Go to Home Page of Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online


yellow bar


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

a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a hairdresser's salon, Wednesday afternoon, June, 2002,


; • © 2002 by Olivia Smedley; • in Olivia Smedley’s Snip-Snip (Sandbach, Cheshire, England: The Author, 2002); • 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 Michelle (f), 19, a hairdresser, half-sister of deceased Kaz, unforgiving; Joan Owen (f), 50, a manager of a call centre, mother of Philip; Sue Tanner (f), 43, Joan's sister.

§ Synopsis “Joan is at a hairdresser's salon having her hair cut and washed by Michelle. This is a treat from her sister Sue, Joan's sister. Joan is a manager of a call centre and is rather condescending towards Michelle, making frequent jibes that seem to go over Michelle's head. We discover that Michelle's much loved, half sister Kaz, was knocked down and killed, and it seems likely that this was done by Joan's son Philip. Sue joins them and despite Joan's attempts to keep off the subject, Michelle finds out about Philip. It appears that Sue's daughter Melissa was in the car with Philip. This causes bad feelings between Joan and Sue. Michelle is unforgiving, despite Joan and Sue's sorrow, and Joan's plea that her son's life has been destroyed.

§ Comment “No scene changes. Two chairs and with a full hairdressing set; both worked equally well. • Premiered at Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton, England, August, 2001. Produced at Pauper's Pit Theatre, Buxton, England, November, 2001; Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, England, March, 2002; Unity Theatre, Liverpool, England, May, 2002; Tenant's Hall Theatre, Tatton Park, Knutsford, England, June, 2002.

§ Themes blame, coping, death, grief, loss, sibling relations, sister, retribution, sister-sister relationship, forgiveness, untimely death.

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
  • "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

This Website continues under construction and welcomes new citations and comments.

Page mounted February 16, 2003, and updated May 17, 2004, by the Webmaster.

return arrow

There is a there there with a correct click.

Quick Connections to Major Sections of This Guide

| Home Page | Contents | Acknowledgments |
| Foreword | Preface | Introduction |

| Author Index | Cast Size/Gender Index | Title Index | Glossary of Genres | Bibliography for Playwrights | Playbills by Themes |
| Eighty Script Analyses (in Print Volume) | Source Directory for Scripts |

| Visits Counter | Success Stories |
| Form for Submitting New Citation | Ordering 1/2/3/4 for the Show |
| Present Web Links | Adding Web Links |
| Guest Book | Disclaimer | General Bibliography |
| About the Author |

Quick Connections to Cast Size/Gender Menus

1 Actor
| One-Male Plays | One-Female Plays |

2 Actors
| One-Male-One-Female Plays | Two-Male Plays | Two-Female Plays |

3 Actors
| One-Male-Two-Female Plays | Two-Male-One-Female Plays | Three-Male Plays |
| Three-Female Plays |

4 Actors
| One-Male-Three-Female Plays | Two-Male-Two-Female Plays |
| Three-Male-One-Female Plays | Four-Male Plays | Four-Female Plays |

yellow beads

Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online


the more-extensive print volumes

1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

Vols. 1 and 2

(Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.; Folkestone, Kent, U.K.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, 1999)

vol. 1 [1995] ISBN 0810829851, vol. 2 [1999] ISBN 0810836009

Scarecrow Press, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706, U.S.A.

telephone 800-462-6420 or 301-459-3366, fax 800-338-4550

Scarecrow Press, 4 Pleydell Gardens, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2DN, England

Both volumes of this guidebook are available in 2-3 days from