The Horsburgh Scandal

Written by:

Betty Jane Wylie

Cast Size:
18

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Biography
Drama

Themes:

Religion
Scandal
Teenagers
Youth

Length:

100 min.

Year Written:

1976

Synopsis:

“The true tale of the Chatham minister who fought off scandalous charges of ‘encouraging loose morals among United Church teenagers’.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Rev. Russell David Horsburgh / Pete Hamilton, his friend, a lawyer / Jeanie Hamilton, Pete’s wife / Rev. Jimmy Hamilton, Pete’s father, RD’s assistant minister / Lil Fisher, a member of the congregation / Barby Fisher, her teenage daughter / Stephen Tate, a reporter / Mark Gowan, Crown prosecutor / Bunny Creighton and Bill Creighton, members of the congregation, chaperones / Jonas, the caretaker / Cora Weston, a member of the congregation / Ken Harriston, Barby Fisher’s boyfriend / Other members of the congregation and of the town / Members of the press / Witnesses for the defence / Teenage members of Young People’s, and of Youth Anonymous

First Produced:

1976, Blyth

Resources:

Available through CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

Notes:

All the parts except that of Rev. Horsburgh can be played by doubles.