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

a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set at a railway station bench, Crewe, England, Wednesday, lunchtime, 2003,


; • © 2000 by Olivia Smedley; • in Olivia Smedley’s All Change (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, telephone (home) (44) 01270 760824. • Cited by Olivia Smedley via ftp May 15, 2004; Smedley says,

§ Dramatis Personae Mark (m), 35, well educated, married with children, very unhappy; Brian/Bri (m), 55, recently redundant, used to love train spotting, morose; Stuart (m), 25, schoolboy tearaway, troubled, generally laidback but has a temper when riled; Rebecca/Becky/Beck (f), 25, ex-catering student, ‘man mad’, very excitable.

§ Synopsis “Four friends go train spotting: Mark is freezing, Rebecca is excited, Stuart is pleased to be out of their residential home and Brian is quiet. Brian is a keen train spotter when he is well and Stuart and Rebecca make an effort to take an interest. As the group wait for a train to appear we learn that Rebecca is ‘man mad’, Mark is pining for his family and Stuart is happy as to be living in the home. Mark manages to upset everyone because he wants the day to go well and Stuart is determined to bend the rules. Stuart and Rebecca flirt with each other between rows. Rebecca suddenly announces that she has been deemed fit to leave the Home: Stuart is hurt, Mark is jealous and Brian gets upset. Brian has an outburst that frightens the group. The group manage to calm Brian down and they leave whilst discussing their next trip to a concert.

§ Comment “The play was written for a small group of community performers with little stage experience. The idea was for the piece to foster performance confidence by enabling the group to concentrate on delivering lines. Staging is incredibly easier as it is a one-act play and the cast remain on stage until the end. The stage directions are minimal (literally looking from right to left). The only props required are some binoculars or field glasses. Readers comments include: ‘A well researched and caring piece . . .’ and ‘An enjoyable script that would make an entertaining studio piece for four actors . . . ’. The play has been staged successfully at Dane Bank Theatre, Crewe, England in 2002.

§ Themes friendship, mental illness, social change, train.

See also Olivia Smedley's

  • "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
  • "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
Solovev, Boris (Russian playwright, 19__-____)

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