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Stephen Smith

STEPHEN SMITH  (1957 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Samuel French London  


Stephen (Stage name Stephen Scheurer-Smith) has been an actor since 1977 appearing in over eighty stage productions. He wrote his first play THE LAST RESORT in 1985 winning three best new play awards. His second play IN THE MIDDLE became his first published play (renamed as MISMATCH) and he has now written seventeen plays, mostly one-acts, winning nearly thirty different awards at drama festivals. All his plays are premiered by Waterbeach Community Players (wcponline.org.uk) in which he either directs or appears. He currently has nine plays published which have not only been performed widely throughout the UK but in several overseas countries too. Stephen spent several years working as a film extra (a subject he used for two of his plays BACKGROUND ARTIST and ON LOCATION) and has appeared in several business training and student films. Since 2000 he has worked as a professional roleplay actor mainly involved in the training of medical students and the inspiration for his play EIGHT SECONDS.

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Anniversary         Background Artiste         Beneath the Surface         Boxed In         Departure         Eight Seconds and Barbecue         Last Resort, The         Mismatch         Offside         On Location         One-Sided Triangle         Parentcraft         Penalty         Playing Away         Psychic Babble and One Mistake         Score         Twice Bitten Once Shy



Anniversary

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1st Produced:
Sawston Drama Festival    26 Mar 2010

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WCP

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Genre:
Comedy Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Background Artiste

Synopsis:
Mary decides to spice up her life and join Alfredo Leache`s Background Artistes Agency. She soon learns it isn`t all glamour. She meets an eccentric, elderely couple Walter and Enid who later reveal their true suprising identity; secretary Jessica, who ceaselessy acts out her ambition to be an air hostess; and Alfred, the tireless boss who works hard for his actors against all the odds.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    1999

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WCP

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2000   -

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Beneath the Surface

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1st Produced:
Letchworth Drama Festival    10 Apr 1987

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Boxed In

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1st Produced:
Waterbeach    20 May 1998

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Genre:
Thriller

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Departure

Synopsis:
Stranded in an airport lounge during the inevitable delay of a holiday flight to Spain, Rosemary and her not-very-bright daughter, Mandy draw the reluctant Dennis and Shiela into conversation. Sheila has suggested a holiday to try to right her ailing marriage; Rosemaey is looking for a husband for Mandy. The comic tone of the play shifts continually between Rosemary`s malapropisms and Dennis` grimly humourous bigotry with the close of the play finding Rosemary unmoved by the chaos she has caused and Dennis near to a nervous breakdown

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    1988

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WCP

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1989   0-948790-407

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Eight Seconds and Barbecue

Synopsis:
Eight Seconds and Barbecue are two self contained comedies that also can be performed together as they are set over two consecutive weekends.. Local GP Lydia links the two plays as she is the only character to appear in both. Lydia is new to the area and Eight Seconds sees her left in charge of the surgery while the senior partner is away on a course. Barbecue is set in her home a week later as she hosts a house warming barbecue for her battling new neighbours. Both plays are an entertaining mix of comedy, giving rise to genuine belly laughs, and pathos showing the fragility of human nature.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    2006

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WCP

1st Published:
Jasper Publishing Ltd 2008   978-1-905993-87-1

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Genre:
Play - One Act, Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Last Resort, The

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1st Produced:
Waterbeach    20 Mar 1985

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Genre:
Comedy Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Mismatch

Synopsis:
If Neville Rampling had known who was really playing at Watergate Meadow, he would never have agreed to referee that Saturday. Neville (or ist Nigel ?) dreams of officiating at a Wembley Cup Final, but his refereeing career has so far been distinguised only by his perseverance. Hampered by a wife hell-bent on buying D.I.Y. furniture, a club chairman as crooked as a corkscrew, and a strange Polish `train-spotter`, Neville (or ist Norman ?) becomes involved in pre-match preparations which are a comic drama of epic proportions.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    1986

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WCP

1st Published:
Cambridge Publishing Services Ltd., Po Box 62, Cambridge Cb3 9Na, 1988   0-948790-407

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Offside

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1st Produced:
Waterbeach    12 May 2004

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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On Location

Synopsis:
Novice Mary is sent to the film shoot of a dubious sci-fi movie. At the early morning call in the church hall-cum-film crew canteen, she is initiated by the seasoned pros. morose Malcolm and camp Roddy, but with the arrival of wealthy, eccentric Victoria, matters become decidedly wacky. Can Samantha with her clipboard keep everyone in check, on cue, in costume - and disentagle her love life ? The play has been designed to be performed either by itself or as the second part of a double bill with BACKGROUND ARTIST.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    2000

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WCP

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2002   0-573-02353-0

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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One-Sided Triangle

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In northern Thailand, Mike and Brian are waiting for Sarah. She is to bring a new passport for Mike to escape the country. But as soon as Mike has the passport, he seems reluctant to leave-and even more reluctant to pay. Instead, he wants Brian to courier to London. Brian needs the fiancial reward offered, but his flight would go via Singapore where the death sentence awaits those who are caught. Sarah urges him not to accept. Brian goes for a walk to think over his decision. During his absence, the true nature of the game is revealed.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    1992

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WCP

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1994   0-573-12153-2

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Genre:
Thriller One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Parentcraft

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Four expectant mothers and one father find themselves in a small hospital room awaiting the midwife who is to give them their first Parentcraft class. Differences in experience, outlook and class lead to hilarious exchanges, as each of the five have to face, and come to terms with, the prejudices and foibles of their companions.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    1996

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WCP

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1996   0-573-12214-8

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Penalty

Synopsis:
In a hotel room in Azerbaijan, Howard wakes up with a monster hangover. Proffering English tea and sympathy is ministry official, Yellena. Slowly it emerges that Howard, who is to referee an important football match, has disgraced himself the previous evening at a dinner to welcome the UEFA officials. Or has he ? Yellena plays Howard like a fish, first cajoling then trying to blackmail him into agreeing to award a penalty to the Azerbaijan team at the evening`s match. And just when Howard thinks he`s in control, Yellena springs another surprise. . .

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    2002

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WCP

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2003   0-573-02359-X

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Genre:
Play One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Playing Away

Stephen Smith
Playing Away is a full length comedy for three men and three women, that follows the fortunes of two men forced to share a hotel room prior to a World Cup match between Finland and England. One a drunken womanising sports photographer and the other a naive environmental health officer whose only passion in life is supporting England. They form a bond until the photographer's wife and daughter turn up causing a bizarre series of misunderstandings with the brother and sister who run the hotel.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    1993

Organisations:
WCP Psychic

1st Published:
Jasper Publishing Ltd (2009) >>>    978-1-9.6997-36-6

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Psychic Babble and One Mistake

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Psychic Babble is a one-act comedy for four women and one man that leaves the audience wondering if the man is a true psychic or just a confidence trickster. With a female cast spanning three generations it is set in the bar of a small country hotel on quiz night. Jim boasts his psychic powers will provide all the answers and his new girlfriend Sandra fully believes him but her friend Vera is more sceptical and elderly Marjorie is just pleased for the night out. When teenager Donna discovers the questions Jim`s answers sound completely bizarre, but are they? Once again Stephen Smith creates a host of colourful characters full of humour and witty one-liners alongside an underlying drama about emerging personal tragedies and some less than honourable motivations to provide a very enjoyable and fun play. One Mistake is a one-act drama for two women and one man that creates a rollercoaster of emotions culminating in the shocking discovery of the 'one mistake' that has changed all three lives. A barman, a nightclub singer and her daughter are hiding dark secrets, their present lives burdened by loneliness caused by past tragedies, betrayal and repressive guilt. However, as with all Stephen Smith plays, it also has it's fair share of humour and witty one-liners. Winner of the 2008 Cambridge Drama Festival.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge    2008

Organisations:
WCP

1st Published:
Jasper Publishing Ltd 2009   978-1-906997-43-4

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Genre:
Play - One Act, Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Score

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1st Produced:
Waterbeach    12 May 2004

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Twice Bitten Once Shy

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1st Produced:
Waterbeach    05 Apr 1989

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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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