Free One Act Plays for Drama Class

Royalty-Free 10-Minute Play Scripts For Acting Students

Are you looking for original play scripts to use in your classroom? Drama teachers and directors will be delighted with these one act plays that are free to use for educational purposes.

Written by playwright Wade Bradford, this collection of short plays has something for every budding actor and actress. It primarily includes comedies that your young cast and students will love to work with and they entertain while you're teaching. 

Each of Bradford's play scripts included here is royalty-free, so you can feel free to use them in your classroom or amateur theater productions. You will also find a resource for radio drama scripts which can be used as character exercises that emphasize voice for action.

This ten-minute play is a parody of the famous play "12 Angry Men." It not only offers a humorous opportunity for actors of all levels, but it also provides a glimpse into the jury and justice system. Of course, there's a little allusion to "The Three Little Pigs" mixed in as well.

Both educational and hilarious, "12 Angry Pigs" has been performed all over the world, including Argentina, Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands. More »

Perfect for young performers, "Back to the Summer" is a quick and witty play that gives your class a lot of creative freedom. Add your own soundtrack, have students write jokes, do whatever you like to create a positive experience for your young actors.

The premise of the play follows three friends who take a time machine back to the 1980s. This sets a chain of events in motion that stirs up historical figures from the age of Pirates, the Old West, and Ancient Egypt. Even Thomas Edison makes a brief appearance.

It is a fun romp through time that actors of all ages will enjoy. More »

This short play for children is based on Wade Bradford's picture book "Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? Or, a History of Messy Rooms."

What begins as a simple question turns into a fun-filled history lesson that examines the lives (and chores) of children throughout the ages. In it, the two main characters — Mom and Jamie — are visited by children from various eras in time.

It is a fun, short production that allows young actors to explore simple dialogue and action. More »

"Montana Jones and the Gymnasium of Doom"

Written for performers between ages 10 and 14, this is a simple one act comedy that kids of that age will relate to and have fun with.

Two friends sit at the bus stop, lamenting their boring life in a new middle school, wishing for the days when they could play at recess and make up pretend adventures. That's when Montana Jones - part-time explorer and full-time fool - swoops in, taking the kids on a journey to discover their school in a whole new way. 

A two person scene which takes place at a movie theater box office, "Cinema Limbo" requires just two office chairs to set the scene. This is one that may make some teenagers uncomfortable, but that's okay because this is acting.

Employees Vicky and Joshua are having a friendly conversation that suddenly turns romantic. (Despite the fact that she already has a boyfriend!) More »

This holiday play tells the story of an unfortunate turkey who realizes that today is Thanksgiving. Guess who has a date with the chopping block? Lucky for him, a kind-hearted girl named Terri wants to give the Turkey a second chance at life.

Your drama students will get a chuckle out of the ending so you might want to surprise them with the first reading. More »

The "Generic Radio Drama" website has created a wonderful list of classic radio drama scripts. Although radio drama and live theater are two very different art forms, these scripts can still be excellent learning resources. There’s a lot of great material too!

  • Abbot and Costello
  • Flash Gordon
  • Little Orphan Annie
  • The Lone Ranger

These scripts are suitable for performances within the classroom environment. However, if you are thinking of performing a professional production, check out the website’s discussion about copyright material. You will find that some of the radio scripts now belong to the public domain, while others require permission. More »

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Bradford, Wade. "Free One Act Plays for Drama Class." ThoughtCo, Aug. 13, 2017, Bradford, Wade. (2017, August 13). Free One Act Plays for Drama Class. Retrieved from Bradford, Wade. "Free One Act Plays for Drama Class." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 18, 2018).