Ale's Well That Ends Well by Shaun Needham | Script Revolution

Ale's Well That Ends Well

Inspired by events that led to the creation of the Black Sheep Brewery; a tee-total brewery owner is forced into a partnership with a scheming millionaire to honour his father's dying wish.



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“Ale in the head but family at the heart.”

Mason’s Ale is the pride of North Yorkshire but, when his father passes away, Paul Mason - a man who has never touched a pint of beer in his life - inherits the family business alongside his two brothers; pessimistic Tim and happy-go-lucky Mark. However, when it becomes clear that the company will go bust in a matter of months, Paul is forced with an impossible choice: sell to the eccentric Harry Heslop - the man who ran off with Tim's wife and owner of a much larger, rival brewery - or allow the business to go bankrupt and destroy the legacy his father entrusted to him. Obsessed with emulating his late father and blinded by Harry’s promises of fame and fortune, Paul sells the company and destroys his relationship with his brothers. Despite much short-term success, eventually, scheming Harry reveals his true colours and forces Paul out of the business, leaving him with a pregnant wife who he can no longer support, an estranged brother and his old man's legacy in tatters.

Determined to honour his father’s dying wish, Paul hatches a plan to open a new brewery directly across the street from Mason’s Ale but the brewer who doesn’t drink soon finds his head spinning as he realises that he has so much more to re-build than just a brewery.

Submitted: August 25, 2019
Last Updated: August 25, 2019

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The Writer: Shaun Needham

Full-time, disgruntled secondary school teacher; optioned screenwriter and semi-professional singer. My parents actively encouraged me to take part in as many different things as possible and take my opportunities. Without their influence, I would not have the creative passions and intuition that I have today. I have always loved stories but, for one reason or another, when it came to university choices I made the (with hindsight, incorrect) decision to pursue a career as a PE teacher and have now spent twelve years working in an inner-city school in Sheffield. Don't get me wrong, I love being able to help kids pursue their dreams and ambitions but, after about six years of it, I had an... Go to bio

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