable to decide whether... More > she really wants to buy it. Their frustration is further greatly increased when they discover they have accidentally been locked in the shop overnight. Doreen and Arnold have been growing apart. Now trapped together with no chance of escape, they are forced to examine their present relationship. Will THE LAMP bring them together or drive them further apart?     A funny, sad, tender, richly comic two-hander’.< Less
Small Mercies By Melville Lovatt
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Prize Winner-----Jack Langford Memorial Award Prize Winner-----Derek Lomas Memorial Award  In Melville Lovatt’s award winning comedy / drama, Small Mercies, people’s lives hang well... More > and truly in the balance. Shop owner Donald and wife Andrea are desperate people with a failing business. They decide to pay an arsonist to set fire to the shop so they can claim on the insurance and start a new life. Little do they know that two late customers have inadvertently been locked inside! As the two couples, each with their own very different problems, touch each others’ lives with unexpected results, the dark comedy, pathos and fragility of existence shines through in this ultimately uplifting play’.   Author’s Note: Small Mercies developed as a continuation of my one act play, The Lamp and includes much of The Lamp’s text whilst focusing mainly on the furniture shop owner, Donald and his family.< Less
Making Adjustments By Melville Lovatt
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‘To tell you the truth, I’ve been dreading this time. Ron’s retirement, that is, for quite a while, now. The thing is, I’ve got used to having my own space. But Ron seems... More > intent on invading my space. He has so many plans to keep us both active, I’m not sure I’ll have any space left’. So speaks Anita. She is, however, quite pleasantly surprised when things unexpectedly turn out in her favour...  Adapted into a play by Melville Lovatt from his Noda Award winning monologue, Making Adjustments. Making Adjustments is a true comic gem, a very ironically funny account of a couple struggling to cope with retirement.< Less
Bedtime Story By Melville Lovatt
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Bedtime Story is a virtuoso, lyrical exploration of physical nearness and emotional separation.
The Distressed Table By Melville Lovatt
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Christine visits Bernard’s furniture shop and spots a coffee table she decides to buy. She insists, however, on certain conditions which Bernard, as the salesman, finds unacceptable. As the two... More > haggle over its quality and price, the distressed table, having drawn them together, seems to underline the distress in their lives. Will it also be pivotal in changing their lives as both of them desperately need to move on?            A poignant, ironically funny, rollercoaster play, surprisingly uplifting.< Less

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