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Smedley, Olivia (aka Olivia G. Smedley, British playwright, 1972-____), “Fun Run,”

a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set during a three-legged race, England, March, 2002,


; • © 2000 by Olivia Smedley; • in Olivia Smedley’s Fun Run (Sandbach, Cheshire, England: The Author, 2000); • script/rights available from Olivia Smedley, 11, Offley Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY, England, e-mail oliviagsmedley@aol.com. • Cited by Olivia Smedley via ftp February 14, 2003; Smedley says,

§ Dramatis Personae Fiona Duncan (f), 33, a fitness fanatic; Jessica Bevan (f), 37, a chocoholic.

§ Synopsis “Fiona and Jessica struggle to escape their ankle tie, sharing memories and long repressed emotions. Fiona decides to tell Jessica that she and her husband can't have children. Jessica has mixed feelings to this information as Fiona caused great upset by marrying Jessica's beloved ex. The girls have a terrible row, and Jessica announces that she can't forgive Fiona for 'pinching her boyfriend'. Jessica insists they finish the race.

§ Comment “Staging needs absolutely nothing—except a tie for the actresses’ legs. • Premiered Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, England, March, 2002. Produced Duke's '92, Manchester, England, August, 2000; Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August, 2002. • Review in The Scotsman, August 8, 2002: “How good to catch a show that could use some padding instead of being cut back. Clocking in at a slender 35 minutes. Fun Run is a lovely little slice of domesticity, brimming with Mancunian salt-of-the-earth type patter. Author Olivia Smedley has written something that might have come from Mike Leigh's bottom drawer. Sisters Fiona and Jessica are doing a fun run together. This is not a simple matter, what with one being built for speed and the other for, shall we say, comfort. They have never lost contact as such, but there has been a form of estrangement ever since the younger Fiona married her sibling's ex-boyfriend ten years previously. Director Russell Tennant paces everything well and Yvonne Pinnington and Coronation Street's Corinne Coward are ideal foils for each other . . . .”

§ Themes chocolate, family closet, infertility, jealousy, physical fitness, punishment, sister-sister relationship, three-legged race.

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
  • "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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