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Othniel Smith

OTHNIEL SMITH

  (1962 - 2020)

Nationality:    British
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Othniel was an artist, writing for television, radio and theatre. His plays included Giant Steps (Oval House and Chapter Arts Centre, 1998, published in New Welsh Drama II, Parthian Books, 2001), Fight of the Century (BBC Wales and the Sherman, 2002), See The Glory (read as part of Talawa's Manz Like Me season at the Young Vic, 2008). He was a key writer for Made in Wales, the Cardiff-based company dedicated to new writing. Short stories and plays for BBC Radio Four included Thank You for Talking to Me Africa (1994) and Man Talk (2001). He wrote many episodes of the television series The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Kerching!, Hilltop Hospital and Tati's Hotel. He also directed for theatre, and had more recently gained a doctorate in Independent Film from the University of Glamorgan, making many short films including Lulu Gay by Wallace Stevens, When We Two Parted by Lord Byron, When You Are Old by W B Yeats, which were shortlisted for the Ë'Bheal International Poetry Film Competition at the IndieCork Festival of Independent Cinema (2013, 2014 and 2015) as was Census by Lissa Kiernan, which was also selected for the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Minster, Germany (2016). The Want Of Intimacy was selected for Paradise Cinema at Paradise Music Festival, Victoria, Australia (2015), Jazz Fantasia by Carl Sandburg was selected for the New York Jazz Film Festival, New York (2016). Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson made the official selection for the Miniature Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (November 2018 and 2019). He was currently working on Jamie Johnson series 6 for CBBC. Othniel also wrote the books Yer Blues, Miss Hanley's Letter, Sons of Nervous Lovers, Gurls With Guitars and The True Story of my Alien Abductions: by Adrian Longton. Othniel's presence will be very much missed by so many, in so many spheres, particularly in Cardiff, and he will be long remembered. Ever modest, quiet, thoughtful, and above all else, so very gentle and kind. I will personally miss him hugely, and will remember how wonderful it was when something made him laugh or smile. Heartfelt condolences to his family. Diolch am bopeth Othniel. Cysga'n dawel cariad.
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Wales Co-Chair Manon Eames

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        Actress         Bambino         Burned         D.M.S.R.         Dirty-Something         Does It Have Tits In It         Effete         Exquisite Corpse, The         Face Like John Cazale         Fight Of The Century         Floating         Giant Steps         Little Knowledge, A         Naked Major, The         Natural Selection         Nerd         Revolutionaries         See the Glory         Singing the O'Reilly Song         Songs For Swinging Lovers         This Whole Guns Knives Gangs Thing


Actress

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Notes:
performed as part of Seen

1st Produced:
The Other Room Theatre, Cardiff     Oct 2017

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short play

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Bambino

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1st Produced:
he Atrium, Unversity of South Wales     Oct 2017

Organisations:
Scriptdawg

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short play

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Burned

Synopsis:
A world of politics explodes in a Welsh Valleys kitchen.

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Welsh Fargo

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Genre:
Rehearsed Reading

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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D.M.S.R.

Synopsis:
A play about female friendship, and scars - both visible and invisible.

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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
Sherman Theatre Company

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Dirty-Something

Synopsis:
An Ibiza-set comedy about friendship, loss, mid-life crises and ulterior motives.

Notes:
Made In Wales Rehearsed Reading

1st Produced:
R.A.D.A. Bar, London     16 Jan 2007

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Does It Have Tits In It

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1st Produced:
Rehearsed Reading, Dempsey's Pub Theatre, Cardiff     2000

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Effete

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1st Produced:
Dirty Protest/National Theatre Wales     12 Oct 2014

Organisations:
Dirty, Gifted and Welsh

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Genre:
short play

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Exquisite Corpse, The

Synopsis:
Most of us have played a game of consequences at some stage. You draw a head, fold the paper over then pass it on to someone who draws the torso who then folds it over and passes it to someone who draws the legs etc, revealing a rather unusual creation at the end. the surrealists called this game Le Corps Exquisite which is the inspiration for true/fiction theatre Company's the Exquisite Corpse. However rather than a piece of paper, in this instance it is scenes written by various writers which are performed in a different order each night.
- Rachel Sheridan, British theatre Guide

Notes:
written by Branwen Davies, Angharad Devonald, Tracy Harris, Kit Lambert And Othniel Smith

1st Produced:
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff     19 Oct 2007

Organisations:
True/fiction Theatre company

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Music:
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Genre:
Piece

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXIX (2009) Page 0544

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Face Like John Cazale

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1st Produced:
Rehearsed Reading, Dempsey's Pub Theatre, Cardiff     1998

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Fight Of The Century

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1st Produced:
Sherman, Cardiff     12 Apr 2002

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Floating

Synopsis:
Man and woman in a pub.

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1st Produced:
Dempsey's Pub Theatre, Cardiff     2000

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Genre:
Ten minute play

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Giant Steps

Synopsis:
Set in an AIDS hospice, following the intertwined lives of two young Black men.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Oval House Theatre, London >>>     19 Nov 1998

Organisations:
Made in Wales

1st Published:
Contained in "New Welsh Drama 2" published by Parthian Books, 2001   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Little Knowledge, A

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1st Produced:
Rehearsed Reading At Made In Wales Stage Company     1993

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Naked Major, The

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1st Produced:
Milgi, City Road, Cardiff     24 Jan 2008

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1st Published:
published ináBare Fiction, Issue 2; April 2014   

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Genre:
Short play, rehearsed reading, part of Dirty Protest 3

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Natural Selection

Synopsis:
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Notes:
presented as part of All You Need Is Love

1st Produced:
Connah's Quay Labour Social Club, Clwyd     14 Feb 2014

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Genre:
Short play

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Nerd

Synopsis:
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Notes:
presented as part of An Evening With Pigs

1st Produced:
A.J.'s Coffee Bar     28 Apr 2018

Organisations:
ScriptDawg

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Music:
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Revolutionaries

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1st Produced:
Rehearsed Reading, Dempsey's Pub Theatre, Cardiff     1999

Organisations:
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See the Glory

Synopsis:
A Black British family find themselves embroiled in the War on Terror.

Notes:
read as part of Talawa'sáManz Like Meáseason at the Young Vic

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Talawa

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Singing the O'Reilly Song

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Rehearsed Reading At Made In Wales Stage Company     1997

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Songs For Swinging Lovers

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1st Produced:
Clwyd Theatre Cymru     15 May 2013

Organisations:
Picnic Plays / Celtic Festival

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Rehearsed Reading byáDirty Protest

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This Whole Guns Knives Gangs Thing

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Arts Council of England, Young People's Participatory Theatre Project     Aug 2008

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Treatment for verbatim drama

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