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MRS DILBERS FABULOUS BEDCURTAINS
by Arthur M. Jolly

8-35 roles.
Running time: 75 mins.


CHARACTERS

Mrs. Dilber
Chestnut Vendor
Chimney Sweep
Doorknob
Mr. Stout
Mr. Portly
Bob Cratchit
Frederick Scrooge
Emily Cratchit
Javob (née Jacob) Marley
Belinda Cratchit
Martha Cratchit
Peter Cratchit
Tiny Tim Cratchit
Ghost of Christmas Past
Young Ebenezer
Mean Child
Meaner Child
Young Belle
Scrooge (18)
Belle (18)
Abigail
Mr. Fezziwig
Mrs. Fezziwig
Milkman
Cook
Cook's Brother
Ghost of Christmas Present
Maureen
Rose
Topper
Ghost of Christmas Future
Little Match Girl
Dr. Jekyll
Sweet Tiny Tim
ENSEMBLE

SETTING

London, 200 Years Ago

SYNOPSIS

A reimagining of A Christmas Carol without the old rich miser in it at all, but instead centering on Mrs. Dilber - the housekeeper who takes his bedcurtains in the original - and her epic attempt to get some bedcurtains in spite of a series of ghosts and other diversions on a night adjacent to the more familiar story.

About Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains

Comedy, Full Length, Large Cast: 8-35 Actors plus ensemble

A Radio play version is available

Mrs Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains
A brand new play, still in the early drafts.

Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains is a new version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - but instead of centering on the old white guy, it features Mrs. Dilber - the housekeeper who takes his bedcurtains in the original - and her epic attempt to get some bedcurtains in spite of a series of ghosts and other diversions on a night adjacent to the more familiar story.
I wrote the play because, well, I'm so tired of A Christmas Carol. I mean, I like it - it's a fun play, and I've seen some lovely versions... but I want something a little different. I'm ready for a change, and when I want to see a play that suits my tastes exactly, luckily I have an easy solution. Write it!
It has some of the sillier tones of The Lady Demands Satisfaction - actually, probably even sillier in many places - but with the same elemental core of seriousness - although where Lady dives into gender roles, Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains aims squarely at our social inequality that has only gotten worse since Dickens wrote the original.

An NPX review of Mrs Dilbers Fabulous Bedcurtains

I hope to have a table read soon, and when I posted info about it in a couple of FaceBook groups, I had more than thirty High School teachers ask for a copy... so I think this one will be done next season for sure!
A Radio Play version is also available! Contact me!





Sample Dialogue...


An excerpt from Mrs Dilbers Fabulous Bedcurtains





Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains is available from the playwright for production.