About our Search Engine
Spend a little time looking at how our search engine works and you’ll be able to find the exact scripts you’re looking for.
Search by Type of Script
We publish scripts in lots of different Genres. Most popular are Pantomimes but you can also use this drop-down to find Comedies, Dramas, Murder Mysteries, Plays for Kids, One-Act Plays, Sketches and Short Plays. If you click into a category, this will be entered into the search field. You can then select several others if you wish (scripts from all the categories you've selected will appear in your search). If you're just searching by genre, click the 'search' button at the bottom of the form to be given a list of scripts that match your search.
Length of Script
The length of a script is quite fluid, depending on how you produce it. You might add songs or interludes for example. Search using this category and you’ll find scripts that should fit into the time-slot you are looking to fill. This search is particularly useful for use in revues and competitions. As with 'type of script' you can choose more than one length of script and the results will contain scripts from all of the lengths you selected.
Minimum Actors Needed
Some smaller theatre groups may need to search for scripts that can be performed by a small cast (such as scripts with three characters needing three actors or six characters performed by three actors doubling) or indeed, larger groups may need scripts with many roles. For example, if you select '6' here, the scripts you'll see in your results will all need at least 6 actors to perform.
Choose this option if you want to bring back all the scripts that your group is able to produce, based on how many actors you have. If you’ve got ten actors, choose ’10 or less’. This will show you all the scripts that have ten, nine, eight, seven, six etc. roles in them.
Number of Characters
Use this part of the search if you’re looking for a script with a particular number of characters in it. If you’ve got 10 actors and you want everyone to get a part, choose 10 in this search box.
Search for Tag
Looking for scripts about Elves? School? Cheese? Or simply looking for inspiration? Search by tags!
This search box is helpful to find keywords in the titles of the plays. Try typing in ‘Cinderella’ and see what happens.
You can combine many different criteria (for example, choose 'Pantomimes', performed to 'Mixed age', performed by 'mixed age' with a minimum of 10 actors and click search!) – if you select more than one criteria, it will narrow down the scripts that are found so you can be very specific about what you want to find.
If you like the plays by one of our playwrights, you can also use the 'search by playwright' box.
Remember - once you've selected all of your criteria, you need to press the 'Search for Scripts' button to find the results.
If there are no scripts which fulfill your criteria, the search box will appear, showing only the criteria you selected so you can remove one and search again. Widening your search will help you find the script you're looking for.