Scripts & Musicals
Crime Doesn't Pay
Crime Doesn't Pay is a gentle comedy based on a short story by Thomas Hardy. This simple to stage play has a strong moral, and allows children the opportunity to explore many aspects of stagecraft, including mime, narration, dialogue and tableaux. Set at Christmas, play performances could be expanded to include appropriate songs and the humour will appeal to adults and children alike.
If you are giving a public performance of this play you must purchase a performing rights licence, available below.
This play can be purchased as a download-only PDF version. You will need Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF reader.
This version DOES NOT include performing rights.
This version includes a Full Cast/Character List, Production Notes with suggestions for props, costumes and staging, and Follow-On Activities for further work in the classroom.
Supplied as a paperback copy. Post and packaging rates apply.
Includes some performing rights within the price.
This version DOES NOT include production notes or follow-on activities.
Performing Rights Licence
Note: some versions do not include performing rights within the price. If you are giving a performance of this play, then you will need a performing rights licence for any version that does not explicitly include it. The licence allows you to give up to 5 performances of this play and is valid for 6 months. For longer performance runs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.