The Wiley Old Coot: A Birdie French Radio Mystery

Written by:

Rose Scollard

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Mystery
Radio

Themes:

Aging
Betrayal
Detective

Length:

30 min.

Year Written:

1993

Synopsis:

“It sounded like an explosion more than a gun, not sharp but definitely loud enough to make me put my hands to my ears. And Barney… Barney clutched the side of his face, spun a little and dropped like a stone. I bent down to Barney. He lay there limp and floppy like a broken doll. There was no sign of life. Over the fence there was a rustle of movement behind the tangle of junk there. A white face peered out.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Birdie French / Jordan Wilde / Mac Yorke / Barney Bajinsky / Peggy / Colley Pendleton / Nurse Jackson

First Produced:

1993, CBC Radio

Resources:

The Wiley Old Coot: A Birdie French Radio Mystery is available through the CPO Website.

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

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

The Wiley Old Coot is one of the scripts from Birdie French, Private Investigator, a 6-part radio drama series produced by the CBC in 1993 as part of their Mystery Series.