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Smedley, Olivia (aka Olivia G. Smedley, British playwright, scriptwriter, 1972-____), “Wipe Away the Smears,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set in the café of Christie Hospital, Manchester England, early afternoon, Thursday, June, 2003,


; • © 2003 by Olivia Smedley; • in Olivia Smedley’s Wipe Away the Smears (Sandbach, Cheshire, England: The Author, 200_); • 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 Personae Siobhan (f), 30, a keen and efficient catering assistant, second-generation Irish, Manchester born, wife of Lee, mother of one son, Kieron.

§ Synopsis “Siobhan recently started work in the Hospital café to supplement the family income. A keen and efficient catering assistant, she is telling a customer about her job. Siobhan’s discourse reveals that she is concerned about illness, specifically cancer. Siobhan, not so comfortable in the job as she pretends, has poor associations with the hospital, as it is where her Nana died.

§ Comment “The monologue is easily staged (requires just a chair and table) and makes an ideal audition/showcase piece. • “The monologue was written to be performed with my other monologues ‘Breathe Easy’ and ‘Patience’ as a 30-minute piece called ‘Healing Arts’. ‘Healing Arts’ was filmed in 2003 as ‘Doctor’s Mark’ and entered into the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2003.”

§ Themes death, fear of illness, health, money, parenting.

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
  • "Breathe Easy," a 10-minute comedy-drama, set in a hospital day room, England, 11.00 a.m., Tuesday, spring, 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

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