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 Kristen Doherty

Playwright.  Screenwriter.  Director.  Educator.

Kristen Doherty is a nine-times published and internationally produced playwright, who has been a writer, director, theatre maker and drama teacher for more than twenty years. Over the past three years, there have been more than three hundred productions of her plays in schools and theatre companies all over the world, as well as every state of Australia.

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Large Cast Plays for Young People

On this site you will find monologues, one act, full length and short; large cast, flexible, female heavy/gender neutral plays for primary, middle and high schools, universities and theatre companies 

The plays span multiple genres and styles including, Shakespearean, Epic Theatre, Magical Realism, Adaptation,  Naturalistic, Comedy, Parody, Melodramatic and Educational Theatre (with a good amount of angst that teenagers love so much ;) 

QUEENS

King Henry VIII is trapped in purgatory and bound to his throne by a sinister Fool, and the ghostly Women in White. Here in his gilded cage, he is forced to relive the sins he committed against his Queens, mistresses and people, over and over again for an eternity.

The staging of Queens incorporates physical theatre, specifically Frantic Assembly techniques. The script integrates a multitude of original source documents; letters, eye-witness accounts, 16th century children’s rhymes and song lyrics. 

90 minutes, 10-30+ roles. Girl Heavy, Gender flexible. 

One Act and Full Length Versions available.

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THE DREAM

A teenage rom-com, Shakespeare style. 

On a hot Saturday morning on the grounds of St Athenian’s High School, rehearsals are underway for a Shakespearean Gala – ‘Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The boundaries between fantasy and reality blur when the actors' lives start to parallel those of their namesake characters as they are swept up in a tale that is more than 400 years old - How can Helena rewrite her story?

70 minutes, 8 to 20+ roles. Gender flexible.

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SHAKESPEARE BACHELOR

William Shakespeare has entered TV’s Bachelor Mansion in the search for his one true love - the greatest character he’s ever written. Guided by loveable host, Osher, the ten Shakespearean Bachelorettes; Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Titania, Juliet, Cordelia, Beatrice, Viola, Katherine, Tamora and Cleopatra fight for the glory of Will’s Final rose and will stop at nothing to win his heart. 60 minutes, 12 characters (2 boys 10 girls)

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THE CURSE OF MACBETH

When the Drama Club discover that their teacher is away for the rest of the term, they are dismayed to be stuck with her replacement, ‘the Beck’; the impudent and cynical PE teacher, overdue for long service leave, with a great dislike for Drama kids. The Beck soon leaves them to their own devices, with one rule, it has to be Shakespeare. Despite fearing the legendary curse the students decide on ‘Scenes from Macbeth’. Unconcerned that his heart belongs to another, mean girl, Monique, is crushing on Declan. Determined to make him fall in love with her, she resorts to invoking the curse of Macbeth to cast a love spell.  

Meanwhile the rehearsal for the most epic Five-Minute Macbeth rages on.

Do Shakespeare’s words really make people fall in love or is it just a bored PE teacher,  messing with the theatre’s technical equipment? 

Full length 70 minutes, One Act 40 minutes, 19 roles, gender flexible. 

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THE MARVELLOUS MELLOW MELODRAMA OF THE MARRIAGE OF THE MISLAID MINOR

A One Act comedy in the style of a traditional British Melodrama. 

Penelope Kerslake has returned home from boarding school to tell her beloved father, The Major, of her impending marriage to Gilroy Gladheart, unfortunately he has already promised her hand to another, the villainous Dirk Dastardly. Can Penelope escape this fate worse than death, be reunited with her one true love, foil the villain and save the day? 

Featuring all of the traditional stock characters, the moustache twirling villain and his idiotic sidekicks, the bumbling police department, the stupid handsome hero and his long suffering manservant and the Damsels in distress, who end up kicking butt. 

60 minutes, 10-19 actors.​

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BULLY!

Bully! is an Epic Theatre genre play which consists of vignettes of short scenes, monologues and duologues which revolve around the issue of bullying; themes include school yard bullying, cyber bullying, racism, exclusion, peer group pressure, frenemies, bystanders.

Bully! Is the companion piece to Teen. Both plays are designed for large casts with each actor playing multiple roles with the option of scenes being omitted and students also writing their own to integrate into the text and create their own unique production. The inclusion of musical numbers, physical theatre and dance pieces is also encouraged.


Every scene is based on real life accounts and events; some funny, some challenging, some heartbreaking, but all real.

50 minutes (flexible) 24 scenes and over 70 characters.

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TEEN

TEEN examines social and emotional issues faced by contemporary teenagers - body image, peer group pressure, jealousy, unrequited love, anxiety, friendship struggles, sexuality, relationships with parents etc.


Teen is the companion piece to Bully! Both plays are designed for large casts with each actor playing multiple roles with the option of scenes being omitted and students also writing their own to integrate into the text and create their own unique production. The inclusion of musical numbers, physical theatre and dance pieces is also encouraged.

60 minutes (flexible) 22 scenes and over 60 characters. 

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Ebenezer Scrooge, is a wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, old miser. Until one Christmas Eve when he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley, who tells him that he will be visited that very night by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. The spectres take an unwilling Scrooge on a journey through time where he is forced to see the error of his ways, and comes to appreciate his fellow man and revel in the joy of Christmas.

A full-length, non musical adaptation of Charles Dickens beloved classic masterpiece which uses Narrators to weave Dickens' beautiful narrative into the dialogue. 


70 minutes, 10-60 roles, girl heavy, gender flexible.

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TEN MINUTE MACBETH

The entire play of Macbeth jammed into ten minutes, super quick and lots of silly fun but will also give the actors an excellent crash course in the major plot points, themes, key quotes and characters of Macbeth. (Extracted from the Curse of Macbeth) 
8-30 roles.

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TWENTY MINUTE ROMEO AND JULIET

Twenty Minute Romeo and Juliet is fast, silly and funny, but also integrates all of the major characters, plot points, key lines and themes. The use of narrators who comment on the action, make it a really comprehensive retelling of Shakespeare’s original. 
* 8-25+ roles.

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GHOST STORY

A ghost story told around a campfire becomes real. 
*Middle School - 10-15 minutes, 14 characters (flexible)

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QUEENS (One Act Version)

King Henry VIII is trapped in purgatory and bound to his throne by a sinister Fool, and the ghostly Women in White. Here in his gilded cage, he is forced to relive the sins he committed against his Queens, mistresses and people, over and over again for an eternity.

The staging of Queens incorporates physical theatre, specifically Frantic Assembly techniques. The script integrates a multitude of original source documents; letters, eye-witness accounts, 16th century children’s rhymes and song lyrics. 


40 minutes, 9-30+ roles. Girl Heavy, Gender flexible. 

BOTTOM'S DREAM

A group of wayward teenagers venture into a forest to rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream, in an authentic setting. Little do they know that the forest is enchanted and they are about to be caught up in the magic of the Dream.


A comedic, magical-realism retelling, integrating contemporary characters inspired by the originals, spliced with Shakespearean characters and dialogue. 

Bottom's Dream is a one-act cut of my full-length play, The Dream. I have extracted the lovers and re-focussed on the Mechanicals and Fairies storyline.

It fits within the 40 Minute One Act Play competition time limit.


8-14+ characters. 40 minutes.

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THE REAL STORY OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND

We all think we know the Real Story of Alice in Wonderland, but was Alice really the sweet little girl the story books make her out to be? Or, was she actually a nasty piece of work?  Two narrators battle it out, as they show the audience contrasting versions of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic.
60 minutes. 13-30+ (unlimited) roles.

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