In recent years Mark has established himself as an award winning playwright, having a number of his scripts published and produced both at home and abroad, including performances of his work in America, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Hawaii. Scripts currently available through Mark’s publisher lazybeescripts include the multi award winning One Act Play “A Life Sentence” which deals with the debilitating effects of Dementia on both the suffer and their family. Other One Act scripts available include “Leaving Tommy;” a story of two teenage friends who sign up for the Kings shilling during the First World War, only to find one of them awaiting execution for alleged desertion from the heat of battle in the trenches. “Venue Magazine” described this play as “Compelling, and an effective and moving addition to a canon of work about The Great War including Morpurgo/Reade’s “Private Peaceful” and John Wilson’s “Hamp.”
Mark also explores the sensitive nature of a tortured relationship between a working girl and her client in “The Game of Love,” set in the swinging sixties. “Sarah” is a story that touches on a young girl’s decent into depression and despair.
“You and Me Makes Three” exposes the raw nerve of betrayal between three friends, while “Family Ties” is a full length piece dealing with the tensions between a seemingly close knit family when a destructive revelation threatens to tear them apart.
"Without Trace", is a one act play that tells the story of sixteen year old Amy Mason who goes missing from home. Is it just the rebelling of a frustrated teenager that has led to Amy's leaving, or is there a more sinister reason for her disappearance?
Mark also has his own hilarious version of the popular Pantomimes “Babes in the Wood” and “Snow White and the Jealous Queen” available through “Lazy Bee.”
Mark has also co-written and directed a challenging new musical, “What if it’s True” which is also available directly through his publisher. The story revolves around newly wed couple Chris and Kathy Blake who find their dream of wedded bliss isn’t all they hoped for when lies and deceit enter in. But if nobody knows or finds out, what’s the harm? However they hear rumours that there is one who knows! Can they really be offered a second chance....or is it just fantasy and fable? This show has also been published and is available through Lazy bee scripts following its successful launch in Bristol in 2011
available directly from Mark through this site include,
“Bench Marks,” “Stages of the Heart”.
See below for further details of how to contact Mark about his scripts and for a synopsis of his plays.
A Life Sentence: A one act play and love story depicting the emotional challenges and eventual loss facing a family touched by Dementia. This moving two hander featuring a husband and wife, both in their mid-late Fifties, has won no fewer than eleven awards at various Festivals, including “Festival Winner”, “Best Original Play”, “Best Director” along with “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” awards. It was also invited, as one of only six plays, to appear at the prestigious National Drama Festivals Association’s 35th British All Winners Festival. Here it was staged alongside other work by such luminaries as “Arthur Miller”, “John Godber” and “Harold Pinter”. President of the Association that year was Sir Derek Jacobi. Mark directed this play at all the performances.
The drama takes place in a Military prison cell with Seventeen year
old Private David Reece awaiting execution for desertion from the front line on
July 16th 1916, the opening day of The Battle of the Somme.
David is alone in his cell with under an hour until his execution when he is
visited by the Army Chaplain. David is accused of deserting his best friend and
fellow troop members, but David’s account of events is very different. Can his
time with the Chaplain prove enough to save his young life?
This fictitious and harrowing one act play and story is based on real events, and again picked up a number of awards for its three actors, including, “Festival Winner”, “Best Original Play”, “Best Director” and “Best Actor”. It was recently performed professionally at The Alma Tavern Theatre in Clifton Bristol, and received a glowing review in “Venue Magazine”. Mark directed this play at all the Festival performances, and it was directed by the respected Bristol based actor and director Duncan Bonner at The Alma Tavern.
A one act play depicting the shared laughter, secrets,
emotion and eventual loss in a relationship spanning
fifty years. The action is set in a West Country seaside
restaurant where the central characters Ted and Violet
have returned every ten years following their original
visit during their honeymoon at the start of the Second
World War. Ted has chosen this anniversary visit to
confess a terrible truth to Violet, but has he left it
Another award winning play for Mark, with Stages of the Heart picking up Seven awards, again including, “Festival Winner”, “Best Original Play”, “Best Director” and a richly deserved “Best Actor Award” for the central character of Ted. Mark directed this play at all Festival performances.
The Game of Love:
“Working girl”, Carol and her client Tony
embark on an emotional journey of personal discovery and revelation between
these two very different individuals.
This full length one act play challenges its audience to think again about the often stylised view of prostitution and of those who use the services of the “Working girl”? Mark directed this play to some acclaim at its launch in 2010 at The Alma Tavern Theatre in Clifton Bristol. Venue Magazine promised a show of rare quality in its review.
Ted Porter is looking forward to celebrating his 60th
birthday with his family. He joined the local
mining company in his home town of South Yorkshire at
the end of the war in 1945 as a sixteen year old, and
worked there for the next forty years until taking
redundancy following the miner’s strike in the mid 80‘s,
and a downturn in his health. He is a proud man, well
respected in the community, and much loved by his wife
Doris who has supported Ted through thirty four years of
marriage. They have two sons, both in their early
thirties. Ian is the eldest, and is married to
Sally who is heavily pregnant with their first baby.
He is also the local Church minister, and a great source
of pride to both Ted and Doris who brought both boys up
to attend the local Church in their youth. Their
second son Paul lives in London and is a successful
business consultant in the rapidly expanding world of
computer technology. He has not always lived up to
his father’s expectations, but Ted is grudgingly
acceptant of the fact that his son has made his mark in
life and appears to be happy, although they have had
their differences over the years. Doris is excited
at the prospect of having her family together for the
first time in a while. However, the planned
celebrations are rocked by an announcement that
threatens to tear the family apart.
This is a newly published three act play, and again promises to both challenge and entertain its audience.
What If It’s True?: Newlyweds Chris and Kathy Blake embark on married life together with all its traditional demands. Like so many others, they feel that as a couple they are invincible and secure from the challenges and temptations of the outside world. For a while all goes well in their new roles of Mr and Mrs, eventually starting a family and not looking beyond their own immediate comfort and needs. However, when their relationship comes under pressure through Chris’s excessive drinking and infidelity the cracks begin to show. Following Kathy’s demand for change, Chris comes to realise they need more than just their own human resolve to get them back on track. Could God provide the help and answers they are looking for? They both heard the stories of Jesus when they were younger, and like so many others dismissed them as fantasy and fable. But what if he’s real, -“What if it’s True”?
Other Plays and Pantomimes available directly from Mark.
You and Me makes Three: Tony and Paul grew up as best friends with Tony acting as best man at Paul’s wedding to Kathy. The three of them formed a deep friendship and were inseparable for a while. After a few months of marriage Paul and Kathy had a major falling out, resulting in Tony and Kathy having a brief and secret affair, with Kathy becoming pregnant. Tony moved away, and Kathy and Paul got on with married life. However, following the death of Tony in a car accident some twenty years on, the events of the past return to both challenge and disturb Paul and Kathy’s seemingly idyllic life together.
Bench Marks: A One Act play depicting the life, colour and events experienced in a single day on a park bench. The action takes place on or around a park bench in a public recreation area, and can be based in almost any town or city in Britain. The time is around 2006.
Feb 2012 production of "Babes in the Wood" by the Gunnislake Amateur Dramatic Society (GLAD) who commented that they "We're as pleased as punch to present the very first production of Mark Seaman's Babes in the Wood. The script was outrageously funny, full of puns, strong characters and plenty of action. It was hugely popular with our audiences who were full of praise for the very professional performances - achieved in no small part because of a clear, practical and polished script."