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Smedley, Olivia (aka Olivia G. Smedley, British playwright, scriptwriter, 1972-____), “Breathe Easy,”

a 10-minute comedy-drama, set in a hospital day room, England, 11.00 a.m., Tuesday, spring, 2003,

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; • © 2003 by Olivia Smedley; • in Olivia Smedley’s Breathe Easy (Sandbach, Cheshire, England: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Olivia Smedley, 11, Offley Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY, England, e-mail oliviagsmedley@aol.com, telephone (home) 44 01270 760824. • Cited by Olivia Smedley via ftp May 15, 2004; Smedley says,

§ Dramatis Persona Lydia (f), 50, a housewife who has always done good works and is very active in the Hospital League of Friends working in the Fund Raising Department.

§ Synopsis “Set during a relaxation class in an English Hospital. Lydia, has volunteered to lead the class in a subject she has no knowledge of. Lydia, who is charge of fund raising has little time for alternative therapies and bullies the patients in the class. Lydia is incredibly hurt when one of the patient’s complains and rants about their ingratitude.

§ Comment “The monologue was written to be performed with my other monologues ‘Patience’ and ‘Wipe Away the Smears’ as a 30 minute piece called ‘Healing Arts’. ‘Healing Arts’ was filmed in 2003 ‘Doctor’s Mark’ and entered into the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2003. A section of ‘Breathe Easy’ has been performed at the Actors’ Centre in London’s West End. The monologue is easily staged (requires just a chair and a book) and would make an ideal audition/showcase piece.

§ Themes alternative therapy, gratitude, physical illness, relaxation, volunteerism.



See also Olivia Smedley's

  • "All Change," a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set at a railway station bench, Crewe, England, Wednesday, lunchtime, 2003, 3m1f
  • "Fun Run," a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set during a three-legged race, England, March, 2002, 2f
  • "My Name is Fizz II," an 8-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a bathroom, England, 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June, 1997, 1f
  • "Patience," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a hospital waiting room, England, 2003, 1m
  • "Queen Anne II," a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Buckingham Palace, London, England, Friday, July, 2010, 1f
  • "Snip-Snip," a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a hairdresser's salon, Wednesday afternoon, June, 2002, 3f
  • "Wipe Away the Smears," a 10-minute drama in English, set in the café of Christie Hospital, Manchester England, early afternoon, Thursday, June, 2003, 1f

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