Ron Nicol spent several years in professional theatre, working in repertory, with touring productions, and in musicals, pantomime, music hall and variety. He went on to lecture in theatre with the University of St Andrews, train radio broadcasters at Glenrothes College in Fife, and produce and present programmes on Radio Tay. He was a drama adviser for the Scottish Community Drama Association and has been Principal Judge of the Geoffrey Whitworth playwriting competition since 2008. He's a graduate of Queen's University Belfast and Moray House College Edinburgh, a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators and the Scottish Society of Playwrights.
Ron co-founded Glenrothes Theatre Company with his wife Norma, a former professional actress, and for over thirty years has written and directed most of the group's adult and youth productions. With five writing prizes and sixty-five festival awards to his credit, he's published in the UK, the USA and the Netherlands (in Dutch) with 38 plays and pantomimes currently in print. There have been more than 200 productions of his plays and pantomimes throughout Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg and Minorca.
Ron's website is www.ron-nicol.com
Scripts by this Author
Aladdin - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
A fun-filled version of the well-loved tale.
Ali Baba & The Seven Thieves - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
Ron Nicol's version of the ever-popular Arabian Nights tale is faithful to the original, but fresh and fun-filled.
Assipattle - Full Length Play Scripts - Drama - All Groups
A Heros Tale based on a traditional Orcadian folk tale
Assipattle & The Stoorworm - One Act Play Scripts - Adult Groups
Assipattle, a simple farmer's son, dreams of becoming a hero, but is bullied by his older brother Fingal. When his sister Freya becomes maid to Princess Gemdelovely, Assipattle falls in love with the Princess.
Beauty & The Beast - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
Based on Madame Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont's 18th Century version of the traditional story.
Bird In The Bush, A - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups
It's a hot summer night and Bernard's stomachache and his abiding hatred of a cooing pigeon combine to keep his whole family awake.
Childe Rowland - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
An original pantomime by Ron Nicol, with words and music specially composed by Barbara Tulloch.
Christmas Carol, A - Full Length Play Scripts - Adult Groups
An adaptation of the Charles Dickens story
Cinderella - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
Cinders' life is made miserable by stepmother Countess Verrucca and stepsisters Hysteria and Amnesia, but she does go to the Ball and meets her Prince Charming. A fun-filled version of the traditional favourite.
Dick Whittington - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
Ron Nicol's version of the classic tale is strong on plot and character and typically has many parts for women - the villain is a Queen Rat and the Saucy Sal has a female crew!
Edge, The - One Act Play Scripts - Youth Groups
A suspenseful and emotionally charged two-hander for two teenagers on the difficult subject of teenage suicide.
Friends & Neighbours - One Act Play Scripts - Drama - Youth Groups
A modern teenage drama with overtones of 'West Side Story'.
Guleesh - One Act Play Scripts - Drama - Adult Groups
Guleesh goes with the Fairy Folk to steal the King Of France's daughter, but falls in love with the Princess and takes her from the Fairies instead, enlisting the help of a friendly priest to protect her.
Molly Whuppie - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
A pantomime written by Ron Nicol, with original songs composed by Barbara Tulloch.
Molly Whuppie & The Double-faced Ogre - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Youth Groups
'Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Ogre' was a prizewinner in the Youth Section of the Scottish Community Drama Association's Play on Words 2002 playwriting competition, and was first produced by St Michael's Players at the Village Theatre, East Kilbride on 9th November 2002.
Pig Tale - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - All Groups
Pig Tale was shortlisted in the Youth section of the Drama Association of Wales One Act playwriting competition 2008, being described by the judge Angharad Elen as "by far the funniest play in the competition; the only play that made me laugh out loud, not once but several times. Ron Nicol has a wonderful and quirky sense of humour."
Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
A fast-moving plot, memorable villains, and numerous roles for women.
Scoundrels & Stratagems - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups
An hilarious modern take on and parody of Victorian melodrama.
Sleeping Beauty - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
A fresh and fun-filled re-telling of the favourite story.
Snow White & The Three Vertically Challenged People - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
A fun-filled version of the much-loved tale in Typical Ron Nicol style with loads of female roles.
Spiriting of Burd Ellen, The - One Act Play Scripts - Youth Groups
A lively, inventive, and often hilarious play for youth groups with a mediaeval setting. Runner-up in the 2004 Play On Words competition.
Two Tall Tales - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - All Groups
'Two Tall Tales' concern the nonsensical and hilarious adventures of Victorian explorer Sir Henry Nearly.
Waiting For The Whale - One Act Play Scripts - Drama - Adult Groups
A one act play for three men and three women about a man making a point in a jobcentre - with a gun!
Wee Eck & Big Erchie - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - Adult Groups
A rollicking rural Scots comedy set in the 17th/18th century
Wise Villagers, The - One Act Play Scripts - Adult Groups
Based on an English folk tale. Though written with youth groups in mind, the play could be performed by mixed groups of young people and adults.
Wolf Tale - One Act Play Scripts - Comedy - All Groups
A sequel to the author's very successful play 'Pig Tale', this re-tells the story of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.